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Lincoln's Gabe Peters (787) competes in the boys Class AA race during the state cross country meet Saturday at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls. Peters won with a time of 15 minutes 52.89 seconds.

Lincoln’s Gabe Peters (787) competes in the boys Class AA race during the state cross country meet Saturday at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls. Peters won with a time of 15 minutes 52.89 seconds.

Minutes before the race started, Lincoln’s Gabe Peters informed his coach, Eric Pooley, that he’d just gotten sick to his stomach.

Where sickness is concerned at cross country events, the finish line is usually where that business goes down. But Peters was dealing with pre-race jitters.

Given his second-place finish at the state meet a year ago — and the departure of eight seniors in that race’s top 10 — the junior runner knew the target would again be on his back at Saturday’s Class AA state cross country meet at Yankton Trails Park.

“There was a lot of pressure,” Peters said of his front-runner status, “and I’d say it’s not the worst position coming in, but it’s not the best because you don’t know where everybody else is running.”

For a bit, Roosevelt’s Dan Armstrong pushed Peters at the front, but Peters settled in and created significant distance between himself and the rest of the field in the last 1,000 meters.

Even with a huge lead, Peters wasn’t about to glance over his shoulders, not that he had the capacity to do much more than keep grinding. He crossed the line first, in 15:52.89, to claim the state crown.

“The last 100 meters, I probably didn’t have much brain function going on,” Peters said. “Losing a lot of air there. But right now I feel great. It hasn’t quite kicked in yet.”

Several of Peters’s teammates ran in a tight bunch behind him, and five others joined him in the top 30 to propel the Patriots to a second-place finish in the team standings.

“We had a great day and there’s just not a whole bunch more that we could do. Our kids ran phenomenally for where they’re at,” Pooley said. “Gabe, he’s such a strong runner. Physically, he’s like a man amongst boys so you know he can hold that effort.”

Pooley said the normally low-key Peters has been noticeably pumped up at practice the past few weeks.

“I said, ‘You’ve got a little extra juice, don’t you?’” Pooley said. “I knew he was going to come out here and have nothing but a good day.”

Rough Riders rise up, claim ‘AA’ title

Since 2011, the Patriots have finished no lower than second and won titles in ’12, ’13 and a year ago. Over that span, Roosevelt has been there to challenge Lincoln every step — or stride — of the way.

On Saturday, with six top 25 finishers and all seven runners in the the top 40, the Rough Riders (58 points) clipped Lincoln (78) for the state crown.

“We gave them a plan and told them what to do and they ran it to perfection,” said coach Jason Wagoner. “Couldn’t ask for anything better than what they did today.”

The plan for the Riders was straightforward: Be aggressive. Wagoner said this year’s field was more wide open than past meets, but not without its complement of top runners.

“All these teams have got really good firepower up front, and we had to counter that with our three, four and five guys being close, being right in the mix,” Wagoner said. “Our mentality was to get in a position early and be aggressive.”

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Wagoner said a forgiving course like Yankton Trails Park can allow runners to take chances, knowing there’s “no grinder hill that can take your legs out,” and that freedom to be assertive helped his team.

Senior Dan Armstrong led the way for the Riders, finishing in fourth at 16:18.76. Teammate Seth Iverson crossed a few seconds later in fifth place. They were soon joined by Thane Hein (13th), Cole Brown (15th), Blake Chesley (21st), Josh Goehring (23rd) and Davis Johnson (40th).

“This is the best feeling in the world. Day-in and day-out in practice, this was our goal. It’s team first,” Armstrong said. “Looking back knowing I’ve got Riders flying right behind me, that’s a great feeling.”

The Riders will have to move on from three all-state runners in seniors Armstrong, Brown and Goehring, but Wagoner believes the future is bright. The foundation has been laid — the Rider boys have finished in the top three at state ten years running — and the cross-town rivalry with Lincoln has been a benefit for both teams.

“I think we push each other’s programs to get better,” Wagoner said. “I’ve already told our boys, ‘Guess what — that team in baby blue is coming after us next year.’ Because they’ve got the guys to do it. That makes it fun when the bar can be raised and I think we do that for each other’s programs.”

Washington reaches podium; O’Gorman’s Lindner second 

The Warriors improved upon last year’s fourth-place finish with a trip to the podium this year on the strength of three runners in the top 10 (and four in the top 25).

Alec Kray finished in third place with a time of 16:02.58. Not far behind were teammates Yonas Sadi (eighth) and Alex Derr (10th).

“We ran well. We thought maybe we could get Lincoln, but we knew they were going to be tough,” said coach Mike Schultz. “For Alec, we told him ahead of time that the top five is a real target for him. He had a great race today.”

Washington claimed third place with 95 points, a solid margin ahead of fourth-place Brookings (121) and within range of the Patriots.

O’Gorman’s Tiegen Lindner found a spot near the front and held it to the end. The senior powered ahead of Kray down the stretch to finish second with a time of 15:59.15. Only Lindner and Peters broke the 16 minute mark.

As a team, the Knights finished seventh for the second year in a row.

O'Gorman's Ryan Westendorf (795) runs in the Class AA cross country race Saturday at Yankton Trail Park. Westendorf finished 38th.

O’Gorman’s Ryan Westendorf (795) runs in the Class AA cross country race Saturday at Yankton Trail Park. Westendorf finished 38th.

Class A: Trojans take title

West Central’s Derick Peters finished second and three of his teammates finished in the top 20 as the Trojans won the team title by 16 points over Sioux Falls Christian.

Custer’s Chance Dooley took home the individual crown with a time of 15:56.70. Peters was about 13 seconds behind (16:09.10) and St. Thomas More’s Luke Julian (16:16.10) rounded out the top three.

Spearfish finished third, Custer fourth and St. Thomas More fifth.

Caleb De Weerd of Sioux Falls Christian was sixth (16:39.60).

For West Central, Braden Peters finished 11th (16:50.50) and Ryan Titus 12th (16:53.00).

Fans look on and cheer during the Class B boys state cross country meet Saturday at Yankton Trail Park. Daniel Burkhalter of Bison won with a time of 16:54.84.

Fans look on and cheer during the Class B boys state cross country meet Saturday at Yankton Trail Park. Daniel Burkhalter of Bison won with a time of 16:54.84.

Class B: Bison sophomore claims first

Bison’s Daniel Burkhalter cruised to first place, wining the Class B title by almost 16 seconds.

Burkhalter, a sophomore, won in a time of 16:54.84. James Valley Christian’s Jayden Waldner helped lead his team to the overall title with a second-place finish (17:10.26). Kedric Brantner of JVC was fourth at 17:23.57. Elkton-Lake Benton’s Cameron Harming rounded out the top three (17:16.24).


Class AA

Team Points—SF Roosevelt 58, SF Lincoln 78, SF Washington 95, Brookings 121, RC Stevens 142, Pierre T.F. Riggs 152, SF O’Gorman 159, Aberdeen Central 233, Yankton 252, Brandon Valley 286, Harrisburg 287, Mitchell 297, Watertown 303, Huron 402.

Top 40 (out of 104)—1. Gabe Peters (Lincoln) 15:52.89.  2. Tiegen Lindner (SF O’Gorman) 15:59.15.  3. Alec Kray (SF Washington) 16:02. 58.  4. Dan Armstrong (SF Roosevelt) 16:18.76.  5. Seth Iverson (SF Roosevelt) 16:22.94.  6. Ray Munsterman (Brookings) 16:26.54.  7. Andrew Cottier (RC Stevens) 16:29.53.  8. Yonas Sadi (SF Washington) 16:30.67.  9. Alexander Auch (Harrisburg) 16:31.10.  10. Alex Derr (SF Washington) 16:31.71.  11. Graham DeHaven (Brookings) 16:38.34.  12. Tristan Christoffer (RC Stevens) 16:41.95.  13. Thane Hein (SF Roosevelt) 16:44.35.  14. Joshua Getting (Brookings) 16:49.10.  15. Cole Brown (SF Roosevelt) 16:49.10.  16. Dale Loudon (SF Lincoln) 16:54.17.  17. Ike Mendel (SF Lincoln) 16:57.90.  18. Alex Tiede (Aberdeen Central) 17:02.75.  19. Jackson Harrison (Aberdeen Central) 17:02.75.  20.  Henry Klitzke (SF Lincoln) 17:06.19.  21. Blake Chelsey (SF Roosevelt) 17:08.01.  22. Jebben Keyes (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 17:08.34.  23. Josh Goehring (SF Roosevelt) 17:08.99.  24. Jack Elliot (SF Lincoln) 17:09.11.  25. Topher Zahn (SF Washington) 17:09.44.  26. Joshua Powell (Brandon Valley) 17:11.71.  27. Seth McKinley (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 17:11.86.  28. Jared Schroeder (SF Lincoln) 17:13.02.  29. Gabe Syhre (Watertown) 17:14.41.  30. Max Wilde (Brandon Valley) 17:15.56.  31. Andrew Peitz (Yankton) 17:16.15.  32. Tristan Deming (RC Central) 17:18.57.  33. Dillon Drew (RC Stevens) 17:18.57.  34. Cadin Buchholz (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 17:19.23.  35. Luis Ramirez (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 17:19.80.  36. Hank Freese (SF O’Gorman) 17:20.94.  37. Theron Singleton (Pierre T.F. Riggs) 17:21.71.  38. Ryan Westendorf (SF O’Gorman) 17:22.78.  39. John Olson (Brookings) 17:24.28.  40. Davis Johnson (SF Roosevelt) 17:24.66.

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Class A

Team Points—West Central 33, SF Christian 49, Spearfish 57, Custer 70, St. Thomas More 109, Lennox 140, Todd County 145, Miller 150, Garretson 151, Ethan/Parkston 153, Madison 181, Webster Area 195, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 209, Redfield/Doland 232, Great Plains Lutheran 234.

Top 40 (out of 128)—1. Chance Dooley (Custer) 15:56.70.  2. Derick Peters (West Central) 16:09.10.  3. Luke Julian (St. Thomas More) 16:16.10.  4. Evan Fick (Garretson) 16:27.30.  5. Ty Trainor (St. Thomas More) 16:28.90.  6. Caleb De Weerd (SF Christian) 16:39.60.  7. Ethan Young Bird (Flandreau Indian) 16:44.90.  8. Tristian Old Horse (Hot Springs) 16:46.60.  9. Logan Broeder (Spearfish) 16:48.80.  10. Justin Harris (Spearfish) 16:50.30.  11. Braden Peters (West Central) 16:50.50.  12. Ryan Titus (West Central) 16:53.00.  13. Lance Van Zee (SF Christian) 16:56.00.  14. Elijah Coleman (Pine Ridge) 16:59.00.  15. Alec Atwood (Beresford) 17:02.30.  16. Gabe Smith (West Central) 17:04.40.  17. Matt Parker (Spearfish) 17:04.60.  18. Connor Watley (SF Christian) 17:06.10.  19. Jack Fast Wolf (Red Cloud) 17:06.60.  20. Max Oesterling (Custer) 17:07.30.  21. Cole Sargent (Miller) 17:09.90.  22. Brendan Langbehn (Lennox) 17:10.50.  23. Noah Abraham (SF Christian) 17:11.20.  24. Jordan Bauer (Webster Area) 17:16.10.  25. Dylan Tobacco (Red Cloud) 17:16.30.  26. Cooper Hitt (SF Christian) 17:32.30.  27. Trey Cosato (Redfield/Doland) 17:35.40.  28. Shay VanDenHemel (Stanley County) 17:39.90.  29. Donald Aquallo (Todd County) 17:41.20.  30.  Asher Wahl (West Central) 17:41.90.  31. Jonah Murtha (Ethan/Parkton) 17:45.00.  32. Ethan Eagle Chasing (Cheyenne-Eagle Butte) 17:47.40.  33. Ben Wahlstrom (Custer) 17:50.40.  34. Connor Vander Haar (SF Christian) 17:52.40.  35. Joe Rush (Custer) 17:54.30.  36. Matt Hovdenes (Spearfish) 17:54.70.  37. Tucker Murtha (Ethan/Parkton) 17:55.40.  38. Tanner Hohn (Ethan/Parkston) 17:56.20.  38. Lee Sharpfish (Todd County) 17:56.20.  40. Jarek Glenn (St. Thomas More) 17:57.20.

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Class B

Team Points—James Valley Christian 20, Freeman Academy 43, Northwestern 47, Ipswich 60, Lower Brule 64, RC Christian 72, Canistota 83, Bison 83, Elkton-Lake Benton 90, Platte-Geddes 91, Viborg-Hurley 98, Gregory 101, Sunshine Bible Academy 104, McCrossan 105, Warner 107, Kadoka Area 140.

Top 40 (out of 120)—1. Daniel Burkhalter (Bison) 16:54.84.  2. Jayden Waldner (James Valley) 17:10.26.  3. Cameron Harming (Elkton-Lake Benton) 17:16.24.  4. Kedric Brantner (James Valley) 17:23.57.  5. Aaron Voigt (Gregory) 17:33.53.  6. Derek Boekelheide (Northwestern) 17:40.25.  7. Rex Schlicht (Woonsocket) 17:44.75.  8. Logan Schnetzel (Northwestern) 17:48.56.  9. Thaniel Schroeder (Freeman Academy) 17:52.14.  10. Chris Comesflying (Lower Brule) 17:53.36.  11. Jace Burma (Sunshine Bible) 17:53.69.  12. Matt Grebner (Aberdeen Christian) 17:56.10.  13. Zach Petit (Platte-Geddes) 17:57.22. 14. Ethan Roberts (RC Christian) 18:00.19.  15. Iren Grassrope (Lower Brule) 18:02.48.  16. Kray Person (Burke/South Central) 18:02.72.  17. Darrian Hood (James Valley) 18:02.98.  18. Colton Weeldreyer (Ipswich) 18:05.19.  19. Levi Vanden Bos (RC Christian) 18:07.49.  20. Ryan Haggerty (Freeman Academy) 18:08.00.  21. Brennan Haggerty (Freeman Academy) 18:08.85.  22. Michael Wirth (Warner) 18:09.50.  23. Mason Decker (Canistota) 18:09.60.  24. Baylor Beck (De Smet) 18:10.06.  25. Garrett Rolph (Harding County) 18:10.18.  26. Dane Allison (Freeman Academy) 18:10.23.  27. Maxwell Geditz (Ipswich) 18:20.66.  28. Wyatt Haux (Ipswich) 18:22.65.  29. Blake Ferry (Hanson) 18:25.58.  30. Colton Schweigert (James Valley) 18:29.56.  31. Rhaecine Sam (Wakpala) 18:32.18.  32. Logan Hansen (Viborg-Hurley) 18:34.96.  33. Chris Hass (Sunshine Bible) 18:36.00.  34. Mandre Adams (Canistota) 18:36.34.  35. Brian Brave (McCrossan) 18:38.84.  36. Josh McKinstry (Bison) 18:39.17.  37. Tye Swartz (Rosholt) 18:45.06.  38. Austin Olson (Jones County) 18:46.12.  39. Logan Slack (Viborg-Hurley) 18:47.28.  40. Andy White Eyes Jr. (Tiospaye Topa) 18:49.76.

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