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Herrboldt, Edelman qualify for South Dakota State Cross-Country meet

Hutchinson Herald of Menno, South Dakota

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A pair of seventh-graders from Menno Public School will represent the Wolves at the 2015 South Dakota State Cross-Country Meet in Sioux Falls this weekend after an impressive performance at the Region 3B Cross-Country at Valley View Golf Course in Freeman Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 14.

Morgan Edelman made her mark on the season when she took first place at the Region 3B meet, posting a time of 21:32.97. She outpaced a field of 36 runners, besting the second-place finisher, Kini Po Hart of Marty, by almost 25 seconds. Edelman has made a habit of performing well at meets this year, having also won the Cornbelt Conference Cross-Country Meet in Freeman earlier this year in what was her very first varsity meet.

"It was amazing, and I've been just so happy and proud of her all year long," said Cindee Evenson, crosscountry coach for Menno High School. "She's just done a wonderful job...I wasn't completely surprised, because I didn't know of anyone off-hand that could beat her."

Joining Edelman at the state crosscountry meet will be fellow seventh-grader Carly Herrboldt, who finished 14th in the field with a time of 22:58.91.

"In some JV races they were coming in one and two, so basically they were both at the top of each of their JV races," Evenson said. "Both of them are really good runners and also very coachable."

The top 20 finishers at each region meet qualify for the state cross-country meet. Herrboldt and Edelman will run at the state cross-country meet Saturday, Oct. 24 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls. The race is expected to begin at 1 p.m.

Evenson has been prepping the pair for the weekend meet by running a practice at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls.

"We're going to run the course so they have some idea of what to expect," Evenson said.

While the region times of Edelman and Herrboldt are below the top qualifying times going into state, Evenson said she told her runners to not worry about numbers. Many intangibles can contribute to a strong performance.

"We looked at the region times and if you compare just the times neither of them would be in medal contention," Evensen said. "But I told them that has absolutely nothing to do with how they can perform."

Three other girls from Menno Public School also participated in the region meet. Eisley Sayler, a freshman, took 30th place with a time of 27:23.27. She was followed by Lindsey Grassmid, a senior, who took 33rd with a time of 28:01.83 and Alicia Grassmid, a junior, who took 33rd with a time of 28:09.04.

On the boys' side, freshman Logan Klaudt was the highest finisher for Menno. He came in 25th place with a time of 20:30.03. Joe Grassmid placed 26th with a time of 20:31.90 and Brady Fergen, a seventh-grader, took 45th with a time 24:09.74.

Evenson also praised the boys on the cross-country team, despite members of the team falling short of qualifying for state. While they will prepare for greater success next eyar, Evenson said Edelman and Herrboldt's run at state is a good way to cap off the season.

"They both have had very successful seasons, and to be successful at the varsity level as a seventh-grader is really remarkable," Evenson said.

The top finisher for the boys was

Thaniel Schroeder, a freshman from Freeman Academy, with a time of 17:45 90. The boys race sported a field of 49 runners.

In team performances, the Freeman High School girls took top honors with a total time of 1:07:12.42. They were followed by Hanson with a total time of 1:08:25.10, Platte-Geddes with a time of 1:90:48.46, Menno with a time of 1:11:55.15, Scotland with a time of 1:13:34.29 and Avon with a time of 1:20:20.11.

For the boys, Freeman Academy took first with a total time of 54:26.33. They were followed by Gregory with a time of 56:26.09, Platte-Geddes with a time of 56:59.20, Marty with a time of 1:00:09.11, Mitchell Christian with a time of 59:51.90, Hanson with a total time of 1:00:16.40, Burke/South Central with a time of 1:01:27.07, Scotland with a time of 1:01:33.08, Marion with a time of 1:04:27.76 and Menno with a time of 1:05:11.67.

Watch next week's Hutchinson Herald for more on the Edelman and Herrboldt's performance at the state crosscountry meet.

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Original Publication Date: October 22, 2015

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