In its final meet before Saturday’s rescheduled West Regional, the Killdeer cross country team placed fourth in both the boys and girls races at the Medicine Hole Golf Course in Killdeer (Oct. 15).
Killdeer’s Owen Duttenhefner placed third overall for the 3,000 meter course in 10:28.06. The winner was Stanley’s Noah Rolfe (10:04.66), followed by Brian Miller of Bowman County (10:07.09).
Bowman County easily won the team title with 27 points, followed by Stanley (75), Dawson County (75), Killdeer (98), Mandaree (163), Trinity Christian (225) and Parshall (242).
Nathan Sadowsky was the second Killdeer finisher (19th, 11:53.65), followed by Ethan Hendrickson (24 th, 12:29.65), Jekori Dahlen (25 th, 12:30.43), Isaac Jaggi (27 th, 12:38.81), Clayton Gregory (28th, 12:47.91), Nekori Dahlen (36th, 13:24.25), Hunter Hausauer (40th, 13:51.41), Brenton Gibson (46th, 14:42.31), Dalton Swenson (53 rd, 17:48) and Wyatt Bohner (54 th, 18:23.94).
The Cowboys were without Jace Andersen in the lineup for the race.
In the girls race, Bowman County dominated the meet with six runners finishing in the top 10 as they easily claimed the team title with 21 points.
A Montana runner from Dawson County, eighth-grader Adrianna Griffith, placed third overall behind the Bulldog tandem of Alexius Miller and Jaci Fischer.
Hettinger-Scranton’s Sidra Sadowsky was fourth followed by four Bulldogs.
Seventh-grader Abby Hardersen placed ninth for the Cowboys, with a time of 13:31.94. Danielle Dobitz, a freshman, was 13th with a time of 14:06.52, followed by teammates Hannah Benz (30th, 15:44.59), Faith Norby (31st, 15:51.78), Tyra Dahlen (38th, 17:24.53) and Cami Kuntz (41 st, 17:42.52).
Dawson County placed second in the team race with 82 points, followed by Stanley (87), Killdeer (121), Parshall (148), Hettinger-Scranton (178) and Mandaree (188).
Killdeer managed to finish 18th as a team in the boys competition recently at the site of the state championship meet in Minot’s Souris Valley Golf Course.
The team scored 607 points, finishing right behind rival Beulah (591), in a meet that mixed Class A and B teams from throughout the state.
Century won the team title with 53 points, followed in the top ten by Red River (112), Jamestown (120), Bismarck (144), Minot (175), Legacy (204), New Town (243), Grand Forks Central (259), Bowman County (283) and Hillsboro/Central Valley (291).
Duttenhefner was the top Killdeer runner, placing 27th with a time of 17:17.46 for the course. Andersen was the second finisher (44th, 17:34.15), followed by Sadowsky (164 th, 20:20.87), Jaggi (197 th, 21:46.55) and Clayton Gregory (212 th,22:51.26).
In the girls varsity race, the Cowboys were led by Hardensen (87th, 22:05.60), Dobitz (97th, 22:29.84) and Arndt (164th, 24:58.35)
It was a strong performance in poor conditions,” coach Nathan Horgeshimer said. “(It was very wet and muddy conditions with lots of congestion due to the size of the races.
“Kids competed well. We got to see a lot of teams from the East that we will run into at the state meet as well as racing a number of Class A teams. Owen and Jace ran well up towards the front of the race while the boys as a whole were competitive with our West Region teams.
“A lot of younger runners competed in the JV race and had some nice improvement,” he added.
“The girls were led by Abby and Danielle in the varsity race, with both running season best times,” the coach said.
Killdeer placed sixth in both the boys and girls varsity races at the Rugby Invitational.
Willston won the boys team title with 28 points, followed by New Town (92), Griggs County Central (139), Rugby (161), Burke Central (193) and Killdeer (209). Bishop Ryan (224) was seventh, ahead of Stanley (235), Four Winds (263) and Watford City (274) closing out the top 10 teams.
Duttenhefner, a sophomore, placed sixth with a time of 17:14, 10 seconds ahead of teammate Andersen who was seventh (17:24.1).
Sadowsky was the third Cowboys, placing 64th with a time of 20:21.3 for the course. He was followed by Jekori Dahlen (76th, 21:10.1), Jaggi (78th, 21:20.4) and Ethan Hendrickson (88th, 21:47.4). Nekori Dahlen placed 104th with a time of 23:16.3, ahead of Hunter Hausauer, who was 111th across the finish line (24:01.5) and Gibson (120th, 25:17.3).
In the girls varsity race, Rugby (44) won the team title, followed by Williston (64), Watford City (65), New Town (112), Stanley (159) and Killdeer (205) in the eight team field.
Hardersen, a seveth-grader, was the first Killdeer runner to finish (25th, 22:27.3), followed by Dobitz (34th, 23:07.5), Arndt (54 th, 24:25.5), Hannah Benz (77th, 26:25.7), Norby (80th, 26:35.0) and Kuntz (93rd, 30:27.7).
According to the coach, the team had a great day in Rugby. “The boys had a good overall race. Owen and Jace led the way with a 6-7 finish in a field. Nathan, Jekori and Isaac rounded out the scorers with the whole boys team dropping time and competing well. We are starting to round into form leading into the October meets.”
He added, “The girls competed well and we had a full team to score. Abby led the way with a 25th place finish. Danielle and Autumn finished soon after with Faith and Hannah in our top five. Like the boys, the girls all ran their best times of the year.”
The Cowboys had a strong finish to September on the cross country courses, with Killdeer having two runners finishing in the top 10 of the boys varsity at the Beaulah-Hazen invitational.
Andersen placed fifth (17:27.44), just five seconds ahead of Duttenhefner (17:32.41).
As a team, the Cowboys finished eighth against some of the top teams in the state, just six points behind Bishop Ryan.
Sadowsky was the third Cowboy to finish the race, placing 77th in 21:35.47 for the 5K course. He was followed by Gregory (92nd, 22:18.72), Crows Breast (117th, 24:05.38), Jaggi (129th, 25.29.25) and Gibson (133rd, 26.17.97).
Bismarck Legacy won the meet easily with just 33 points with all five scorers finishing in the first 11. The team took the first two places, then ninth, 10th and 11th.
Bowman County was second as a team with 69, while Century took third (144), ahead of Beulah (218), Burke Central (225), Mandan (250), Bishop Ryan (290), Killdeer (296), Rugby (302) and Stanley (307) in the top 10 of the 19-team field.
In the girls varsity, Rugby (64) edged Bowman County (66) by just two points for the team title.
Killdeer had just three runners, not enough to have a full team for scoring. Dobitz, a freshman, placed 51st with a 24:48.00 time for the 5K course. Norby was 75 th (30:16’15), followed by Kuntz (76th, 33:11.50).