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Milbank Area runners second, Roncalli runners hit PRs at Border Battle

Milbank’s Ashlynn Batchelor, left races for the finish line with Rapid City Christian’s Marissa Bonsness, right, during the Class A girls race at the South Dakota State Cross Country Meet last season at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls. Batchelor finished runner-up at a meet in Grand Forks, N.D., on Saturday. Photo by John Davis taken 1023/2021

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – A pair of Milbank Area runners finished second in their respective races, while Aberdeen Roncalli members also turned in solid performances during the inaugural Border Battle cross country meet in Grand Forks Saturday.

Ashlynn Batchelor of Milbank Area was runner-up in the Class A girls’ race and Payton Brown was second in the Class A boys’ race.

Roncalli’s Paul Gutenkauf was 36th while Paige Schmidt finished 44th.

The meet included nearly 50 teams.

“It was a great day surrounded by great competition,” said Roncalli coach Brady Lesnar. “I thought the team competed really hard today. We made some gains.”

Gutenkauf and some of the other Cavaliers hit personal records during the meet.

Addison Cassady won the seventh-grade race for girls. She has consistently been Roncalli’s top varsity runner this fall.

The meet also allowed the Roncalli runners to watch one of their former teammates in action.

Aberdeen Roncalli’s Paige Schmidt competes earlier this season at the Roncalli Invite at Lee Park Golf Course. Schmidt was Roncalli’s top girl finisher at a meet in Grand Forks, N.D., on Saturday. Photo by John Davis taken 9/15/2022

“Former Cavalier Lauren Dosch (who runs for Grand Forks Red River) also ran today and ran her PR,” Lesnar said. “It was a lot of fun seeing her run again.”

Roncalli is right back in action Monday at a meet in Groton.

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