Gorillas Race for First Place

Jaslee Kerner

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Last Saturday, Emma Thomas and Aaron Voigt finished their cross country season when the competed in the 2017 State Cross Country meet, which was held in Rapid City at the Hart Ranch. The day resulted in both Thomas and Voigt coming home with state cross country hardware.

Voigt and Thomas raced in the region meet in Freeman and both placed twentieth or better to earn their ticket to the state meet.

“The state meet included over 725 athletes and thousands of cheering fans from across the state,” head Coach Jennifer Voigt said.

Thomas, an eighth grader, brought home her first state medal on Saturday. The top 25 placers receive a state cross country medal, and Thomas finished 19th with a time of 21:00.52.

“Emma had a really fantastic season, and she worked hard over the summer putting in a lot of miles,” Coach Voigt said.

Competing in his fifth and final state cross country meet, Voigt brought home the third place medal for the Class B boys. Voigt finished his high school cross country career with a time of 16:57.65.

“Aaron also put in time this summer to make this another successful season. Over the years, Aaron placed 24th as an eighth grader, seventh as a freshman, fifth as a sophomore, and third as a junior and senior. It was a bittersweet day as he ran his final high school race, but he looks forward to running in college next year,” Coach Voigt said.

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