Fergus junior varsity cross-country teams finish fourth

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

A large contingent of junior varsity boys are off at last Friday’s Fergus Invitational at Pine Meadows Golf Course. The Fergus boys finished fourth in the JV competition.           

Photos by Doreen Heintz

The junior varsity girls’ race gets underway at Pine Meadows last Friday.  The Fergus girls are in the middle of the pack of runners. A break in the weather allowed runners to compete in a drizzling rain, rather than the 90 degree heat.

At last Friday’s home cross-country meet at Pine Meadows Golf Course, both the Fergus girls’ and boys’ junior varsity teams finished in fourth place.
The girls’ competition was won by Hardin with an almost perfect score of 17. The Hardin girls finished first, second, third, fourth and seventh. A total of 28 Lady Bulldogs competed in the junior varsity race. Hardin is the defending girls’ state champion in Class A cross country.
Manhattan took second place with 134 points, followed by Laurel with 149, Fergus with 189 and Custer County with 209. Belgrade, Billings Skyview, Dawson County, Havre, Park, Ryegate and Sweet Grass County also competed in the girls’ junior varsity competition, but did not have the required five runners to compete for the team title.
The first Fergus girl to cross the finish line was freshman Kacee Gordon. Gordon was the ninth girl to cross the finish line with a time of 24:23 for the 5K course.
Taylor Haugen was the next Fergus girl to cross the finish line. Haugen finished 33rd overall with a time of 27:39.65. Katerina Heiser finished 47th in 29:09.07. Completing the team scoring for the Golden Eagles were Ellie Kuhlman in 48th (29:10) and Alee Sanders in 55th (31:08.68). Other competitors for Fergus were Audra Fry and Bella Martell.
The boys’ JV team title went to Billings Skyview with 26 points. Belgrade finished in second place with 91, followed by Hardin with 106 and Fergus with 114. Other boys’ team scores were Havre 127, Laurel 128, Manhattan 136, Park 318 and Billings Central 434. Other boys’ team competing by not scoring team points were Dawson County, Ryegate, Sweet Grass County, Fromberg and Custer County.
Walker Miller led the Fergus contingent of 14 runners in the JV race. Miller was the 17th runner to cross the finish line. His time over the 5K course was 20:54. Close behind Miller was teammate Warren Pavlovick in 19th place (21:00). The third Golden Eagle to cross the finish line was Scott Sciuchetti in 20th place with a time of 21:06. The other two Golden Eagles who helped with the team scoring were Bradley Vaughn in 21st place (21:06) and Shawn Dinsmore in 37th place (21:56). Other Fergus runners included Cale Nearhoof, 38th, 21:56;  Michael DeGuzman, 41st, 22:08; Trace Henson, 61st, 23:24; Jason Kaufmann, 68th, 23:56; Andrew Snyder, 78th, 24:18; Sean Kuneau, 79th, 24:26; Logan Errecart, 90th, 25:36; Sebastian Battrick, 100th, 32:07; and Noah Wentworth, 101st, 34:43.
Today (Saturday), the Fergus junior varsity squads are competing, along with the varsity and junior high teams, at the Havre Invitational.




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