Tigers run at 2021 ESD cross country meet

PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED Above: Huron’s Cheech Harman leads a pack of runners in the boys’ 5K varsity ESD meet Saturday in Brandon. Below: Josie Vlieger competes in the girls’ varsity race. Both Harman and Vlieger earned All-ESD Conference recognition with their finishes.

BRANDON — The Brandon Valley Lynx won the girls’ ESD title Saturday on their home course, while the Aberdeen Central boys’ edged Harrisburg for the team title, at McHardy Park course in Brandon.

The Lynx totaled 29 points in the girls’ race, led by the one-two finish of Addison Scholten and Mia Wentzy. Scholten was individual medalist, finishing the 5K course in 19:08.38. Harrisburg was a distant second with 48 points, with Aberdeen Central finishing third with 100.

Huron failed to fill a varsity girls’ team, but saw Josie Vlieger finish a strong 15th to earn All-ESD recognition in the race.

“Josie ran in the top 24 through most of the first half of the race,” said Angie Thomas, HHS cross country head coach. “Then she began picking off runners and moving up.” Vlieger was edged by an Aberdeen Central rummer by 4/100s of a second to finish in 15th place.

Aberdeen Central’s boys’ team scored 53 points to edge Harrisburg, which ended with 55, while Pierre finished third with 76 points.

Josh Martin of Aberdeen Central was individual medalist on the day, in a time of 16:35.59. Hayden Shaffer of Pierre was second and Yankton’s Zach Fedde was third.

Huron’s boys’ team finished in seventh place in the team standings, led by Cheech Harman’s 15th place finish, which earned him All-ESD honors. TJ Lien finished in 16th, just missing all-conference recognition, while Will Radke was 40th. Angel Olivo Porcayo finished 55th for Huron, Will Knippling was 63rd and Cameron Cutshaw finished 65th.

Thomas said that Harmon followed the same playbook in the boys’ race as Vlieger did in the girls’.

“Cheech was running middle of the pack on the first of three looks, then stepped it up on the second loop to move into the top 15.”

In the girls’ JV race, Huron’s Lily Meyer finished fifth and Tatum Petson was 6th for the Tigers, leading the girls’ to a fourth-place finish in the team standings. Thomas said that Peterson, Kayeleigh Bowden and Ellie Puterbaugh all ran personal bests on Saturday.

Several of the Huron boys’ ran person bests on Saturday in the JV race, led by Angelo Medina, while Ben Ahlers and Griffin Storm also PR’d on the day.

Lily Meyer (7th grade) and Tatum Peterson (10th grade) placed 5th & 6th in the girls JV 4K race.  The girls JV team placed 4th overall.  Peterson, Kayeleigh Bowden, and Ellie Puterbaugh all ran PRs.

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