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Ord won 29-21 over district opponent Adams Central on Friday night and continues to lead the district race. They moved to 8th in the Class C-1 point standings.
Once again, the Cross Country teams had another good outing last Thursday at the Central City Invitational. In a meet that features several Class B and C teams the Chants were able to finish fourth and seventh in the girls and boys team races respectively. "I was very pleased with how our kids competed in this meet", Coach Derry Trampe stated. "We ran against Some quality competition and We did quite well. Our kids continue to show improvement each week." The boys scored 144 points to finish 7" in the 13-team field, Aurora won the meet with 33 points while Lexington was second with 42 points. Grand Island Northwest tied with Lexington but finished third based on tiebreaker criteria. "Our boys did a pretty good job of staying together but we had a little bit too big of a gap between our second and third runners", Trampe commented. "We need to get that gap closed up and our score will come down a lot." Rounding out the team scores in the meet were: Schuyler (70), St. Paul (102), Nebraska Christian (119), Madison (145), Fullerton (162), Central City (170), GICC (176), and Twin River and Central Valley did not field enough runners to score as a team.
The girls scored 61 points to finish fourth and were just 14 points out of second. Aurora ran away with the team title with 12 points while Lexington and GI Northwest tied for second with 47 points. Lexington was awarded second place based on the tiebreaker. "Our girls had a very good race against Some great competition", Coach Trampe noted. "I was very happy with the way we ran in this meet and the progress we have made this season. It will be interesting to see how much we improve between now and the district meet," Rounding out the team scoring in the meet were: Schuyler (112), Nebraska Christian (112), Madison (131), GICC (138), and St. Paul, Fullerton, Central City, Twin River, and Central Valley did not field enough runners to SCOre aS a. team.
The Chanticleer girls brought home two medals from the meet again this week, Zoe Ritz, led the way with a 3" place finish in 20:53 while Morgan Ritz finished 14" in 22:11. "Zoe continues to run very well". Trampe said. "She finished third behind two of the top runners in Class B this season and was not that far off of the leaders. Morgan continues to impress me with how quickly she is improving. She continues to finish ahead of people that had beaten her earlier in the season and that is really impressive." Also scoring for the Chants were Gloria LoBue and Jessica Buckles. Gloria finished 22" in 24:11 and Jessica was 34" in 25:54 to round out the Chant scoring. "Gloria had her best race of the season", Trampe stated. "She looked very strong throughout the race and really competed well. Jessie also ran one of her better races of the Season and just continues to improve each week. She has become a much better runner at pacing herself through a race and now we just need to close the distance between her an Gloria and we will really have a nice team this year." Pushers for the team included Rebecca Fischer (50' in 28:15) and Britan Blair (71" in 33:41). "Rebecca continues to get better every week", Trampe commented. "She has steadily improved since the beginning of last season and is really running well. I was also excited to get Britan through her first race. She has been working to improve every week and getting through the entire race was a great accomplishment. I am proud of the way all of these girls are competing."
While the boys had no medal winners in the meet, they still turned in a lot of quality performances. Colton Rowse just missed brining home a medal when he finished 17" in a time of 19:04. The top 15 finishers earn medals. "Colton ran an excellent race and was just a few seconds out of bringing home a medal", Trampe Said. "Earning a medal at this meet is tough
because there are so many quality teams in the race. I am pleased with how Colton is running right now and his potential is unlimited." Kyler Peetz had one of the best races of his career as he finished 36" in 20:26. "Kyler ran a great race", Trampe stated. "He has been running well in practice the past couple of weeks and it is paying off for him in the way he is racing right now, I look for him to be a big part of our team the rest of the season." James Masin and Christapher White were the final scoring runners for the Chants. Masin finished in 60" place in 21:21 and White was 64 in 21:27. "James really ran a strong second half of the race and moved up a long ways", Trampe noted. "I was very happy with the race he ran and the way he finished the race. Chris got out well in the race and struggled a little in the last mile. However, we have been putting in a lot of miles in practice so I am not surprised that he was a little leg weary in the final part of the race." Pushers for the team this week were Blake Moderow (70" in 21:46) and Tim White (88" in 22:59). "Tim is working through some tenderness in his knee and looks like we need to rest him a little and let it heal up", the coach said. "He has been running well but it was obviously hurting him in this race. Blake continues to impress me with the improvement he is making each week. He is a good runner and now just needs to be confident in his ability. He got out pretty slow in the first mile but really made up ground in the last two miles. When he gets out in the early part of the race, he will be surprised with how well he does." Also competing in the meet were Trevor Vancura (105" in 23:48), Riley Massman (115" in 24:31), and Scott Behnk 133" in 31:42). "I am happy with the way Tim, Reily, and Scott are working in practice and the improvement they have made", Trampe said. "However, I thought they got back in the race early and then became content just to finish. We need to keep working on improving our position throughout the race and our times will come back down.
In the junior high race Kloe Severance brought home a medal by finishing 4" in a field of more than 80 runners, Kloe completed the 2-mile course in 14:37 to earn her medal. "Kloe is really running well right now", Trampe commented. "She was in good position at the mile and looked like she was going to finish third but just got beat at the finish line in a very close race for third, I am really pleased with the way she is running and look for good things from her in the future." Treaven Scheidler led the way for the junior high boys by finishing 30" in a field of over 90 runners. Scheideler completed the 2-mile course in 14:01. Carter Griffith was close to Treaven as he placed 38" in 14:26. "I thought both Carter and Treaven ran very good races", Trampe said, "I felt like both of them ran a lot stronger and with more confidence than they did last week at the Broken Bow meet. Now we just need to have them run consistently from week to week,"
Macee Alexander blasted a grand slam home run last Thursday to propel the Chants to their second softball victory of the season, a 5-3 win over Centura/Central Valley. Alexander and her teammates celebrated on the way to the dugout as the dinger put them up 4-0. Winning pitcher was Jenessa Grooms.
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