Originally scheduled to run in Dickinson, the Bowman County cross country team found themselves running Newell, S.D. after a poor weather forecast cancelled their meet. Anxious to get his runners some competition, head coach Jon Jahner made a phone call and were welcomed by coaches in South Dakota to join them for the afternoon.
“They just gave us the opportunity to run,” he said.
Both the boys and girls varsity teams had a good showing, the boys had six runners finish in the top 10, and the girls finished with five in the top 10.
“The kids ran really, really well,” Jahner said.
Eighth grader Jaci Fischer was the top finisher, placing first overall among the girls varsity race. Finishing the 5k with a time of 21:03. A close second was senior Alexius Miller, who finished with a time of 21:18. Eighth-grader Kenley Bowman, seventh grader Landyn Gerbig, and sixth grader Julie Sarsland all finished fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively.
Top runner on the boys side was junior Brian Miller, who finished second overall with a time of 16:50. With a time of 17:59 senior Camden Wokal, who finished third overall and just edging fellow Bulldog teammate seventh grader Taylor Wanner. Wanner finished the race with a time of 18:00. Freshmen Caleb Sarsland and Austin Wanner, along with junior Sam Rodakowski finished fifth, seventh and eighth respectively.
“It was a great team race by the boys,” Jahner said. “They’re running just so smart right now.”
Of the nine junior varsity girls, Bowman County took the top five spots. Andrea Rodakowski finished first, followed by Alexia Reisenauer, McKaylee Kolstrom, and AllieRae Stotts. Ben Knopp, Kalorada Eagon, and Levi Kelly finished first, third and fifth respectively for the boys in the junior varsity race.
Jahner said that the girls ran well, and they ran smart after a week of being challenging.
“We really got after and challenged the girls,” he said. “And they responded extremely well.”
This meet, Jahner said, was good to see where some of their runners are at during this point of the season.
At the time of this printing the Bulldogs would have already ran again, that meet was scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24. They get a week off and pick right back up the first week of October.