Bearcat boys capture UNK Cross Country Invitational

Anthony Parra

In less than a month the Scottsbluff boys cross country team will go for a third straight state title at the Kearney Country Club. Monday they had the opportunity to run the course during the UNK Cross Country Invitational and Jim Barker's crew passed with flying colors winning the Class B division with 27 points, four better than second place Mount Michael.

Thomas Kalil of Mount Michael was the medalist less than two seconds ahead of Matthew Barraza of Scottsbluff. Barraza was one of three Bearcats finishing in the top ten. Anthony Parra was fourth and Brendan Taedter ended up in eighth. Two other Scottsbluff runners were in the top twenty of a 240-runner field. Taylor James was 13th and Justin Pritchard finished 16th.

Sidney and Gering also had teams compete. The Red Raiders finished ninth and Gering 14th in the 20-team field. Sidney's top finisher was Sam Atereburn in 22nd. Gering was led by Sam Leach who finshed 52nd.

In Class B girls competition Seward was the team champ by 12 points over Plattsmouth. Sidney finished sixth, Scottsbluff was ninth and Gering 11th in the 19 team field.

Sidney's Alli Ehler was third in the field, right ahead of Taylor Muncie of Scottsbluff. Rachel Huffman paced Gering with an 11th place finish.

In Class C competition Ft. Calhoun was the boys division and Columbus Scotus was the girls winner. Mitchell finished fifth in the boys 23-team field. Tate Harvey paced the Tigers with a 15th place finish. Ogallala had two runners in the top five Dillon Mckeag was second and Derek Rosas was fourth. The Indians settled for a 10th place team finish. Gary Kaplan of Gordon/Rushville finished sixth.

Chadron led the Class C girls' efforts from the area. They finished fourth as a team. Nicky Applegarth was sixth individually and Briley Hannaford was eighth. Dani Wellnitz of Gordon/Rushville was the top individual from the area in third.

Bridgeport's Cody Franklin led Class D boys' competitors with a second place finish. The Bulldogs placed 19th in the 25-team field. Nebraska Christian won the boys division. Malcolm won the girls Class D competition, where Bayard's Montana Belford finished eighth. Bridgeport's Marissa Widener was 23rd. The Bulldogs ended up 12th in the 23 team field. Perkins County was fourth.

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