Gael boys win CYO
HOLSTEIN — The St. Edmond boys cross country team captured the team title at the CYO meet on Saturday.
The Gaels finished 102 points, seven ahead of runner up Woodbine. Gehlen (153) was third, followed by Sioux Central (155) and Riverside (157).
“The boys are pretty ecstatic,” said St. Edmond head coach Mike Szalat. “Jed did a good job setting the tone, and hopefully, this will boost his confidnece. Grant has been making steady progress, and the sky is the limit for him.
“This takes a total team effort, and the boys time drops were were considerable. Everybody was frustrated with their times last week, so it’s cool to see them start to gel together.”
St. Edmond’s Jed Tracy was sixth in 17:52.15.
Grant Heldorfer (18:51.46) broke into the top 20 with a 17th place showing. Ryan Duckett (19:31.27) was 24th. Also running counting scorers for the Gaels were Parker Oswald (19:40.51) in 26th and Hayden Mayer (19:43.69) in 29th.
“In my 20 years here, this was one of our best days as a whole,” Szalat said. “Everyone throughout the whole program responded.”
The St. Edmond girls were third, while Abby Landwehr crossed in third individually. The Gaels finished with 67 team points.
Logan Magnolia (31) was the champion, followed by Ridge View (60).
Landwehr ran a time of 20:43.33 behind Top-10 sisters Taylor Sporrer (1st in 19:07.09) and Courtney Sporrer (2nd in 19:27.98).
Aubrey Bemrich was 15th in a time of 22:32.47. Kelli Kersten (22nd in 23:20.22), Aleksandri Aljets was 25th in 23:31.56 and Erin Flattery was 31st in 24:03.12.
“Abby ran a good race. She lost to two girls who are ranked pretty high,” Szalat said. “One of our girls did not finish, so when that happens that defintely affects your score.
“Kelli has stepped up and improved the whole year. It was also Aubrey’s best time of the season so far.”
The St. Edmond girls JV team finished first with 16 points. They were a first through fourth individually.
The Gael JV boys were second with a third, fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth.
St. Edmond is back in action Monday, Sept. 17 at the Humboldt Invitational.Gael boys win CYO