Custer outduels McMurtrey, Yeager, Ohlson for McCook medalist honors
The area's best cross country runners were showcased Thursday at the McCook Invitational on the Heritage Hills Golf Course. Cambridge standout Kyle Custer outkicked the McCook duo of Shawn McMurtrey and Andrew Yeager to capture first-place medalist honors. Custer posted a three-mile time of 16 minutes, 18 seconds. McMurtrey and Yeager finished a close second and third with times of 16:21 and 16:22.
Chase County-Imperial's Scott Ohlson finished fourth with a time of 16:38.
Cambridge's Grant Moore placed sixth, with a time of 16:47 and McCook's Cody Martin placed eighth with a time of 16:51. McCook's boys placed first in the team standings with 35 points, followed by North Platte 47, Gothenburg 48, Ogallala 53, Cambridge 75, Chase County 97, Holdrege 119, Cozad 139, Dundy County 160, Oberlin 182, Grant 234 and Sutherland 237.
Rounding out the McCook boys were Kelly Maiden, 22nd, 17:49; Ryan Ankersen, 29th, 18:24; and Dallas Korus, 51st, 20:18. "As a team we ran our best race of the year," said McCook cross country coach Tom Sughroue. "With a 2-3-8 finish from Shawn, Andrew and Cody, we needed our fourth runner to step up. "Kelly Maiden did that just yesterday. It was by far the best race he has run. It was great to see. Any time you can have four runners within 1:30, you will score well if they are in front of the pack." Ogallala clipped North Platte 38-44 for the girls title. Chase County-Imperial finished third with 53 points, followed by Holdrege 59, Gothenburg 60, Grant 89, Oberlin 118, McCook 147, Cambridge 163, Sutherland 181 and Dundy County 192. Top area girls finishers were Chase County's Michelle Dill, fifth, 15:57; Grant's Ashlyn Glunz, sixth, 16:25; Chase County's Jamie Lines, 13th, 16:47; McCook's Rebecca Rawlings, 14th, 16:51; and Chase County's Breanna Bjerrum, 15th, 16:54.
Rawlings placed in the medals despite battling pain from an automobile accident early Thursday morning.
"Rebecca Rawlings placed 14th," Sughroue said. "It was not her best race of the year, but she is a gutsy enough runner to fight through the pain." McCook's Heather Goff placed 34th with a time of 18:08. Teammates Megan Forbes and Alison Hofer placed 50th and 55th with times of 19:09 and 19:38. Vanessa Holliday and Jessica Battreall placed 56th and 57th -- both with a time of 19:40.
"Just as the boys, the girls continue to improve from meet to meet," Sughroue said. "Heather Goff continues to get better -- she is becoming a much stronger runner.
"Megan Forbes has dne a great job for the Bison over the past two meets. She has found a new gear to run in. "Alison Hofer was our fourth runner yesterday. She ran her best time of the year."
McCook competes at Ogallala next Thursday. Oberlin competes at the Hill City (Kan.) Invitational next Thursday and hosts its invitational Sept. 30. Oberlin cross country coach Dick Ahlberg said times for his runners are improving.
"We ran a little better this week," he said. "This was a big tough meet with some of the best Nebraska schools competing on a challenging course. "This was a learning experience for all of our runners."
Other area varsity boys results Cambridge -- Michael McHale, 33rd, 18:33; Scott Laue, 40th, 19:14; Brett Palmer, 61st, 21:12; Jon Paisley, 72nd, 22:26. Chase County -- Trey Boggs, 30th, 18:22; Chris Lee, 32nd, 18:27; Joey Swanson, 38th, 19:02; Brian Lee, 39th, 19:08; Matt Carlholm, 53rd, 20:13. Dundy County -- Chris Quint, 37th, 18:47; Ben Baird, 42nd, 19:24; Jordan Stroup, 43rd, 19:27; Brian Horobik, 50th, 20:10; Simon Ferreira, 55th, 20:21. Oberlin -- Teryn Grafel, 44th, 19:28; Andy Leitner, 45th, 19:29; Shane Montgomery, 47th, 19:41; Kellen Doeden, 59th, 20:36; Aaron Helm. 66th, 21:49; Brent Stallman, 67th, 21:50. Grant -- Talon Gurgen, 51st, 20:10; Scott Wood, 64th, 21:37; Gil Russell, 70th, 22:17; Will York, 71st, 22:21. Eustis-Farnam -- Andrew Bellamy, 35th, 18:46; Kevin Fisher, 60th, 21:01; Earl Mortensen, 68th, 22:07. Maywood -- Craig Hazen, 58th, 20:25; Nate Moog, 69th, 22:08; Tony Steinhour, 73rd, 22:36; Aaron Steinhour, 74th, 23:09.
Other area girls varsity results Chase County -- Katie Ohlson, 20th, 17:12; Shelby Thompson, 40th, 18:39; Ashley Benson, 49th, 19:07. Grant -- Chelsea Geisert, 24th, 17:37; Molly Mayer, 36th, 18:14; Ashley Fitzgerald, 44th, 18:53; Laura Demel, 45th, 18:55. Oberlin -- Keely Witt, 22nd, 17:27; Lora Marietta, 27th, 17:54; Krista Fowler, 30th, 18:02; Whitney Bienke, 42nd, 18:39; Molly Coleman, 52nd, 19:14. Cambridge -- Shannon Macke, 30th, 18:05; Kaitlin Deaver, 35th, 18:13; Michelle Houghtelling, 51st, 19:13; Ashley Houlden, 53rd, 19:32; Katie Ballo, 60th, 20:19; Staci Moore, 65th, 21:01. Dundy County -- Megan Baird, 23rd, 17:28; Olivia Castillo, 54th, 19:36; Riley Elwell, 58th, 20:13; Jill Zuege, 67th, 21:04. Eustis-Farnam -- Megan Dunlap, 29th, 18:00; Kyle-Lynn Hughes, 33rd, 18:06; Brooke Young, 58th, 20:01. Maywood -- Rachel Hazen, 61st, 20:19; Brittany White, 64th, 20:58. Republican Valley/Twin Valley -- Katie Dolan, 62nd, 20:48.
Boys JV results McCook -- Alex Sughroue, 13th, 19:51; Jake Eckhardt, 19th, 20:35; Matt Fritz, 26th, 21:53; Derek Carriker, 29th, 23:27; Jamie Zlomke, 30th, 23:42. Grant -- Gordon Schroeder, 14th, 19:52. Oberlin -- Zeke Ruzicka, 25th, 21:50. Dundy County -- Chris Owens, 20th, 20:37.
Girls JV results McCook -- Sarah Calvin, 7th, 20:54; Jennifer Herron, 10th, 21:04. Grant -- Alisha Johnson, 5th, 20:36.
Boys Junior High Republican Valley/Twin Valley -- Kaleb Nielsen-Sheffield, 12th, 6:45.
Girls Junior High McCook -- Jessica McMurtrey, 13th, 6:45; Renetta Rawlings, 15th, 6:49. Republican Valley/Twin Valley -- Layne McConville, 7th, 6:22.