Cross country teams win title at Butler meet
Girls finish first, boys second for combined title

By Alex Martinez and Kellen Foltz

Warrior varsity cross country teams combined to win the overall title at the Mack Butler City Cross Country Meet for the first time since 1996 as the girls took first and the boys second Sept. 28 at Kuehn Park.

The girls scored 33 team points, beating second place Roosevelt by 10. The boys tallied 39 points, seven points behind first place Lincoln at the meet.

Individually, freshman Alea Hardi of O’Gorman took first with a time of 19:48 for the girls and senior Sam Elliott of Lincoln with a time of 16:56 for the boys.

 Individually for the Warriors, junior Merci Bita came in fourth with a time of 17:30 to pace the boys and junior Sydney Lather second with a time of 20:41 for the top girls time. 

Cross country coach Shane Rieley said he is very impressed with the teams’ early-season start. 

“It was a great start to our season with many outstanding performances from varsity and JV athletes, many of whom were running their first varsity meet or their first high school meet ever,” Reilly said. 

Lather said she was happy with the outcome, as well. 

“We put a lot of work in this summer and I’m proud of how we did,” Lather said. “I’m excited to see what the rest of the season has in store.” 

Warrior team members will next be in action at the Augustana University Twilight Meet at 6 p.m. Friday at Yankton Trail Park.

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