Photo Showcase: Nebraska state cross country
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KEARNEY, Neb. — Joe Harter had a winning rerun Friday at the state cross country meet.
The Millard West senior said he tapped the knowledge he gained from running the Kearney Country Club course at the UNK state-preview meet to win the Class A title and the all-class gold medal.
“I ran it just like at the UNK,’’ Harter said. “I knew the spots on the course to surge and to get away from people.”
Fremont was the Class A boys team champion for the second time in three years.
In the girls race, Lincoln East won its first state title and Lincoln North Star sophomore Jeralyn Poe got to the halfway point of her quest for four all-class gold medals.
Harter ran his fastest time of the season, 15:22.9, on a sunny afternoon with winds that were subsiding after Thursday’s gale-like conditions across the state.
“Our coach (Max Kurz) did a great job of getting our workouts and mileage plan set up,’’ Harter said.
Harter said he broke away from Wyatt McGuire of North Platte, who took third, at the mile mark and then started going faster at 3,000 meters.
“I had to push it against this group,’’ he said. “I heard people yelling behind me so I figured it was kind of close.”
Fremont senior Danny Aldaba, the runner-up, was more than 14 seconds behind the winner.
Aldaba was one of three Tigers in the top 10 as they prevailed in a team race that saw the top three teams separated by six points.
Fremont had 64 points, Millard South 66 and Lincoln Southwest 70. Defending champion Kearney was fourth with 89.
Trevor Wiegert was fifth and Mason Brown 10th for the Tigers.
Poe was successful again in holding off runner-up Millard West senior Sidney Hirsch. They were 1-2 last year.
“We’ve been running against each other since sixth grade,” Poe said. “It gets nerve-wracking. Last night it was all I could think about.”
Poe said she took the lead with 400 meters left. With 200 left, “I ran as hard as I could.”
“She’s a little stronger this year. We both are,’’ Poe said. “We both have more endurance and experience.”
Poe’s winning time of 14:42.6 was 5.6 seconds faster than the time of Class C winner Gabi Gracia of Holdrege for the all-class gold, but 4.3 seconds slower than her winning time last year.
Lincoln East had four runners finish between fourth and 10th. Sophomore Alexis Altmaier was fourth, with freshman Alana Sesow sixth, sophomore Morgan Applegarth seventh and senior Emilie Johnson 10th.
Runner-up Lincoln Pius X, which was coming off a Class B title season, had all seven runners in the top 33. While East’s fifth runner, junior Andrea Wagner, was 55th, the high finishes enabled the Spartans to finish with 62 points to 67 for the Thunderbolts.
Team scoring: Fremont 64, Millard South 66, Lincoln Southwest 70, Kearney 89, Omaha Creighton Prep 121, Millard West 208, Bellevue West 208, Papillion-La Vista 229, Omaha Central 233, Norfolk 262, Lincoln East 288, Omaha Northwest 315.
Individual results: 1, Joe Harter, MW, 15:22.9. 2, Danny Aldaba, Fremont, 15:37.2. 3, Wyatt McGuire, North Platte, 15:49.8. 4, Mohamed Hamdan, Lincoln North Star, 16:08.3. 5, Trevor Wiegert, Fremont, 16:16.6. 6, Austin Post, MW, 16:19.3. 7, Jack Polerecky, OCP, 16:22.4. 8, Tim Smith, Kearney, 16:24.3. 9, Jacob Holtmeier, Lincoln Pius X, 16:24.4. 10, Mason Brown, Fremont, 16:25.8. 11, Lucas Keifer, LSW, 16:28.7. 12, Colin Appel, Grand Island, 16:29.3. 13, Ben Wellwood, MS, 16:35.2. 14, Davis Behle, Kearney, 16:38.4. 15, Tyler Knapp, MS, 16:38.7.
Team scoring: Lincoln East 62, Lincoln Pius X 67, Kearney 87, Lincoln Southwest 108, Lincoln Southeast 133, Papillion-La Vista South 151, Omaha Marian 196, Omaha Westside 226, Norfolk 235, Omaha Northwest 237, Bellevue West 270, Omaha Burke 311.
Individual results: 1, Jeralyn Poe, Lincoln North Star, 14:42.6. 2, Sidney Hirsch, Millard West, 14:51.0. 3, Ellie Beiermann, LPX, 15:02.7. 4, Alexis Altmeier, LE, 15:11.9. 5, Megan Sughroue, Kearney, 15:18.8. 6, Alana Sesow, LE, 15:22.7. 7, Morgan Applegarth, LE, 15:27.9. 8, Courtney Pickering, Papillion-La Vista, 15:30.1. 9, Anna Hurlbut, LSW, 15:32.7. 10, Emilie Johnson, LE, 15:32.9. 11, Bonnie Smith, ONW, 15:33.8. 12, Willa Koenig, LPX, 15:35.6. 13, Kylie Gokie, LSW, 15:37.2. 14, Elizabeth Naber, PLVS, 15:37.8. 15, Amanda Sughroue, Kearney, 15:39.7.
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