All season long the bulldog XC team has been working toward their postseason run, and on Saturday in Killdeer the pursuit began. On a day where the competition was as stiff as the 40mph gusts and 30 degree temps, bulldogs ended the day with a quartet of 2nd place finishes.
In the boys division the varsity race was dominated by the New Town Eagles. The bulldogs placed 2nd to the #1 ranked team in the state behind a typical performance by Camden Wokal. “Camden is an athlete predicated on hard work and guts, that is what we see out of him everyday. It just so happened that the elements of the day played right into his hand. We knew some kids were going to struggle, and we knew that Camden was going to persevere. That’s just the kind of kid he is.” Explained coach Jonathan Jahner. Behind Wokal (5th place), teammate Brian Miller legged out a 9th place finish as the bulldogs eared two All-Region honors. The bulldogs then relied on their depth and youth as Caleb Sarsland (21st), Austin Wanner (22nd), and Ethan Fischer (26th) rounded out the scoring for the bulldogs. Behind Fischer, Karsen Kulseth, Eli Heyen and Noah Wokal pushed 3rd place Stanley runners back in the ranks. Also competing for the bulldogs were Brady Hendickson, Ben Knopp, and Levi Kelly. In the JV boys division the Dawgs also placed 2nd to New Town. Aidan Thompson paced the bulldogs 4th place finish, while Kalorada Eagon finished in 10th earning two more JV All-Region runners. Rounding out the scoring for the bulldogs were Luke Fischer, Kevin Fischer, and Dylan Kalstrom.
On the girls side, the Dawgs found themselves in a three way battle for the region trophies. The Dawgs outdueled the Parshall Braves, but didn’t have the firepower to stay with the New Town Eagles (#3 ranked Class B team). Alexius Miller took control for the bulldogs leading a trio to All-Region honors. Miller finished in 6th place, closely followed by Paysha Rex (10th), and Kenley Bowman (16th). Rounding out the scoring for the bulldogs was Abigail Bartholomay (26th), and Vanessa Fischer (30th). Jocelyn Kulseth rounded out the runners for the bulldogs. In the JV division, another trio of All-Region honors were earned as Alexia Reisenauer placed 3rd, followed by McKaylee Kalstrom (6th), and Beki Fuchs (10th). Other scorers for the bulldogs were Kaylee Kinsey in 11th and Michaela Fischer in 22nd. The JV girls finished in 2nd place to Beulah-Hazen.
“We were really proud of the kids today. They battled some tough running conditions, but showed that it wasn’t going to deter what they have been working for. We had the team finishes that we hoped for today and that was the result of all the kids doing their jobs today” said assistant coach Duane Bowman.
Bulldogs Senior Abigail Bartholomay was named one of the three West Region Senior Athletes of the Year, and will represent her region at the state meet on October 27th in Jamestown. Teammate Alexius Miller says “Abby is a great teammate but an even better friend. I love her like a sister, and we’ve been running buddies since 7th grade and I’m going to miss her next year.”
Next op for the bulldogs is a return trip to Killdeer for the Medicine Hole Run, and then the North Dakota State Cross Country Championships in Jamestown on October 27th.