Tom Mix, Published October 23 2013
Burros cross country team vying for three-peat
Hillsboro-CV – ranked No. 1 in the final North Dakota Class B poll – has won the last two state championships and will try for a third on Saturday at Bjornson Park Golf Course in Valley City.
The Class B girls race begins at 3 p.m.
“One of the benefits we have is that we are a larger group now,” Hillsboro-CV head coach Kirk Zink said. “We have had seven girls that have been in our top five at least once throughout the course of the year. We have quality and quantity.”
The Burros won the East Region meet scoring a 63 with a top five consisting of Annika Rotvold (Jr.), Gracie Wright (eighth grade), Shayla Fossum (Jr.), Bailey Baesler (Soph.), Addi Eckart (Fr.).
Junior Brooklyn Zink and senior Tatiana Berge finished outside of the top five, but have consistently scored points this fall for the Burros.
“We fully expect to have all 10 of our runners finish in the top half of the race this weekend,” Zink said.
Rotvold, who is ranked fourth individually entering the state meet, finished second at the region meet with a time of 15 minutes, 22 seconds.
“Having a runner like Annika at the top that is going to put a single digit on your scorecard has really helped and makes a huge difference,” Zink said.
The last Class B girls team to win three consecutive titles was Bowman (2003-05).
“We have seen the state cross country meet a couple times now,” Zink said. “All 10 of our runners have run a state cross country meet. They understand that everyone has to run well and have really done a great job lately running as a group.”
Carrington’s Neumiller finishes year at No. 1
Carrington freshman Ashley Neumiller is entering the state meet with plenty of momentum.
Neumiller, who was ranked No. 1 in the final coaches poll, turned in a first-place time of 15:09 at Saturday’s East Region girls meet.
“She has won her last four or five races and is definitely on a streak,” Carrington head coach Josh Kerbaugh said of Neumiller, who has won six of her nine races this fall. “She is very focused.”
Neumiller has been running cross country for the Cardinals since her seventh grade season and also competes on Carrington’s track and field team that won a state title last spring.
She finished 22nd at last year’s state meet running to a time of 16:33 and opened the season ranked No. 10.
Lisbon’s Horgeshimer fresh off region win
On paper, it appears the Class B boys race will be duel between Bismarck Shiloh Christian junior Elliot Stone and New Town freshman Ryan Wheeling, but don’t count out Lisbon all-state senior Thomas Horgeshimer.
Horgeshimer, who has won eight races this fall, enters the state meet ranked No. 3 behind Stone and Wheeling, respectively.
“He shows up for the big meets,” Lisbon cross country coach Joe Kern said. “He might be ranked third behind a couple runners, but we feel good about him running in the state meet in Valley City.”
The Class B boys race begins at 2:15 p.m.
Horgeshimer won the East Region meet with a time of 17:02 – 47 seconds faster than Daniel Kuntz of Velva. It was Horgeshimer’s third individual East Region championship.
A year ago, Horgeshimer took second place at state running his best race of the year.
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