BOYS TOWN – Dawson Hardesty penciled a trip to the state cross country meet on his list of preseason goals this fall.
He was able to write that event on his calendar in permanent ink Thursday afternoon.
Hardesty captured a medal in the District C-1 Meet at Boys Town with a 12th-place time of 18:31.60. He lowered his previous personal-best mark by 14 seconds in the race. He earned an automatic state berth by finishing in the top 15 places.
Hardesty will join six Conestoga girls at the upcoming Class C State Meet. The CHS girls gained an automatic team qualification with a second-place score in their race.
“We wanted to take seven to Kearney and we were able to accomplish that goal,” Conestoga head coach Sean Trampe said. “I’m happy with what Dawson did here. It’s great to know that he’ll have a chance to run in a state meet.”
Hardesty continued his steady progress from the start of the season. He compiled a time of 21:19.80 in the first race of his career Aug. 23. He sliced more than a minute off that mark by early September and broke the 20:00 barrier at the Malcolm Invite Sept. 18. He then shattered his previous personal-best effort by nearly a minute at the league meet Oct. 2.
The Class C State Meet will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Kearney Country Club. Hardesty will join scores of runners from across Nebraska at the event.
Conestoga teammates Trace Widler and Silas Hickey both finished their inaugural cross country seasons at the district race. Widler placed 52nd in 21:13.80 and Hickey was 62nd in 25:12.80.
Boys Team Results
DC West 44, Auburn 51, Fort Calhoun 67, Louisville 77, Boys Town 77, Falls City 83, Arlington 86, Omaha Concordia 108, Ashland-Greenwood 167, Syracuse 171, Conestoga no team score
Top 15 Results
1) Braden Kobza (FCY) 17:29.50, 2) Ben Haggar (FTC) 17:33.20, 3) Ryan McArdle (DCW) 17:37.30, 4) Jake Haggar (FTC) 17:54.30, 5) Noah Kubat (ARL) 17:56.30, 6) Seth Zimmerman (AUB) 17:59.90, 7) Josh Reed (BTO) 18:02.00, 8) Hayden Hall (AUB) 18:11.30, 9) Ryan Garvey (OCN) 18:12.40, 10) Doug Euans (LOU) 18:29.30, 11) Nick Bennett (DCW) 18:30.60, 12) Dawson Hardesty (CHS) 18:31.60, 13) Will Williams (BTO) 18:32.30, 14) Zach Whitbeck (BTO) 18:33.00, 15) James Baker (DCW) 18:35.50
Dawson Hardesty 18:31.60 (12th), Trace Widler 21:13.80 (52nd), Silas Hickey 25:12.80 (62nd)