Eric Townsend, head coach of the Bulldogs’ and Lady Bulldogs’ cross country teams, said, “The Charger Invite in Sioux Falls[September 13] was a great opportunity to compete against mostly Class A schools around the Sioux Falls area. Both teams competed hard and had great performances.” The girls secured second place only yielding to Sioux Falls Christian. The boys brought home third place, just behind Sioux Falls Christian and Sioux Falls Roosevelt. “This meet showed we can compete with many of the better Class A schools in the state,” Townsend added.
Varsity Girls -5K Race Freshman Ashlynn Batchelor was the first Lady Bulldog to cross the finish line at Yankton Trails in Sioux Falls. She came in at 19:37.15 for third place. Sioux Falls Christian’s Ellie Maddox, also a freshman, was the winner and had finished at 19:21.82.
Junior Kynlee Speidel was next for Milbank at 20th place. She came in at 22:08.98. Freshman Leah Meyer was 22nd at 22:24.87. Seventh grader Bianca Berry finished at 22:37.20 for 25th place. Senior Maurina Street, finished at 32nd place at 22:56.26. Sophomore Tyra Berry at 35th place at 23:05.36; Senior Ellie Neugebauer at 39th place at 23:40.46; Junior Stella Wendland at 42nd place at 23:54.21; and Senior Ashlyn O’Farrell at 51st place at 25:31.43.
Team standings and scores included: 1) Sioux Falls Christian — 12. 2) Milbank — 60. 3) Vermillion — 69. 4) West Central — 74. 5) Tea Area — 78. 6) Lennox — 97. 7) Madison — 120.
Varsity Boys – 5K Race For the Bulldogs, Junior Payton Brown was the top runner. He finished at 17:02.39 for third place. Sioux Falls Christian’s Isaac Develaar, a senior, took first place at 16:09.67. Junior James Batchelor was next for Milbank. He crossed the line at 17:29.82 to secure 12th place. Sophomore Bryan Meyer came in at 22nd place at 18:30.23; Eighth grader Liam Heller crossed at 19:02.37 in 30th place; and Junior Isaac Graham at 19:37.91 for 46th place. Junior Grant Van Peursum clocked in at 20:24.06 for 56th place, and eighth- grader Beckham Berry at 20:35.49 for 58th place.
Team standings and scores included: 1) Sioux Falls Christian — 35. 2)Sioux Falls Roosevelt — 41. 3) Milbank — 60. 4) Lennox — 64. 5) Vermillion — 74. 6) Sioux Falls Lincoln — 121 7) Dakota Valley — 122.
JV Girls – 4K Run Freshman Elexia Quintanilla took the top spot for the Lady Bulldogs’ JV team. She came in at eighth place with a time of 18:56.30. Seventh-grader Avery Schuneman took 11th place at 19:11.32. Junior Sophia Gastineau clocked in at 20:22.23 for 25th place. Macy Mueller, an eighth-grader, took 33rd place at 21:00.40. Junior Jaclyn Wiik was right behind her in 34th place at 21:01.39.
Zayda Townsend, an eighth grader, took 41st place with a time of 21:30.52. Senior Addie Farrell took 54th place at 22:53.78. Camryn Sovell, a ninth grader, came in at 25:04.32 for 67th place. Junior Nadia Thue clocked in at 26:32.59 for 75th place.
JV Boys – 4K Run Freshman Jack Howard was the first and only Bulldog on the boys’ JV squad to cross the finish line. He clocked in at 17:43.44 to earn 49th place.
Jr. High Girls – 3K Run Seventh-grader Raina Untalan was the 28th runner to come in and the first Lady Bulldog to finish. She posted a time of 14:46.43. Eighth-grader Ava Sichmiller came in at 39th place with a time of 15:05.28. Seventh-grader Belle Pauli crossed the line at 15:30.64 to take 50th place. Eighth-grader Reese Schuneman secured 79th place at 17:25.39. Seventh-grader Bree Townsend finished at 18:15.57 for 86th place.
Team standings included: (1) Harrisburg (2) Sioux Falls Christian (3) Tea Area (4) Lennox (5) Dakota Valley (6) Madison (7) Milbank and (8) Beresford.
Jr. High Boys – 3K Run Seventh-grader Rylan Wendland was the first Bulldog to finish in the junior high division. He came in at 12:58.08 for 45th place. Franco Flores, a seventh grader, was second at 13:44.01. Armando Chan, also a seventh- grader, clocked in at 17:26.91 for 94th place.
Team standings included: (1) Sioux Falls Christian; (2) Dakota Valley (3) Lennox
Coach Townsend noted Milbank did not participate in the Huron Invitational scheduled for Saturday, September 17. What’s next for the cross country runners? The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs traveled to the Lac qui Parle Valley Invitational in Madison, Minnesota, on Tuesday, September 20. They are on the road again on Saturday, September 24, to compete in the Border Battle in Grand Forks, North Dakota.