OMAHA — The Fort Calhoun girls and the Malcolm boys earned team championships Monday in the Yutan Cross Country Invitational at Walnut Grove Park.
The Lady Pioneers finished with 29 points while Concordia was the runner-up with 39. The Malcolm boys finished with 17 while the Pioneers were second with 37.
The Fremont Bergan boys finished ninth with 154 points while the Lady Knights were eighth in their division with 125.
“We competed today against a very talented field,” Bergan coach Wyatt Morse said. “Walnut Grove is a wonderful place for a meet and the course was the easiest in terms of difficulty that we have ran so far. Our times reflected that as most athletes ran their fastest time. Unfortunately, so did everyone else and our placements were not as high as I would have hoped for.”
Dre Vance led the Bergan boys by finishing eighth in 18:29.90.
“Dre ran a very smart race and ran within himself,” Morse said.
Tyten Vance was 49th in 23:16.48. Jobe Sullivan was 50th in 23:17 while Nick Kincannon was 59th in 24:35. Evan Steed placed 66th in 30:17.
For the Lady Knights, Jadin Ostrand was 27th in 27:06.75 while Emma Larson was 29th in 27:11.81.
“Our freshmen girls ended up 27th and 29th after starting out toward the back,” Morse said.
Katie Sleister was 37th in 28:27 while Reagan Toelle was 40th in 29:52.
“Looking ahead, we have to become more competitive not only against the clock, but against the field as well,” Morse said. “It is hard to turn that switch on during the race when you haven’t pushed hard enough during practice to get to that higher level. The good part for us is we have a nice break and can get back to pushing ourselves in practice before we compete again (Sept. 21 at Fort Calhoun).”
Amanda Aerts of East Butler was the girls’ champion in 20:09.19 while Devyn Beekman of Malcolm won the boys’ race in 17:32.04.
Emily Pogue led the Yutan girls to a seventh-place finish by placing seventh in 22:53.66.
“Emily had a solid race, but will need to cut some time off to challenge for top-five placing in conference and or districts,” Yutan coach Rod Henkel said. “She usually peaks as the season ends so hopefully she will do the same this year.”
Natalie Lothringer of the Lady Chieftains was 23rd in 25:37.60. Shelby Fenner (36th in 28:09.47), Teagan Jacobs (42nd in 31:17.43), Emily Kennedy (43rd in 31:224.82) and Rachel Pohl (47th in 35:29.91) also competed.
“Our goal was to beat Bergan, which beat us two earlier meets, and we did that,” Henkel said.
The Yutan boys were also seventh. Brady Timm led the Chieftains by placing 10th in 18:31.04. Colby Tichota was 19th in 19:54.88 and Cameron Horner was 44th in 22:39.57.
Brenden Leahy (56th in 24:07.97) and Ethan McEvoy (64th in 26:22.69) also raced.
The Chieftains suffered a bad break when one of their top runners, Mason Timm, was unable to finish.
“Mason was in the top five to seven throughout the first two miles and then had a side ache so bad he couldn’t breath so he had to stop,” Henkel said. “Otherwise, the boys ran pretty well. Brady competed well and ran his personal-best time, while Colby bettered his time from a year ago.”
Douglas County West was third in the boys’ division. Caden Scott (18:54.32), Nick Bennett (19:09.83) and Ethan Maline (19:10.13) had a 13-14-15 finish for the Falcons. Matt Allen was 17th in 19:44.37 and Ryan McArdle was 18th in 19:49.16.
Boys Team Scores — Malcolm 17, Fort Calhoun 37, Douglas County West 59, Concordia 94, Weeping Water 108, Louisville 118, Yutan 122, Ashland-Greenwood 144, Fremont Bergan 154.
Girls Team Scores — Fort Calhoun 29, Concordia 39, Malcolm 43, East Butler 67, Palmyra 88, Louisville 99, Yutan 103, Fremont Bergan 125.