Blujay boys CC win Smith Center invitational
SMITH CENTER – The St. John’s Blujays Cross Country teams travelled to Smith Center on September 13 for the Smith Center Cross Country Invitational. Other teams participating included Lakeside, Osborne, Smith Center, Phillipsburg, Natoma, Tipton and Republic County.
The first varsity race of the day was the girls. Sarah Gunderson lead the team in 11th place andLizzie Meyer was 13th. Amy Lutgen was close behind in 15th.
The St. John’s varsity boys team came in 1st place with Republic County taking 2nd. The Blujays were led by Brandon Bates with a first place finish in 17:34 followed by Caleb Eilert in second in 17:43. Braden Dameron also earned a medal with a 9th place finish. Jadyn Rosebaugh came in 11th, Ben Thompson 18th, and Cabyn Winkel was 21st.
“Everyone had a great race today,” said Coach Ben Letourneau. “Smith Center is a challenging course, and the 20-30 mph wind gusts added to the challenge. Almost everyone improved their time over Concordia. It was great to see Brandon and Caleb work together and come in one and two, and great for the Boys’ team to bring home the team trophy.”
This week the Blujays travel to Republic County on Thursday, Sept. 20.