JAMESTOWN - Ranked No.1 in the state through much of a dominant 2018 cross country campaign, Dickinson High sophomore Brady Yoder won every single meet he competed in leading up to state this year, including the West Region meet on Oct. 13
With a time of 15 minutes and 48.8 seconds, Yoder came three seconds shy of a perfect season, earning second place at the Class A Boys State Cross Country Meet on Saturday, Oct. 27, from the Parkhurst Recreation Area. Bismarck High sophomore Sean Korsmo captured the top prize, finishing the 5K just ahead of Yoder in 15:45.42.
Yoder is the first Midgets runner to earn runner-up at state since Jackson Binstock in 2014.
The Dickinson boys team is still in search of its first state champion since Tim Wheeler in 1977. Allison Pritchard won the program’s lastindividual state crown in 2001, aiding in a string of three straight titles for the girls team.
Dickinson junior Aiden Jung was three seconds from the top-10, earning 11th and All-State honors following his time of 16:26.88.
With a score of 285, the Midgets finished 10th place in the boys team standings while Williston won the state title, tallying 58 points.
On the girls side, the Midgets were led by sophomore Symone Beld, crossing the finish line in 20:31.44, good for 44th place. Junior Aleigha Villars wasn’t too far behind, taking the 52nd position with a time of 20:45.10. The team finished 14th overall with a team score of 341. Placing five girls in the top 23 spots, Fargo Davies won the state title with a team score of 66.
In the Class B races, Bowman County teams were strong, as the boys took third overall with a score of 196, 149 points behind champion New Town. The girls earned fourth with a mark of 218, 116 points in the rear of champion Hillsboro-Central Valley.
Following his time of 17:22.24, Bulldogs sophomore Brian Miller earned him 19th, claiming a spot on the All-State team. Junior Camden Wokal also ran a mark below 18 minutes, taking 28th with a time of 17:54.81.
On the girls side, junior Alexius Miller became an All-State performer, sneaking into a 20th-place finish with a time of 20:30.29. Three positions behind Miller is seventh-grader Kenley Bowman, who completed the race in 20:55.08 while eighth-grader Paysha Rex was 37th with a time of 21:15.96.
Several area standouts ended their season with solid performances. With a time of 21:11.55, Killdeer eighth-grader Danielle Dobitz led the girls program to a 23rd-place finish in the girls standings.
Her Cowboys boys counterparts were carried by freshmen runners Jace Anderson and Owen Dutenhefner. Anderson was 21st, completing the course with a time of 17:23.09, while Dutenhefner was right in his tracks, taking 22nd at 17:32.66. The two boys helped Killdeer take ninth in the team standings.
Holding the fastest time among area runners, Beulah-Hazen freshman Ian Busche finished 16th with a time of 17:16.49, aiding his team to 11th place overall. Fellow Beulah-Hazen freshman Shenise Klein was the top runner for her team, crossing the finish line in 42nd place with a time of 21:30.67. The girls team took home ninth place.