COZAD - The Sidney girls cross country team placed three runners in the top 15 and claimed second place in the team standings at the Cozad Invitational on Saturday in Cozad.

"We knew going into the meet that we would face some tough competition," Head Coach Donna Wiedeburg said. "6 of our 12 C-5 District teams competed at this meet. We saw a lot of great things happen during the meet from all of our athletes."

Senior Talissa Tanquary led the Lady Raiders with a runner-up finish. Her time of 20:14 was 11 seconds behind individual champion, Lindee Henning, a senior from Ogallala. 

Freshmen Kylee Kampfe (22:19) and Emily Bashtovoi (23:55) finished 7th and 14th respectively. 

McCook had three runners place in the top five to win the meet. The Bison were led by senior Izzy Renner with a time of 20:36, good enough for third. Sophomores Emma Cappel and Brecken Gale were fourth and fifth.

"We can see the week of training making a difference as we compete in meets during the weekends," Wiedeburg said. "There were 15 personal records set at the Cozad Invite. We had 14 athletes medal."

Junior Josiah Wilkinson won the boys individual title in 17:51. Broken Bow claimed the team title. 

Junior Noah Canas finished 12th to lead Sidney. Senior Brenden Shepard was 18th. The Red Raiders finished fifth as a team.


Hemingford, Gering claim Gering Invite titles

GERING - The Hemingford girls cross country team went first, second and third to win the Gering Invite on Friday. The Bobcats were led by sophomore Dakota Horstman. Horstman won the race in 21:51. Junior Aurora Hinman was second and senior Carlye Kresl was third. 

Pine Bluffs senior Jordan Griess was 10th, Bridgeport sophomore Taylor Bright was 17th and Creek Valley senior Samantha Martin finished 18th. 

Gering edged Alliance by a single point to win the boys team title, 28-29. Gering was led by sophomore Axton Stone who finished second in a time of 17:32. Torrington sophomore Sully Wilson won the race in 17:17.

Alliance finished with runners in fifth (freshman Devin Graham), sixth (Trevor Zurn) and seventh (senior Benjamin Cassatt-Reina). Gering junior Nathan Seiler was fourth.