FAIRBURY – Both the Seward boys’ and girls’ Cross Country teams were crowned Central Conference champions on Thursday, while the Dukes’ teams were both second.
York’s Erin Lee however was the top finisher in the girls’ race as she toured the Fairbury course in 14:31 and that 20 seconds ahead of Gabriella Garcia of Holdrege who was fourth at state last year.
Following the race Lee had these comments. “It feels awesome to be a Conference champion. Coming into the season I didn’t think I would be that successful. I kept working hard at practice and staying motivated and encouraged my teammates. My teammates have kept me going and have pushed me in practice. I think our team did very well. I think we can come back next week and run even better.”
The Seward girls ended the race with 27 points and York was just two points back at 29 and third went to GINW with 61.
Picking up fifth place was Lauren Clark with a 15:28.90, in 11th position was Micah Lucas with a 16:11.60, and just a few steps back in 12th was Lauren Boyer with a time of 16:25.30.
"For those on the team who ended the season today, it was a good note to end on,” said York runner Lauren Boyer. “If we continue to work as hard as well have been, we will keep improving. We are getting close."
In the boys’ team race, Seward took the top three spots and they won Conference crown with 20 points to 38 for York and 44 points for Schuyler.
York’s top runner was Blake Woodruff in fourth with a clocking of 17:34.80, in fifth was Caleb Magner who ran a 17:36.30, picking up 13th was Dalton Obermier with a 18:16.60 and rounding out the York scoring was Christian Wagner with a time of 18:18.20 and that was good for 15th.
Several of the York boys commented on their effort Thursday.
“I was very proud of our team. We all ran our best today. If we keep it up, we will do very well at Districts and State,” said Blake Woodruff
"It was nice running with everybody for one more race. It should be a great next two weeks,” commented Dalton Obermier.
"Over the next two weeks, we need to stay focused, work hard and eat well and sleep. If we do these things, we will be successful at Districts and State,” stated Caleb Magner.