Beloit boys and girls CC League medalists
MINNEAPOLIS – The Beloit Trojans traveled to Minneapolis to participate in their NCAA League meet. This year Beloit and other member league schools elected to hold a combined junior high and senior high league competition hosted by Minneapolis rather than traveling to the Lakeside Invitational due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We had great competition at Minneapolis especially with Southeast present," said Beloit Coach Brad Mason. "It would have been a good opportunity if we had the chance to run against a few other schools at Lakeside which we will see at Regionals but all in all it was a fun golf course which has never seen a cross-country race."
In the combined juniorhigh race, Colton Jeardoe finished 19th and Kade Pearson in 20th.
“The junior high boys have progressed extremely well this season," Mason said. "They were fun to coach and possessed great attitudes. They should be very competitive next year as eighth graders just with their added maturity and miles under their legs."
In the high school girls combined race, top 10 finishers earned medals and All-League honors. Coming in 9th place for the Lady Trojans was Jena Balluch and teammate Arianna Armstrong in 10th. Other Trojans included Samantha Zimmerman in 24th and Amanda Noller in 26th. League champions were the Lady Trojans from Southeast scoring 21 points followed by Sacred Heart.
In the high school boys combined race, Lance Lundine found the finish line in 5th place while teammate Jacob Porter was 7th place, both achieving All-League top ten performances. Mason Thompson for the Trojans was 46th and Cameron Sadler 56th.
“I was extremely proud of the high school runners," said Mason."We were pretty confident of bringing home four league medals. This should set these runners up well for some good performances on the 24th."
The Southeast boys won the League title followed by runner-up Republic County.
The Trojans will now travel to Norton on Saturday, Oct. 24. Norton will host of one of six Regionals in the state to be held that day. The top two teams from six regionals will qualify for state. In addition, the top ten runners of each Regional will qualify individually for state competition which will be held this year at Wamego on Oct. 31 rather than Rim-Rock where it has been for a number of years.
“We are looking forward to competing at Norton where the kids ran very well last year and hopefully extending their season one more week at the state competition,” Mason said.
The girls race starts at 10:30 a.m. and the boys following at 11:15.
Teams competing include: host Norton, Colby, Ellsworth, Goodland, Hays/TMP, Hoisington, Marion, Minneapolis, Phillipsburg and Russell.