Huron runners compete in Watoma Invite

PHOTO BY ROGER MERRIAM/PUBLIC OPINION Huron’s Will Radke leads a pack of runners during the Watoma Invite on Thursday.

WATERTOWN — The Aberdeen Golden Eagles took the boys’ crown and the Brandon Valley Lynx squeaked out a win for the girls’ title Thursday at the Watertown Watoma Invitational cross country meet, held at the Cattail Crossing Golf Course.
Brandon Valley scored 54 points to win the girls’ title, edging S.F. Roosevelt who had 56. The Aberdeen Central girls’ team was one point back in the tightly bunched standings.
Melanie Jacobs of Aberdeen broke the tape in the girls’ race, in a time of 19:06, while Mia Wentzy and Gracyn Gruber of Brandon Valley chased her across the line.
The Golden Eagles’ win in the boys’ race came with more breathing space, as they rolled up 29 team points, with all three of their scoring runners in the top 11 on the day. Brandon Valley was second with 49 and Harrisburg a distant third, with 103 points.
Aaron Ryan was the individual winner in the boys’ race in a time of 16:16, followed by Britton Elkin of Brandon Valley and Central’s Daniel Street. Huron’s lone entry in either varsity race, Will Radke, finished 55th in the boys’ division.
Top Huron performers in the JV races included Angel Olivo Porcayo who finished 11th in the boys’ race, while Victoriah Buffington was edged out by five seconds to take the runner-up spot in the girls’ race. Teammate Brooklyn Boetel was fifth in the race for Huron.
Tiger runner TJ Lien finished second in the Middle School boys’ race, finishing four seconds behind the leader. Cameron Cutshaw was 17th in the race. And Tatum Peterson garnered a third-place finish in the MS girls’ event, with teammate Hannah Schoenfelder taking 12th.
Huron is off until Oct. 12, when the Tigers will travel to Aberdeen to run in the ESD Conference Meet, before closing the regular season with the Rogel Loecker Invitational at Broadland Creek Golf Course on Oct. 17.

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