Although the Bulldog XC team has been busy, last Tuesday was the first time the bulldogs competed in a class B meet since their home competition before Labor Day. The Dawgs didn’t disappoint. Both varsity squads took home 2nd place behind Rugby, a notable feat since both Panther teams are currently ranked in the top 5 (Girls 1st, Boys 3rd).
The girls team was led by Paysha Rex, who worked stride for stride with teammate Alexius Miller, to place 7th and 8th respectively. The ladies stacked three runners in the top 10 as Kenley Bowman finished 10th. Abigail Bartholomay (21st), and Alexia Reisenauer (41st) rounded out the scoring for the Dawgs. Jocelyn Kulseth finished close behind in 42nd. Those efforts earned a 2nd place team finish on the day.
The boys race saw more of the same as Brian Miller and Camden Wokal teamed up for a pair of top 10 finishes. Miller brought home 7th, while Wokal captured the 10th place position. Behind them a pack of Dawgs showed their strength, as Austin Wanner, Ethan Fischer, and Caleb Sarsland finished in 17th, 18th, and 22nd respectively. While the scorers were in, the bulldogs were not done inflicting harm on their opponents. The depth of the bulldogs pushed many other team’s top 5 back, as Karsen Kulseth finished in 26th, Eli Heyen in 43rd, and Noah Wokal 49th.
This Tuesday the Bulldogs traveled to Watford City where a mini West Region battle broke out. The bulldogs rose from the battle with a boys team title and a girls 2nd place finish (only to Class A Watford City).
The girls team was once again led by Paysha Rex who placed 5th in one her more complete races of the season. Behind Rex, Alexius Miller bested west region foe Shambre Feiring to place 6th. The bulldogs were not done placing yet, as Kenley Bowman battled her way to a 9th place finish, and Abigail Bartholomay took home 13th. Jocelyn Kulseth rounded out the scoring for the bulldogs with a 23rd place finish. In the JV race all 5 girls placed top 20 led by Alexia Reisenauer in 3rd. McKaylee Kalstrom followed in 7th, while Becki Fuchs (10th), Kaylee Kinsey (12th), and Michaela Fischer (16th) also placed for the bulldogs.
The boys brought a pair of individual and team titles home as the Brian Miller raced through the field to capture the top spot in the varsity boys race. Karsen Kulseth was a quick study of Miller as he set out a similar race plan, and executed it to perfection out-kicking the competition to win the JV title. In the team standings, the bulldogs came out on top thanks to the pack of Bulldogs behind Miller. Camden Wokal worked a familiar race strategy out-muscling the competition to finish 5th. Behind Wokal, Caleb Sarlsand finished 12th, while Ethan Fischer place 16th. Eli Heyen finished the scoring for the bulldogs. The team title in the JV race followed a familiar script as all 5 scorers placed in the top 20. Behind Kulseth’s victory, Aidan Thompson placed 3rd, Kolarada Eagon finished 11th, Luke Fischer 16th, and Kevin Fischer 17th.