Big Race at Nike Heartland Event

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Jennifer Voigt, Head Coach

The Gorilla Cross Country Team saw some great competition in Scotland and Sioux Falls this past week. On Tuesday, seven members of the team traveled to Scotland and brought home 6 medals.  Emma Thomas ran in the 3 kilometer JV race, placing 4th in the field of 28 girls with a time of 13:23.

Twenty-one boys participated in the 3K JV race. Parker Harding, Bryan Eagle Star and Chance Hauk all ran for the Gorillas. Parker had a nice run, finishing in 5th place with a time of 12:35, Bryan came in next for the team in 12th at 13:32 and Chance in 14th at 13:42.

The largest race of the day was the varsity boy’s 5K with 41 participants. After several lead changes and a spectacular race, Aaron Voigt came in 2nd place with a personal best time of 16:44.  Santana Serr ran a strong 5K, breaking the 20 minute barrier for the first time to take home the 15th place medal in a time of 19:32. Layne Olson finished in 20:23 for 24th place.  The boys team placed 3rd in the meet.

Gregory took eight runners to Sioux Falls on Saturday for the Nike Heartland meet at Yankton Trail Park. Twenty-two teams from South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota were in attendance for this high energy, fun 5K race. Eighty varsity girls participated with two Gorilla runners representing our team. Lauren Svatos finished in 67th place with a time of 23:49 and Megan Warnke struggling with some ankle issues finished the race in 25:41, ending up in 79th.

Next up was the varsity boys 5K race, with a field of 89 runners. Aaron came in first for the Gorillas with an impressive 11th place finish in 17:15, Layne was next in with a 20:02 in 79th place and Joseph Veskrna close behind at 20:49 for an 81st place finish.

The JV runners also ran a 5K at this event, which was the farthest some of these runners have ever raced. Emma had a great run with a strong finish, passing several girls in the final stretch to clock a 24:20 and earn 40th place out of the 94 girls running.  The boy’s JV race was the largest event of the day with 160 runners. Santana finished in 19:55 to take 32nd place and Garret Roeder finished 122nd with a time of 23:14.

The team has a very busy schedule over the next couple weeks with meets on Monday at Pickstown, Thursday at Chamberlain, Saturday at Lyman and then back out to Bon Homme on the following Monday.