Panther Cross Country was back in action this weekend at the North Central Invitational in Eureka. The Panthers Boys Varsity team has had strong showings this season leading up to Saturday’s meet with one first place finish and multiple second place finishes at other meets.
The strength of that showing featured strong running by Ian Beyer, Beau DuBray, Caleb Beiber and Ethan Farlee this weekend to win first place by placing 3, 4, 6 and 8, respectively. Farlee ran his fastest time yet this season to round out the effort.
Both Beyer and DuBray finished the race seconds behind the leader with 20 seconds or less separating the top four finishers. Bieber and Farlee finished 43 seconds apart to secure top ten finishes.
The Timber Lake Panthers took the day finishing ahead of Faulkton with Sully Buttes and Potter County rounding out the other teams in Boys Varsity Cross Country action.
In Junior Varsity girls, Natalie Lawrence cruised to a 4th place finished while the Junior Varsity boys Chase Marshall and Ashton Kerstein finished in 3rd and 4th place, finishing within 40 seconds of each other, demonstrating endurance and motivation.
In Junior High action, Meredith Maciejewski who sprinted out a personal best for the third week in a row, turned in an impressive time of 14 minutes and 10 seconds.
A meeting was originally scheduled in Faulkton, however, it was cancelled, forcing the Panthers to change plans to compete in Eureka. The course at Eureka “was challenging with hills on the back side of the two-thousand and three-thousand loops,” said Panthers Coach Donna Aberle.
Next week sees the Panthers in a grueling two-race week. They will travel to Lemmon early in the week and then they race at home on Friday October 4, 2019.