Killdeer cross country teams preview regional course

The Killdeer Cowboys headed to Beulah last weekend for a preview of the West Region meet in two weeks. Killdeer came away from the race with some confident results.

By Jarann Johnson

The girls took fifth and the boys sixth.
The girls had one runner in the top 25. Eighth-grader Hannah Benz led the way for the girls, pacing 22nd in a time of 24 minutes and 5 seconds.
Sophomore Shawnee Hansen finished 26th in 24:33, while freshman Jaylynn Hicks was close behind in 29th with a time of 25:03.
“Hannah and Jaylynn worked their way from the middle of the race and worked their way up. Shawnee started and finished really well, just had a little bit of a lapse in the middle where she struggled. She looked better than last week even though on the hilly course the times don’t look as well,” said Killdeer head coach Nathan Horgeshimer said.
Killdeer’s scoring was closed out by junior Corrie Dobitz and senior Katelynn Lane, placing 41st (27:02) and 45th (28:10).
The Cowboys were without junior Dani Benz, who missed the meet because of an illness.
“Corrie was consistent for us. Katelynn got her first 5k in and did fine. Dani Benz got sick yesterday, so she didn’t run. Katelynn stepped up and ran so we had five girls,” Horgeshimer said.
The boys also ran a full team at the meet. Junior Dakota Bowen and sophomore Stephen Westarp broke into the top 25 at the meet. Bowen placed 19th in 19:42 while Westarp was 21st in 19:44.
“Stephen and Dakota ran awesome. This was our region meet outside of a couple of individuals and they were right there fighting for the top 20. So, that was exciting to see,” Horgeshimer said.
Killdeer’s other varsity runners also ran well. Senior Colby Dukart was 46th in 21:32, Garrett sophomore Calkins placed 55th in 22:21, followed by sophomore Orion Bowen in 60th at 22:57.
“Colby ran another consistent race. Colby has been consistent as out third runner. Garrett had another good race. Orion hung in there and finished,” Horgeshimer said.
The junior varsity squads also had a good day. The highlight for both JV teams was Jace Andersen’s win in the boy’s race.
Andersen had to pass a competitor in the last 300 meters of the race, but he followed the lead cart outside of the finish shoot. Race volunteers had to raise the finish shoot rope for the runners to come back onto the course and find the finish line.
“Jace Andersen ran awesome. He ran against a couple of guys he ran against last week except he finished and beat them instead of them finishing and beating him. Nathan Sadowsky had a consistent race. Dawson Schneider and Kaleb Eberline ran alright,” Horgeshimer said.
The JV girls took fifth overall. Horgeshimer felt like the JV girls did well but struggled with the hills on the course.
“JV girls had a solid day. There are a couple things to work on. We struggled with the hill a little bit but this is the toughest course we’ll run on all year,” Horgeshimer said.
Killdeer will be head to the Rugby Invite this weekend.

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