The Sioux Central boys cross country team finished seventh in a 24-team field at the Galva-Holstein Invitational Saturday.
Once again, the Rebels were led by junior Andy Saunders with a 32nd place finish in a time of 18:54. Will Franzmeier placed 37th, followed closely by Andrew Lichter in 38th, in 19:36 and 19:40 respectively.
Marshall Wernimont finished in 20:18 for 46th place. Freshman Nelson Middendorff rounded out the Rebel scoring with a 62nd place finish in a time of 21:07. Eric Weier and Trent Blomberg also competed for the varsity team, finishing in 21:17 and 21:37, respectively.
"Overall I was pleased with the way we ran today. The field was nearly 125 runners which is comparable to what we will see at districts. For the most part, we improved our places after the first mile. We will need to improve on this as the season progresses," said Sioux Central coach Chris Smith.
Alta, which placed 15th, was led by Jordan Hinkeldey's 59th place finish of 20:50. Following him were Robert Maharry (72nd, 21:27), Mike Huseman (73rd, 21:28), Josh Sager (75th, 21:33), Jared Buckendahl (83rd, 21:51) and Kenny Bishop (102nd, 24:11).
Galva-Holstein's John Harris took fourth place overall, with a time of 18:10. Schaller-Crestland's Ben Currie was close behind, going 18:20 for seventh place.
On the girls side, Sioux Central finished 10th.
Rebels sophomore Jennifer Rushton, who medaled in her third straight meet, led the Rebels in a season's best time of 18:18, good enough for 25th place overall. Freshman Elise Knudtson was the next Rebel home in 20:20, for 60th place. Sophomores Allie Swanson and Ashley Nelson finished 61st (20:29) and 70th (20:45) respectively.
Freshman Audrey Lichter completed the Rebel scoring , placing 86th in a time of 22:04. Also running for the Rebel varsity were Jessica Meisinger and Lindsay Kestner, who went 22:46 (92nd) and 23:16 (99th), respectively. "The girls have worked hard at maintaining a steady pace throughout the race; they did this pretty well today," Smith said. "We have a very young team that I feel will continue to improve as the year goes on. Allie and Elise worked really well together today. I feel pretty confident that we will have five girls runner under 20 minutes before the end of the season."
Ariel Turnquist led Alta, which finished 12th, by running 20:18 for 58th place, and teammate Anne Curbow was one place and one second behind her.
Coming in next for Alta were Nicole Connolly (68th, 20:44), Ashley Damewood (80th, 21:16) and Kelsi Meyers (98th, 23:12).
Freshman Jessica Mathes paced Galva-Holstein, finishing with a time of 16:49, and G-H's Breanna Mathes was just one place and one time behind her.
Molly Sippel of Schaller-Crestland tracked 19:23 for 37th place.
Boys Team Scores: 1. Woodbine 60, 2. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 107, 3. South O'Brien 169, 4. Ar-We-Va 175, 5. Logan Magnolia 183, 6. Manson NW Webster 191, 7. Sioux Central 195, 8. West Sioux 216, 9. Galva-Holstein 225, 10. Spalding Catholic 237, 11. Le Mars Gehlen 242, 12. BCIG 272, 13. Boyer Valley 288, 14. Bishop Garrigan 289, 15. Alta 337, 16. Remsen St. Mary's 379
Girls Team Scores: 1. Galva-Holstein 50, 2. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 107, 3. West Sioux 108, 4. PAC 129, 5. Spalding Catholic 147, 6. South O'Brien 169, 7. Boyer Valley 173, 8. Bishop Garrigan 181, 9. Ar-We-Va 239, 10. Sioux Central 245, 11. Woodbine 251, 12. Alta 295, 13. Manson NW Webster 297, 14. BCIG 298, 15. Le Mars Gehlen 349