The Sioux Central boys cross country team won its fourth invitational meet of the season here Saturday at the Charger Invitational.
The Rebels tied in points with 13th-ranked Southeast Webster, but won in a tiebreaker.
Sioux Central cross country coach Chris Smith said it was a close between his team, Southeast Webster and Southern Cal-Rockwell City-Lytton.
The Rebels and SE Webster each finished with 77 points, while SC/RC-L totaled 79 points.
"We managed to come away with a win, but we'll need to run better next week if we want to win the Twin Lakes Conference meet," Smith said.
He added that during Saturday's race, five of the seven varsity runners had season's best times.
Rebel senior Connor Lindquist led the way, taking third overall in 16 minutes, 53 seconds. Marshall Wernimont was 15th with a season's best time of 18:04.
Other Sioux Central varsity runners, their times and places, were: Mark Saunders, 16th in 18:05; Andy Saunders, 20th in 18:33; Andrew Lichter, 23rd in 18:49, Mike Britton, 34th place, and Jamie Conlon with a season's best time of 19:52. Also notching season-best times on the varsity were Lindquist, Lichter and Conlon.
The Alta boys finished fifth with 139 points, while Laurens-Marathon was sixth with 146 points.
Jordan Letzring led the Cyclones with a sixth-place finish. The top three varsity boys finishers were Wes Farrington of So.Cal/RC-L and BC-IG's Pete Hoffman.
The Sioux Central girls placed second, their highest team finish of the season.
Southeast Webster-Grand took top honors with 48 points. In taking second, the Rebel girls finished with 89 points. So. Cal/RC-L was third in the six team race.
"Our girls ran well, but we had a little trouble with the wind. We managed to battle through it. Their second place shows how hard they've been working in practice. "We seem to be peaking at just the right time."
He added that Southeast Webster is the favorite to win the girls' team title in the Twin Lakes Conference meet Saturday.
Meanwhile, leading Sioux Central to a second place was Brittny Rehbuhn, 7th in 18:11, Briana Scharn, 11th in 18:46, Jennifer Rushton, 16th in 18:53, and Brooke Scharn, 26th in 20:21.
Rounding out the Sioux Central girls' scoring was senior Shana Hamilton, 29th in 20:09. Also for the Rebels, Amy Mortenson was 27th in 21:41 and Ashley Nelson took 38th place.
The Rebels had the only full team in the girls JV race. Freshman Catherine Baker led the way with a 2nd place in 22:22.
Rachel Henningson was third in 22:28. Also competing in the girls race were Jessica Rix, fifth in 25:31, Courtney Farris, sixth in 25:41, Brianna Ehlers, 7th in 26:08 and Bailey Herrig, eighth in 26:56.
The Sioux Central JV boys team also won its team competition, though it was the only complete team.
The Rebels were led by a sixth place from Wesley Henningson, who finished 6th overall in 21:16. Henningson dropped two minutes of his previous-best time.
Aaron Hobson was 8th in 22.44, Jeremy Lansink, 11th in 22:06 , Abram Meyers, 12th in 22:10, Justin Waddell, 16th in 22:57, Ryder Sisco, 18th in 24:55 and Patrick Smith, 20th in 26:05.
Aurelia girls and boys teams also ran in Laurens Saturday.
In the varsity boys race, Kyle Doherty was 57th in 21:25. In the varsity girls race, Desiree Thatcher took 49th with a time of 25:45. In the middle school race, Zach Barnes was third in 12:49.
"We were short on numbers because of the band competition," Aurelia cross country coach Jolene Hultgren said.
"Kyle ran his personal best time and Zach Barnes continues to be in the top finishers in the middle school races; he looks forward to doing his best in every meet."