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Bearcat boys cross country runners start homecoming week with a first

Homecoming week was off and running for the Webster Area Bearcats as they hosted the Webster Invitational on Sept. 16 with the boys team taking home the first place plaque and the girls ending up runner-up.

Webster had four medalists in the event with Max Kuecker pacing the boys in the 5K event at 19:20.33 and a fifth place overall finish. Drew Reetz was on his heels in seventh at 19:32.34, Tayne Dunse crossed the line in 11th at 19:55.47 and Brian Mork was 17th in 20:23.66. The Cats were rounded out with Cael Larson in 24th 21:00.28, followed by three Cats bunched together in 33rd-35th places. They were Connor Bauer 21:50.43, Isaac Hubsch 22:11.52 and Matt Mork 35th 22:28.44.

The Bearcats averaged 19:47.95 for the event and totaled 24 points. Clark-Willow Lake was in second with 37 points followed by Deubrook Area, Tri-State, Deuel and James Valley Christian. Top runner in the event was Riley Benning of Estelline-Hendricks at 18:29.51.

Girls take second

On the girls side of the 5,000 meter event Webster also had four girls medal, but fell short to Deubrook Area who won with 29 points compared to the Cats 31 and were separated by an average time of 10 seconds as the Cats averaged 23:12.41 and Deubrook 23:02.51. Third went to Estelline-Hendricks and Deuel in fourth.

Webster medalists were Rana Hegg in fourth at 22:03.77, Rylee Huwe and Ella Hegg in 14th and 15th with times 23:24.54 and 23:26.11 followed in 20th was Annie Witt in 23:55.21. Erin Case placed 33rd at 26:15.99, Olivia Dorsett 36th 26:46.66 and Alexandria Simonson 43rd 30:03.27.

The Dakota Hills Grizzlies who have three girls out all placed in the top 20 as well with sisters Victoria and Madison Zirbel finishing second and third in 21:27.46 and 21:34.76. Teammate Eva Benike crossed the finish line in 18th at 23:47.65. First place runner in the event was Ellie Olsen of Deubrook with a time of 21:20.95.

JV results

The junior varsity runners competed on the 3,000 meter course with Will Thuringer taking 20th in 14:50.60, Jaiden McCreary 24th 15:09.29, Jared Schimmel 28th 15:37.22, Tyler Bornsen 31st 15:39.57 and Caleb Sannes 34th 15:50.38. The JV boys took sixth with 60 points as Clark-Willow Lake captured first with eight points.

For the junior varsity girls it was Lydia Vogl setting the pace for Webster at 17:32.22 and 14th place. Valeria Navarrete and Sydney Simonson were 19th and 20th at 18:10.83 and 18:24.48. The girls took fourth with 36 points with Deuel winning the event with 15 points.

Middle school

In the 3,000 meter middle school race Tacey Miller was seventh at 14:32.69, Kade Hruby 18th 16:49.65, Chesney Diebert 21st 17:15.31, Jaxon Nimmer 34th 19:01.70 and Blaize Larson 26:07.8. The Webster boys took third in the middle school event with 33 points and Northwestern was first with 13 points.

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