BELLE FOURCHE — Runners from Spearfish, Lead-Deadwood, Belle Fourche, and Sturgis competed at the Black Hills Conference cross country meet, held Wednesday at Belle Fourche Country Club.

Sawyer Clarkson of Belle Fourche won the 5,000-meter varsity boys’ race in 17 minutes 30.92 seconds. 

Teammates Cole Hockenbary (18th place in 19:24.49), Wyatt Keegan (29th in 20:23.38), Devin Nowowiejski (33rd in 20:37.56), Ethan Jones (35th in 20:41.38), and Nic Lambert (40th in 21:04.62) followed.

The Belle Fourche varsity girls’ team received a 14th-place finish from Allison Hayes. Her time for the 5,000-meter course was 22 minutes 9.07 seconds.

Ava Allen finished 17th for the Belle Fourche varsity girls in 22 minutes 24.61 seconds. Harley Fischer (21st place in 22:56.02), Ayseluna Hockenbary (28th in 23:43.95), and Anika Main (42nd in 24:57.01) also represented the Broncs.

Keenan Urdiales’ fifth-place finish in 18 minutes 9.20 seconds led the effort for the Spearfish boys’ squad. 

Cole Hansen (21st place in 19:44.96), Jase Dee (28th in 20:16.87), Paul Hourigan (31st in 20:30.68), and Max Ensor (36th in 20:57.77), also represented the Spartans. Madie Donovan was the first Spearfish varsity girl to cross the finish line. A time of 22 minutes 0.58 seconds was good for 13th place. 

Josie Tobin (22nd place in 22 minutes 58.02 seconds), Halle Fjelland (27th in 23:40.48), and Laina Ornelas (44th in 25:41.86) also competed for the Spearfish varsity girls.

All six Sturgis varsity boys earned top-20 status. Nate Andersen placed eighth in 18 minutes 25.89 seconds, followed by Ray Henderson (10th place in 19:05.11), Morgan Papenfuss (12th in 19:11.33), Taylor Tobias (13th in 19:15.83), Beck Bruch (17th in 19:21.11), and Deron Graf (19th in 19:31.91).

Jessica Matthew led the Sturgis varsity girls by finishing 12th in 21 minutes 44.77 seconds. Other Scoopers were Paige Willnerd (23rd place in 23:03.28), Haley Ferguson (30th in 23:54.45), Novah Dinkins (37th in 24:24.87), and Trinity Legner (47th in 27:49.89).

Three runners represented Lead-Deadwood in the varsity boys’ division. Pratt Williams claimed 14th place in 19 minutes 19.02 seconds, followed by James Pierce (25th in 20:06.08) and Landon Williams (26th in 20:10.22).

Clarissa Heisinger was the first Lead-Deadwood varsity girl to cross the finish line. A time of 23 minutes 35.01 seconds enabled her to place 25th.

Isabel Ward was 38th in the varsity girls’ division for Lead-Deadwood; her time was 24 minutes 25.62 seconds. Zariah Jones (45th place in 25:53.20) and Sara Jones (48th in 31:24.56) also represented the Golddiggers.

Sturgis scored 43 points and finished third in the varsity boys’ division. Belle Fourche placed fourth at 74 points; Spearfish was fifth with 78 points.

Belle Fourche scored 80 points and placed fourth in the varsity girls’ division. Sturgis finished sixth at 100 points, with Spearfish seventh at 105 points and Lead-Deadwood ninth with 153 points.

Custer captured both team titles. 

The girls’ team scored 25 points, and the boys’ squad finished with 36 points.

Hill City’s Abby Cutler claimed the varsity girls’ title. Her time was 19 minutes 32.66 seconds.

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