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Midgets claim top spots at meet

FNS Photo by John M. Steiner Dickinson junior Jackson Binstock, front, leads the pack of runners during the Jamestown Invitational on Saturday at Jamestown Country Club.

JAMESTOWN -- Dickinson High's new cross country head coach Brittany Messer couldn't have been happier with how her team performed in Jamestown on Saturday.

The Midgets placed first overall on the girl's side and placed fourth overall on the boy's side.

"Our kids stepped up and competed really well for the first week," Messer said. "Even going in, I told them it's the first meet, just concentrate on going out there and giving it your best effort and they definitely did that."

For the girls, the Midgets placed five runners in the top 20 with senior Shannon Stockert finishing first with a 16 minutes, 9 seconds, followed closely by junior Emily Tyrell in 16:16.

Messer said Stockert and Tyrell were close the entire race, but Stockert got the edge on her in the last leg of the race.

Finishing fourth was Elizabeth Yoder and Kelli Pavlicek and Milla George at 16th and 17th respectively.

Only two Dickinson boys placed in the top 20 with Jackson Binstock finishing first in 16:48 and Collin Schock at 17th. Collin Bren, Kyle Wegner and Bronson Lewis finished one after the other in the 32nd, 33rd and 34th spots, respectively.

Messer said a few freshmen ran in the varsity races today for the girls and boys. While all the girls ran varsity, freshmen Jacob Ellerlamp (49th), Alex Anderson (53rd) and Christopher Dean (69th) stepped up and decided to run varsity alongside the upperclassmen for the boys. While running at the varsity level for the first time can be intimidating, the juniors and seniors helped make the transition for the underclassmen a little easier.

"We have some good underclassmen but our juniors and seniors are doing a good job of leading," Messer said. "We got great leadership on this team that's pulling those kids along. The kids really stepped up and competed and I was really proud of the upperclassmen helping the sophomores and freshman out."

With the Midget's not competing until their home invitational on Sept. 7 at the Heart River Golf Course, Messer is taking this week to prepare and maintain the team's endurance and drive.

"We don't have a meet this upcoming weekend so we are just going to practice and train hard and take this meet and build from that," Messer said.