HARTINGTON – A handful of girls and 10+ boys cross country teams took to the Hartington Community Complex during a season opening event.
The Hartington-Newcastle Wildcats hosted the HNS Invitational Thursday late afternoon in northeast Nebraska.
In the girls division, the host Wildcats posted a low score of 23 with all of their points coming from runners who finished inside the top 10. Pender was right behind with 24 points, Battle Creek in third with 32 points while Osmond and Winnebago both tallied 72 points.
Paige Steinman of Pender was the top runner out of 28 who finished in a time of 20:58. The top Ponca runner was Mackenzie Schram placing 12th with a 24:14 as Laurel-Concord-Coleridge’s leader was Vanessa Vance in 24th (30:10).
The Osmond boys held off the host Wildcats 22-23 during the boys division with both teams’ top runners accounting for 1-6. Plainview came in third with a 72, Winside fourth with an 82 and Winnebago fifth with a 90. Osmond JV (sixth – 127), HNS JV (seventh – 127); Pender (eighth – 150); Battle Creek (ninth – 151); Ponca (10th – 156) and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (11th – 156).
Hartington-Newcastle took the top two spots from Carson Noecker (16:04) and Brayden Kathol (17:33) followed by three Osmond boys of Johnson Chishiba (17:46); Mason Bykerk (17:57) and Graysen Schultze (18:12).
Dean Kruger placed eighth for Winside (19:00); LCC’s top runner was Dillon Olson (15th – 19:17) and Caden Schram paced Ponca at 22nd (19:48).