The Milbank cross country teams hosted their annual 4K “Breathe Easy” meet at Whetstone Creek Golf Course north of Milbank on Monday, August 29. Seven schools competed. Payton Brown took the individual title for the Bulldogs and Ashlynn Batchelor came in second for the Lady Bulldogs. Batchelor came across the finish line less than15 seconds after Halle Bauer of Great Plains Lutheran.
Both Bulldog teams had runners in five of the top-10 places. For the boys, James Batchelor was in third place, Bryan Meyer came in fourth, Beckham Berry took sixth, and Isaac Graham came in at seventh. Grant Van Peursem took 13th. For the girls, Kynlee Speidel took fourth place, Maurina Street came in at sixth, and Leah Meyer finished in seventh place. Ellie Neugebauer earned an 11th-place finish. Stella Wendland took 15th, and Ashlyn O’Farrell was 23rd.
Eric Townsend, head coach for Milbank, said, “This was a really good first meet for both teams. Several runners put in many miles this summer and many runners ran well for the first meet of the season. It was nice to run against some familiar NEC and region schools.” Coach Townsend singled out Brown and Speidel. “Payton, a junior, is strides ahead of where he was last season and appears poised to have a very strong season. He is one of the leaders on this year’s team and will be looked upon to help continue to lead.”
Townsend added, “Kynlee, who is also a junior, ran very well. She placed fourth overall and was the second Milbank finisher. Kynlee has come into this season in pretty good shape and seems to be in position to have a great season. She has been and continues to be one of the top runners on the varsity team. She will be expected to continue to be a team leader this season.”
Individual times for the Bulldogs included:1. Payton Brown – 13:22.143. James Batchelor – 13:54.284. Bryan Meyer – 14:41.086. Beckham Berry – 15:07.217. Isaac Graham – 15:16.2513. Grant Van Peursem – 16:35.69
Individual times for for the Lady Bulldogs included:2. Ashlynn Batchelor – 15:41.614. Kynlee Speidel – 17:26.086. Maurina Street – 17:49.187. Leah Meyer 17:55.589. Tyra Berry – 18:12.9511. Ellie Neugebauer – 18:27.3215. Stella Wendland – 18:55.2823. Ashlyn O’Farrell – 20:52.48
JV Lady Bulldogs Results
The JV Lady Bulldogs entered 15 runners, and seven cracked the top-10 places in the 3K run. Bianca Berry took first-place honors. She crossed the finish line at 12:51.57. Avery Schuneman came in second at 12:51.91. Jaiden Tillotsen was third. Elexia Quintanilla took fourth place, and Zayda Townsend secured fifth.
Lady Bulldog finishes also included: Macy Mueller (9th), Raina Untalan (10th), Sophia Gastineau (13th), Jaclyn Wiik (15th), Belle Pauli (16th), Yanderyn Olivares (18th), Nadia Thue (22nd), Camryn Sovell (23rd), Reese Schuneman (27th), and Bree Townsend (28th).
JV Bulldogs Results
The JV boys entered three runners and all three ended up in the top five places in their 3K run. Liam Heller brought home first place for the Bulldogs with an 11:01.97 finish. Jose Fernandez earned second place honors at 12:14.42. Rylan Wendland came in fifth at 12:59.32.
What’s up next for the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs cross country squads? Milbank travels to Sioux Falls on Friday, September 2 to the Augustana Twilight Meet. Start time is 6 p.m. at Yankton Trail Park at 3901 S. Minnesota Avenue.