LAURENS - Six Sioux Central boys runners finished in the top 15 here Saturday, as the Rebels won the Twin Lakes Conference cross country title.
The Sioux Central boys won the meet with 40 points to 63 for Southern Cal and 75 for Southeast Webster.
"I thought thought we did a great job of getting out early and pushing the pace in the second mile," Rebel boys CC coach Brad Peter said. "The victory was a total team effort."
Leading the Sioux Central boys were Eric Patten and Connor Lindquist. Patten was second, finishing the 5,000 meter course in 16 minutes, 39 seconds, while Patten was third in 16:42.
Mark Saunders was the next Rebel finisher, taking tenth in 17:30. Following Saunders were Marshall Wernimont, 12th in 17:38 and Jesse Steece, 13th in 17:42. Nate Lichter was 15th in 17:55, while freshman Andy Saunders was 20th in 18:30.
"Eric and Connor ran great," coach Peter said, "but the strength of the team was shown by how our 3-6 runners finished from tenth to 15th place. Our seventh runner finished 20th, so it was a great day for the entire team."
Peter added that his team is looking forward to the district meet in Holstein Thursday.
"At the beginning of the year, we had three goals - to win the conference, finish in the top three at districts and run at the state meet as a team," Peter said.
"We met one of those goals last Saturday, and I think the team is focused on what we have to do Thursday. This is definitely the fun part of our season."
The top 15 finishers made the All-Conference team. Patten, Lindquist, Mark Saunders, Wernimont and Steece all gained All-Twin Lakes honors.
The overall winner of the boys race Saturday was Wes Farrington of Southern Cal. He won in 16:20.
The Laurens-Marathon boys team took seventh with 176 points.
Charger runners, their places and times, were: Matt Hertz, 24th in 18:40; Brett Snyder, 40th in 20:42; Tyler Koenig, 42nd in 21:20; C.J. Mayou, 33rd in 19:54, Justin Depew, 37th in 20:22 and Jamie Hertz, 43rd in 21:24.
In the Twin Lakes girls varsity race, the Sioux Central girls finished third with 78 points. Southeast Webster won with 28 points, followed by Pocahontas Area with 67 points.
Three Rebel girls runners gained all-conference honors. Junior Briana Scharn finished the 4,000 meter course in 11th place in 18:25, while Chelsea Winterboer was 13th in 18:55 and Nicole Lindquist 15th in 19:01.
Brittny Rebhuhn was 16th in 19:01, while Lani Powers was 23rd in 20:13. Shana Hamilton added a 24th place finish in 20:14 and Rachel Henningsen was 33rd in 22:11.
According to Rebel girls cross country coach Chris Smith, five Southeast Webster runners finished in the top 15, making the all-conference team.
"I think this is the best race we have run all year," Smith said. "Our first four girls finished in a tight group; there was only a 20-second gap between our first and fourth runners.
"The girls ran aggressively today and moved up in the pack throughout the race."
Taking top honors in the girls race was Michelle Hubbell of Pocahontas, who took first in 16:39.
The Laurens-Marathon girls did not field an entire team, but were led by an 18th place by Megan Hofmaster, who finished in 19:27.
Kari Fredricks was 22nd in 20:12, while Krista Fredricks was 32nd in 20:46 and Erica Teague 40th in 23:52.
In the JV girls race, Sioux Central's Jessica Rix won the gold medal in 22:34, with Courtney Thomsen second in 22:37.
In the junior high girls race, Steph Mohr led the Rebels with a time of 19:11 while Catherine Baker finished in 19:40. Both Mohr and Baker ran season's-best times.
In the JV boys race, Sioux Central's Patrick Smith was eighth in a career-best time of 24:52.
In the junior high boys race, Trent Blomberg paced the Rebels, taking seventh in 15:04. Eighth-grader Ross Hildebrand finished eighth in 15:20.
Aurelia, Alta, Sioux Central and Laurens Marathon will all compete in Holstein Thursday.