Ethan YoungBird of the Flandreau Indian School took home the top spot in the boy’s race Monday afternoon at the Darrell Horacek Invite hosted by West Central.
Moody County was well represented on Monday; along with YoungBird’s impressive performance, both the Fliers boys and girls cross country teams placed third with seventh grader Madeline Hursey taking fifth for the girls and Guy Zephier finishing in sixth for the boys.
Monday’s meet is a major measuring tool for the Flier girl’s team as the top three teams in the State were all represented. (Madison, Garretson, West Central).
Hursey finished the course in 15:41.9 to earn her fifth place finish, and fellow seventh grader Sinona Flute came in just behind her with a seventh place finish in a time of 15:44.7.
Marilyn Allen finished in 22nd position (16:58.6), while Kathy Parsley finished in 28th (17:14.1), and Mara Lunday finished in 48th (19:12.7) to round out Flandreau’s point scorers. Quinn Orlick finished just outside point contention in 51st.
Flandreau finished in third place as a team with 52 total points, two points ahead of Garretson. Host West Central took home the top team finish, four points ahead of Madison.
Madison’s Hailey Sreff took home the top individual honor, finishing the course in 14:52.7.
As for the boys, YoungBird finished the race in 17:29.6 to earn the top spot, while Flandreau Public’s Guy Zephier finished in 17:59 to take sixth place.
Public also had finishers in 10th (Dylan Erickson), 26th (Geno Burshiem), 28th (Anthony Julson), 31st (Travis Pinnick), and 59th (Andrew Julson) on their way to a third place team finish.
The Indian School, who placed fifth as a team, had Clinton Ten Fingers finish in 24th, Jeff Pour Bear in 39th, Leroy WhiteBird in 46th, Reuben Wells in 47th and Tahlee Tabaha in 55th.
Garretson took home the team title with just 23 points, almost half as few as second place Madison, thanks to three finishers in the top five.
Flandreau Public will hit the course twice this week for conference meets; this Monday, the 7th, in DeSmet and again tomorrow (Thursday) in Parker.