Lynx runners excel to victory on home course

By: 
Jill Meier, Journal editor
Jill Meier/BV Journal 
BV junior Jeremiah Donahoe leads a pack of runners through the McHardy Park course. Donahoe’s race time of 18:16 earned him third place.
It’s hard to beat the Lynx on their home course, the always-challenging route across the hilly terrain of Brandon’s McHardy Park, and last week’s home five-team meet was no exception.
 
Both of Brandon Valley’s varsity teams ran to first-place finishes, while the Lynx underclassmen programs also turned in winning performances.
 
The Lynx boys were once again led on the course by senior Britton Elkin, who carved out a 16:50 run for first place. A trio of juniors followed his lead. Jeremiah Donahoe scored a third-place finish behind his 18:16 run, Riley Peyton was sixth, turning in a time of 18:47, and Cole Borchardt’s 18:54 time landed him in seventh place. Senior Tyler Groen (19:40), junior Dakota Dutson (19:49) and senior Aaron House (20:28) placed in the top 20. Groen was 15th, Dutson was 18th, and House claimed 20th.
 
Although runners from five schools competed, the Lady Lynx and Brookings were the only two programs to field full squads. BV was the clear winner, dismantling Brookings 15-49, claiming seven of the top 10 places. Guided by freshman Mia Wentzy, who stepped across the finish line in 19:59 for first, the next four places also went to the Lynx. Freshman Gracyn Gruber (second, 20:33) was followed by eighth-grader Sarah VanDeBerg (third, 20:50), seventh-grader Addison Scholten (fourth, 21:12) and freshman Haley Bergan (fifth, 21:18). Kylie Foss and Katie Wentzy round out the top 10 placings won by the Lynx. Foss raced to a seventh-place finish behind her 21:24 run, while Katie Wentzy clocked in at 22:09 for ninth. Both Chantel Bickler and Natalie Moose were steps behind.
 
BV’s junior varsity boys, and the middle school girls won their respective divisions. Camden Coughlin was third in the JV boy’s race behind his 15:19 run for third place, while the Lady Lynx JV was led by Lillian Sprecher’s first-place run of 17:51. Eli Woidyla was the second runner to cross the finish line in the boy’s middle school race, and Lillian Rude captured first in the girl’s middle school competition. She turned in a time of 14:16.
The Lynx will compete for a second consecutive week on their home course Saturday when they host the multi-team Lynx Invite, which steps off at 9 a.m. at McHardy Park.
 
Team points: 1.) Brandon Valley 32; 2.) Yankton 47; 3.) Brookings 62; 4.) Huron 96; 5.) Mitchell 111.
Varsity Lynx boy’s results: 1.) Britton Elkin 16:50; 3.) Jeremiah Donahoe 18:16; 6.) Riley Peyton 18:47; 7.) Cole Borchardt 18:54; 15.) Tyler Groen 19:40; 18.) Dakota Dutson 19:49; 20.) Aaron House 20:08; 22.) Dustin Groen 20:22; 23.) Gabe Anthony 20:29.
 
Team points: 1.) Brandon Valley 15; 2.) Brookings 49. 
Varsity Lady Lynx results: 1.) Mia Wentzy 19:59; 2.) Gracyn Gruber 20:33; 3.) Sarah VanDeBerg 20:50; 4.) Addison Scholten 21:12; 5.) Haley Bergan 21:18; 7.) Kylie Foss 21:24; 9.) Katie Wentzy 22:09; 12.) Chantel Bickler 22:22; 14.) Natalie Moose 22:32. 
 
Team points: 1.) Brandon Valley 29; 2.) Brookings 42; 3.) Yankton 61.
JV Lynx boy’s results: 3.) Camden Coughlin 15:19; 4.) Paul Kern 15:29; 5.) Jakson Santi 15:37; 8.) Mikah Peters 16:10; 10.) Colton Padgett 16:24; 12.) Trey Bergan 16;38; 13.) Isaac Anderson 16:41; 14.) Tate Roberts 16:42; 16.) Brian Schneider 16:49; 17.) Josh Lee 16:57; 21.) Michael Leidholt 17:20; 23.) Shawn Harris 17:37; 25.) Alex Kauffman 17:41; 26.) Kurtis MacArthur 17:55; 27.) Ryan Presler 18:03; 31.) Isaac Copple 19:04; 33.) Ben Barr 19:34; 35.) Saddler Elkin 19:54; 37.) Matthew Beck 20:24; 38.) Isaiah Ehii 21:22; 41.) Dane Petersen 23:24; 42.) Rylan Roberts 23:25.
 
Team points: 1.) Yankton 28; 2.) Brookings 29.
JV Lady Lynx results: 1.) Lillian Sprecher 17:51; 6.) Madison Pederson 18:38; 11.) Rachael Spencer 19:45; 10.) Morgan Beck 24:56.
 
Team points: 1.) Yankton 26; 2.) Brandon Valley 29.
BVMS Lynx boy’s results: 2.) Eli Woidyla 13:04; 3.) Logan Brakke 13:08; 7.) Elias Michailidis 14:08; 8.) Ryley McKeown 14:15; 9.) Archer Johnson 14:18; 11.) Brayden Heronimus 14:24; 12.) Vandon Engeltes 14:49; 13.) Ethan Fousek 14:56; 14.) Lander Elkin 14:57; 16.) Kaedan Siemonsma 15:00; 17.) Emanuel Siemonsma 15:23; 18.) Joey Tille 15:35; 19.) Camron Bilous 15:54; 19.) Jacob Fiscus 15:54; 21.) Logan Magnus 15:55; 22.) Blake Engelsman 15:57; 22.) Dante Tooley 15:57; 25.) Cael Weber 20:10; 26.) Kaesy Friemuth 24:30.
 
Team points: 1.) Brandon Valley 15.
BVMS Lady Lynx results: 1.) Lillian Rude 14:16; 2.) Maggie Rekers 15:08; 3.) Madeline Plumbtree 15:08; 4.) Cadence Frietag 15:23; 5.) Joria Olson 15:38; 6.) Kaelynn Kranzler 15:53; 7.) Melanie Tsymbalist 16:06; 8.) Lillian Dirksen 16:07; 9.) AshLynn Shotkiski 17:13; 11.) Mia Schmidt 17:17; 12.) Brianna DeBlieck 17:18; 13.) McKenzie Gjoraas 17:20; 14.) McKenzie Ehli 17:37; 15.) Zurie Petersen 18:22; 16.) Malaysia Tweet 19:21; 17.) Elizabeth Hoffman 19:39; 18.) Alexander Klepsteen 24:46; 19.) Adah Peters 27:14.
 

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