Milbank brought home several conference titles from the Northeast Conference cross country meet in Webster on Thursday, October 8. The Lady Bulldogs took first place for the fourth time in the last five years, the boys were runners-up, and Nick and Ashlyn Batchelor each won an individual conference crown. Ashlyn was the first NEC champ for the Milbank girls since 2004.
“The Lady Bulldogs won the meet with 19 points in spite of the absence of several varsity runners,” said Bulldog head coach Eric Townsend. Maurina Street finished fifth, Amaya Street was sixth, and Ashlee Van Hoorn was seventh. “This was Ashlee’s first varsity race and she was coming off an injury from a couple weeks ago.”
The boys’ team finished as runners-up with 24 points. They were just behind Clark-Willow Lake who took the title with 19 points.
“We had a couple boys who hadn’t raced in a couple of weeks because they were quarantined, and some of that showed,” said Townsend. “The boys’ varsity team is very young. The top six include one senior, one junior, one sophomore, and three freshmen. For them to come in and compete for the title shows how good they ran.”
Nick Batchelor captured his third consecutive individual NEC title. Behind him in seventh place was Isaac Graham. James Batchelor finished eighth and Isaac Johnson took 12th. “Having Ashlyn and Nick win conference titles is an amazing feat,” said Townsend. “It doesn’t happen very often that a team has both individual champions, let alone siblings.”
“Overall, the NEC meet was a huge success,” Townsend said. “Both teams have put themselves in a great position to qualify for the state meet.”
Results for Milbank from the NEC meet:
Girls Varsity 5K Race
1. Ashlyn Batchelor, 19:47.03; 5. Maurina Street, 21:37.28; 6. Amaya Street, 21:40.23; 7. Ashlee Van Hoorn, 21:46.53; 19. Jaclyn Wiik, 23:47.42; 22. Savanna Osowski, 24:11.95; 23. Olivia Foell, 24:59.79; 25. Evelyn Liebe, 25:41.88; 27. Nadia Thue, 26:04.86.
Team scores – Milbank, 19; Aberdeen Roncalli, 23; Clark-Willow Lake, 54; Webster Area, 60; Hamlin, 85.
Boys Varsity 5K Race
1. Nick Batchelor, 16:35.23; 7. Isaac Graham, 18:48.60; 8. James Batchelor, 18:50.84; 12. Isaac Johnson, 19:57.00; 15. Grant Van Peursem, 20:17.89; 16. Sammy Femling, 20:18.58; 26. Ryan O’Farrell, 22:02.33; 29. Will Karels, 22:54.49.
Team scores – Clark-Willow Lake, 17; Milbank, 24; Webster Area, 52; Aberdeen Roncalli, 64.
Junior Varsity Mixed 3K Race
1. Rylee Scoular, 16:01.87; 2. Elexia Quintanilla, 16:09.50; 5. Camryn Sovell, 18:53.25; 6. Addie Farrell, 19:06.47; 9. Yanderyn Olivares, 19:58.32. 8. Asher Young, 15:04.17; 16. Jose Hernandez, 17:28.82.