Last Thursday’s Region meet held at the Flandreau Indian School was one of the most successful meets in recent history for both Flandreau Public and Flandreau Indian as combined they managed to qualify not only nine individual runners but also as a team as well.
The Fliers girls’ team will be sending three runners to State for the first time since 2003, and up from just one a year ago. The Fliers were led by seventh grader Sinona Flute who finished in fifth place with a time of 15 minutes and 30 seconds. Fellow seventh grader Madeline Hursey also qualified for the season’s final meet with a 10th place finish in 16 minutes flat. Eighth grader Kathy Parsley was the girls’ final qualifier after she finished in 17th position with a time of 16:32. It is each of these girls first time qualifying for the State meet.
Sophomore runner Marilyn Allen finished just shy of qualifying with her 24th place finish, while teammates Quinn Orlick (26th) and Mara Lunday (30th) rounded out the Fliers runners.
The girl’s team finished fourth as a team with 53 team points, six points short of West Central and qualifying for State as a team.
The Fliers boys’ cross country team will not only send four runners to compete individually at the State meet but they will also be competing as a team after their third place finish at last Thursday’s Region meet. It is the fourth time in the last five years the boys will be sending a team to State.
Sophomore Dylan Erickson will return to the State meet after finishing in third place Thursday in 17 minutes and 31 seconds. Senior Guy Zephier qualified after his sixth place finish along with sophomore Anthony Julson finishing 11th and Geno Taylor Burshiem finishing in 20th. Those four runners combined for 40 team points, which was good enough for third place, 12 points less than fourth place, Madison.
Travis Pinnick finished in 24th for the Fliers in 18:37, while Andrew Julson finished in 38th with a time of 20:22.
But the top performance of the day went to Flandreau Indian School’s Ethan YoungBird who finished in first place, while earning his first trip to the State meet. YoungBird will be joined by teammate Clinton Ten Fingers who finished in 19th place to qualify for State.
All in all, the two Flandreau schools will have nine runners and one team in the State meet at Robbinsdale Park in Rapid City this Saturday. The meet was originally scheduled at the Elks Club Golf Course but damage to the course after the recent snow storm that hit the State’s west side moved it.