It has been a quick start to the Bulldog Cross Country season, as the bulldogs traveled south to Ellsworth AFB for the Douglas High School Early Bird. A meet less than two weeks into the season is early for the Bulldogs, but they learned a lot about where they are at, and what they need to work on.
The conditions at Prairie Ridge Golf Course are unforgiving. Terrain changes are enough of a challenge, as the hilly course is physically demanding, and when you compound that with great competition, you get a challenge.
The bulldogs didn’t back down, as Andrew Miller used a fast start, and a gutty performance to lead the way for the varsity team with a 14th place finish. Brian Miller and Ethan Fischer rounded out the varsity team with 27th and 37th place finishes respectively.
In the JV boys division, a pair of rookies took to the course where 7th grader Austin Wanner finished 4th and freshman Samuel Rodakowski placed 6th. It was a great start for two young men that the bulldogs have high hopes for, however, they were not alone. Dillon Eagon, Levi Kelly, Ben Knopp and Noah Wokal all posted very impressive times. Rounding out the performances for the boys were Luke Fischer, Brady Hendrickson, and Dylan Kalstrom; a trio of junior high athletes who completed their first races on a demanding course.
The girls team saw much of the same, as Alexius Miller led the ladies with a 17th place finish. Miller was closely followed by Abigail Bartholomay in 29th, Jocelyn Kulseth (34th), and Vanessa Fischer (36th). In the Junior Varsity division, 7th Grader Paysha Rex paced the bulldogs as she finished the 4000m course in 29th place. Senior Brenna Wokal followed her in 37th, followed by McKaylee Kalstrom, Kaylee Kinsey, and Audrey Lazzara in 44th, 45th , and 46th respectively.
The bulldogs won’t have to go far next week, as they host the Bowman County Early Bird at Sweetwater Golf Course on Thursday, August 31st at 9:00am. The course will be an early season preview of the West Region Championships to be held on October 14th.