Girls Finish 4th, Boys Finish 5th 

The Ord High School cross country teams competed in the ten-team Ainsworth Invitational this past Thursday at the Aisnworth golf course.  The Chanticleer girls finished 4th in the team race while the boys were 5th in their team race.  The varsity girls brought home 3 individual medals while the boys earned 4 medals.  “I thought we had a good day with our kids but not a great day”, Coach Derry Trampe commented.  “We had some really good performances from out kids and there were a couple of places where I felt we could have run a little more competitively.  I thought we got out and ran the first part of the race well, but we seemed to lack some competitiveness in the last mile of the race.  We will need to continue to improve our conditioning so we can be stronger at the finish of a race.”

The boys scored 41 points to earn a fifth-place finish in the team standings.  West Holt won the meet with 17 points while Ainsworth was a close second with 19 points.  North Central finished with 24 points and Valentine scored 37 points to finish 3rd and 4th respectively.  Boyd County was 6th with 72 points while Mullen, Burwell, Sandhills/Thedford, and Twin Loup did not field enough runners to score in the team race.  Garret Severance was the top finisher for the boys as he placed 11th in a time of 20:18.  “Garret continues to run well for us”, Trampe said.  “He is a competitive young runner that will get nothing but better as the season progresses.”  Also scoring for the team and earning medals were Hayden Kluthe, Elijah Pollard, and Grady Moudry.  Kluthe was 16th in 21:14, Pollard was 17th in 21:20, and Moudry was 18th in 21:20.  “It was nice to have these guys come in as a pack of runners”, Trampe stated.  “This will make a big difference when we get in bigger races.  Now we just need them to close the gap on Garret and be within 20 to 30 seconds.”  Brodie Klimek and Braden Bruha were the 5th and 6th runners for the team at this meet.  Klimek finished in 22:41 which was good for 24th place.  Bruha finished in a time of 23:25 which was good for 29th place.  “Brodie continues to get better each week and Braden struggled a little with some tightness in his hamstring.  Hopefully, it will heal up for him this week because he is a talented runner”, Trampe noted.  Also competing for the boys were Gage Sintek and Skylar Probst.  Sintek finished 33rd in a time of 24:31 while Probst was 38th in a time of 26:57.  “Gage looked a lot better this week than in the first race”, Trampe said.  “He was a little sore last week and it looks like he is getting better.  Skylar continues to work hard in practice and is seeing improvement in meets.  I like his attitude when he competes.”

The girls score 38 points to finish in 4th place on the day.  Ainsworth won the meet with 10 points while North Central was second 17 points and West Holt was third with 28 points.  Valentine was 5th with 45 points and Mullen, Burwell, Sandhills/Thedford, Twin Loup, and Boyd County did not field enough runners to score as a team.  Macy Warner was the top medal winner for the girls again this week as she finished 11th in a time of 25:00.  “Macy is a solid runner and give us a steady performance every week”, Coach Trampe noted.  “She is a good leader for our team and gives her best effort every week.”  Also earning medals were Valeria Chacon-Allerano and Izzy Jeffres.  Valeria finished in 16th place in a time of 26:25 and Jeffres was 17th in a time of 26:55.  “Valeria runs the last half of a race very well”, Trampe said.  “She runs down a lot of girls in the last mile and a half of each race.  She is a competitive girl.  Izzy gets out well in a race and then has to hold people off at the end.  As she gets stronger and in better shape, she will improve on her finishes.”  Hannah Masin finished in 25th place in a time of 29:16 and Elisabeth Bengston was 32nd in a tima eof 34:41.  “Hannah continues to show improvement from week to week”, Trampe stated.  “She had a difficult year last year with injuries and this year she seems to have worked through them and is just getting better every week.  I was also pleased with the way Elisabeth competed in this meet.  She is getting stronger each week and I look for her to have a successful season.”

The junior high girls finished 6th out of 8 scoring teams with 62 points and the junior high boys were 6th out of 7 scoring teams with 55 points.  Allison Wheeler recorded the highest finish for the girls as she just missed a medal with an 11th place finish in a time of 7:03 for the 1-mile race.  Avery Bruha was 25th in 7:30 and Victoria Chacon-Arellano was 31st in 7:55.  Brody Blair was the top boy finisher as he placed 13th in a time of 6:45.  Knox Nelson was 21st in a time of 7:28 and Judson Collier finished in 27th place in a time of 9:01.