Killdeer’s Cowboys finish strong at annual Becki Wells Invite

Coach Nathan Horgeshimer and his Killdeer Cowboy cross country team didn’t have to travel far to run last weekend.


Special to the Herald

 Sept. 14, 2012

The Cowboys headed south to the Heart River golf course to compete in the prestigious Becki Wells Invite.

The meet was loaded with talent as a group of over 500 runners in a number of divisions ran in what would be a preview of the state meet, which will be held on the same course later this fall.

“We were excited to have a chance to see the state meet course,” the coach said as he talked about the experience. “It was a very big meet with a number of class A schools as well as most of the B schools from the western half of the state. We had some kids who had real nice efforts and I can see our improvement as a team week to week.”

The varsity girls finished in the 12th spot out of 22 total teams. Killdeer’s top finisher was Lexie Clarke who finished first for the Cowboys and 44th overall with a time of 17.01. Brooke Fettig came across in the 70th spot while teammate Amber Kukla was thirteen spots later. These two athletes ran times of 17.53 and 18.40.

Jurnnee Murray was Killdeer’s fourth point total. Her time of 18.55 enabled her to finish in the 85th position while teammate Shannea Schaper’s time of 20.53 put her in the 98th spot.

“Lexi really had a nice day,” Horgeshimer said as he begin discussing his girl’s team effort. “She had a great race. Amber and Brooke both improved and Jurnee and Shannea made some great leaps from their meet in Bowman.”

The junior high girl’s squad was also able to field a full team and again Sydney Anderson led the pack. With a race consisting of the 3K, Anderson finished seventh with a good time of 13.07. Trae Murray’s time of 14.29 placed her 30th while Corrie Dobitz was seventeen spots behind her teammate in 15.17.

Danielle Benz and Cate Fredericks finished in the 66th and 90th spots with times of 16.15 and 19.36.

The lone runner on the guy’s side ran in the junior high boy’s 3K. Colby Dukart had a time of 14.53 and finished in the 88th spot.

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