Nick Batchelor, a sophomore at MHS, took third place at the 2019 South Dakota State Class A Cross Country Meet in Huron on Saturday,... Nick Batchelor Captures Third at State Cross Country Meet

Nick Batchelor, a sophomore at MHS, took third place at the 2019 South Dakota State Class A Cross Country Meet in Huron on Saturday, October 26. He posted a time of 16:30.14 in the 5K course. The boys’ team finished seventh, just missing the top-six and podium placing. The girls’ team landed in 13th place.

“I am very proud of the efforts and results from both teams. Much was accomplished this season, and much is still available to build upon for next year,” stated Townsend.

“The state meet was a great way to end our season,” stated the Bulldog’s head coach, Eric Townsend. “Nick has now earned a top 25 honor for the third year in a row. He had an outstanding season, only losing two races all year.”

Senior Brady Femling finished in 32nd place and fellow senior Zippy Bock came in at 33rd. James Batchelor took 103rd place; Isaac Graham 120th; and Alex Farrell 121st.

Senior Danica Schulte led the Lady Bulldogs with a 61st place finish. “Danica finished her high school career with another good race,” stated Townsend. “She has been a crucial part of the varsity team since her seventh-grade year and was a six-time state cross country qualifier. She developed into a tremendous leader. Her ability and leadership will be greatly missed next year.””

Ashlyn O’Farrell took 71st place; Kynlee Speidel, 74th ; Maurina Street, 77th ; Ellie Neugebauer, 85th, and Amaya Street, 112th .

Results from the state meet:
Boys Varsity 5K Race
Teams – SF Christian, 40; Vermillion, 57; St. Thomas More, 62; Custer, 68; Lennox,
105; Beresford, 118; Milbank, 118; Flandreau, 140; Winner Area, 155; Belle Fourche, 179;
Webster Area, 181; Baltic, 188; Todd County, 193; Chamberlain, 230; Clark-Willow Lake, 232.

Individuals – 3. Nick Batchelor, 16:30.14; 32. Brady Femling, 18:05.12; 33. Zippy Bock, 18:07.21; 103.
James Batchelor, 19:21.55; 120. Isaac Graham, 20:01.01; 121. Alex Farrell, 20:19.26.

Girls Varsity 5K Race
Teams – Custer, 28; Hill City, 69; Chamberlain, 99; Lennox, 108; Garretson, 112; SF
Christian, 113; Tea Area, 130; Red Cloud, 130; Aberdeen Roncalli, 131; Beresford, 141; Deuel,
191; Winner Area, 192; Milbank, 200; Flandreau, 200; Todd County, 229.

Individuals – 61. Danica Schulte, 21:41.21; 71. Ashlyn O’Farrell, 21:54.68; 74. Kynlee Speidel,
21:57.37; 77. Maurina Street, 22:05.27; 85. Ellie Neugebauer, 22:20.76; 112. Amaya Street,

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