The Sioux Central boys cross country team showed it is a solid threat for a Class 1A, district title here Saturday morning, winning the Galva-Holstein Classic held at the Holstein golf course.
The Rebels and West Sioux each finished with 93 points, but Sioux Central won the tiebreaker with its sixth runner finishing ahead of West Sioux's sixth runner.
In winning, the Rebels beat four state-ranked teams. Woodbine was third with 109 points, followed by Bishop-Garrigan with 113 points. The Alta boys were tenth with 224 points.
"This race included many of the teams that will meet again in Holstein Oct. 19 in our district race," Sioux Central boys cross country coach Brad Peter said. "Now we know where we stand as far as district competition goes, but we cannot be satisfied. We have to keep working hard if we want to be the best team in October."
Eric Patten led the Sioux Central charge, taking tenth place with a time of 18 minutes, 20 seconds. He was followed by Marshall Wernimont (14th, 18:42) and Connor Lindquist (16th, 18:52).
Mark Saunders was 22nd in 19:03, and Jesse Steece rounded out the Rebel scoring, taking 31st in 19:27. Andy Saunders added a 39th place finish in 19:44, with Nate Lichter 47th in 20:04.
According to Coach Peter, both Saunders and Lichter finished ahead of West Sioux's sixth-place runner.
"I was extremely proud of the way we competed Saturday," Peter said. "We knew going in that the competition was going to be tough, and that to challenge for a title, we'd have to run our best."
Peter added that his team worked the pre-meet strategy well Saturday.
"We talk all the time about having a tight spread between our first runner and our fifth runner," Peter said. "Our goal is to have less than a 60-second gap from 1 to 5 and less than an 80 second gap between runners 1 and seven. We came very close to this goal Saturday."
Also for Sioux Central, Patrick Smith took 134th in the JV race in 31:04.
Two Aurelia runners ran in the boys varsity race, with Nathan Anderson taking 101st in 22:45 and Gaylen Miller taking 111th in 24:04.
In the girls varsity race, West Sioux was the team champion, finishing with 79 points. Algona Bishop-Garrigan was second with 89 points and South O'Brien third with 100 points.
The Alta girls were eighth with 302 points and Sioux Central ninth with 320 points.
The Rebels were led by senior Nicole Lindquist, who took 46th place, finishing the 4,000 meter course in 20:34. She was followed by Brittny Rehbuhn (56th place in 20:5), who was competing in her first varsity race.
Senior Lani Powers was 80th in 23:19, while senior Courtney Thomsen was 81st in 23:22.
"Lani was competing in her first meet of the year, and she has been nursing a hamstring injury," Rebel coach Chris Smith said. "The girls had an opportunity to compete against many teams that we'll see at the district meet.
"We saw quite a few quality runners today; the girls ran well under the conditions but we know we still have a lot of work to do if we want to be competitive at the district meet."
The Aurelia girls cross country team did not field a complete team, but Wendy Nelson was the top area girls finisher, taking 16th in 18:32 and earning a medal.
Jessica Mann was 60th in 21:10 and Jessica Cougill was 87th in 23:50.