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Golden Eagles record top 15 finishes at Clyde Cotton

Aberdeen Central’s Tate DeVries runs for the finish line during the boys varsity race at the Sahli/Salmi Invitational Cross Country Meet recently at Lee Park Golf Course. DeVries finished 15th at the Clyde Cotton Invitational Saturday in Huron. Photo by John Davis taken 9/7/2023

HURON – Runners from across the state merged into Huron for the Clyde Cotton Cross Country Invite on Saturday.

The Aberdeen Central teams were among those participating in the meet, placing a pair of runners in the top 15.

In team standings, Brookings won the boys’ title with a score of 90, six points ahead of Sioux Falls Washington (96). Brandon Valley (98), Custer (100), and Aberdeen Central (104) rounded out the top five.

Brandon Valley won the girls’ team title with a score of 25, well ahead of runner-up Chamberlain (95). Pierre (99), Watertown (118), and Flandreau (133) rounded out the top five. Aberdeen Central placed sixth with a score of 147.

Individually on the girl’s side, Spearfish’s Peyton VanDeest won the title with a time of 18:19.01, just ahead of Flandreau’s Faith Wiese (18:24.49). Brandon Valley’s Addison Scholten, Chester Area’s Emery Larson, and Brandon Valley’s Mia Wentzy rounded out the top five.

Central’s Juna Ramey finished in 12th place with a time of 19:33.86.

Aberdeen Central’s Morgan VanVeen (1127) sprints for the finish line behind Pierre’s Gwen Richter (1362) during the girls varsity race at the Sahli/Salmi Invitational Cross Country Meet recently at Lee Park Golf Course. Photo by John Davis taken 9/7/2023

Other Central runners included Morgan VanVeen (39th), Angie Lopez (46th), Alivia Burgard (47th),

Khloe Cochran (48th), Isabella Vrbka (53rd), and Alexis Ketterling (58th).

Golden Eagle girls’ coach Eric Pedersen said it was good to see his team break personal records.

“Juna hit a PR, Khloe hit a PR, among others. A lot of season bests today as well, which is nice to see as we get closer to competing at ESD and State,” Pedersen said.

Pedersen noted there were good things to take away from the meet as the team begins to prepare for the Russ Strande Invite on Thursday in Brookings.

“Overall it was a fun day in Huron with some good takeaways as we head into Brookings this week,” Pedersen said.

On the boys’ side, Pierre’s Jared Lutmer won the individual title with a time of 15:34.62, ahead of Brandon Valley’s Mikah Peters (15:51.14). Douglas’ Peyton Cast finished third, while Sioux Falls Washington’s Cole Reilly and Douglas’ Wyatt Balliew finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Golden Eagles were led by eighth-grader Tate DeVries, who finished in 15th place (16:56.43), while Joseph Perkins finished in 18th place (17:00.94).

Central boys coach Greg Murley was pleased with how the team performed.

“Really pleased with the way our kids ran today. Great weather and great competition made for

a good day,” Murley said. “I’m pleased with how Tate ran today, as well as the depth of our team.”

Central’s Christian Wells finished in 25th place, while other runners included Sam Schultz (27th),

David VanVeen (29th), Patrick Severson (38th), and Tino Lopez (43rd).

Murley said the team continues to build momentum for the end of the season.

“We continue to strive to set ourselves up to run our best races at the end of the year,” Murley said.

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