Blujay's CC place second

SMITH CENTER – The St. John's Blujays Cross Country teams travelled to Smith Center on Thursday for the Smith Center Cross Country Invitational.   Other teams participating included Lakeside, Osborne, Smith Center, Phillipsburg, Natoma, and Republic County.

  The first varsity  race of the day was the girls with Sarah Gunderson leading the team in 11th place and Amy Lutgen was close behind in 12th.   Laura Meyer finished in 17th place.

The top four runners were used for team scoring at the Smith Center  meet. The St. John's varsity boys team came in second place with Republic County taking the team title.   The Blujays were led by sophomore Brandon Bates with a first place finish in 18:29 followed by freshman Caleb Eilert in second in 18:41. Braden Dameron also earned a medal with a 9th place finish. Jacob Gengler came in 19th and Camryn Winkel was 21st.

“Today was a great test for our underclassmen,” said coach Ben Letourneau.   “Our two seniors, David Lutgen and Adam Bates weren’t able to run because they were taking the Dane Hansen scholarship test.   The younger guys were able to step up and lead the way and it was great to see Brandon and Caleb go one and two.”

Next week the Blujays travel to Republic County on Thursday Sept. 21.

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