The Dickinson Midgets boys cross country team looks to rebound from its previous meet after not placing first for the first time this season, and they will have to do so without their best runner in Brady Yoder. The team will host their only home meet of the season in the Becki Wells Invitational on Friday morning at the Heart River Golf Course.
Although, Yoder will be sidelined for the next few weeks, head coach Greg Jung thinks his team is ready to perform and run well without him.
Aiden Jung will look to step into a bigger role and pace the Midgets. He is a top ten ranked runner in Class A.
“Aiden has been a great leader for us. It is time for him to step up and be a leader for us since Brady is going to be out,” Greg Jung said.
Yoder has placed first in all three races that the Midgets have ran in this year, but not far behind him Aiden Jung has finished top ten in all three races.
Aiden Jung’s best time of the year is a 16:20:42 in the Billings Invitational.
Dickinson finished in fifth in their last meet at the Anderson Staven at McDowell Dam, ND with 126 points.
Despite their most recent performance, the Midgets have had a strong start to the season which may influence their performance in this Friday’s competition. In their first meet of the season at the Heen/Ihmels Invite, the Midgets placed first overall as with 34 points, defeating Williston which had 48 points and Minot with 97.The Midgets had four runners place in the top 10 with Yoder placing first with a run time of 15:54, Jung in fourth with 17:15, Caleb Hanson placed seventh with 17:21 and Hunter Gregoire placed 10th with 18:10.
Twenty teams will travel to Dickinson to participate in the meet.
“The kids are hungry to run again…” Greg Jung said. “You want to have as much as exposure (to big meets) as you can. We are excited that there are a lot of competitors at the meet, because we think it will help us in October.”
On the girls side, Symone Beld is one of the leaders of a deep Midget team. She has an 11th place, 40th place and 68th place finished in the meets she has ran in this fall. Her best time is a 21:02.7. Beld is looking to top her 13th place finish at the Becki Wells Invitational which was last fall when she ran a 20:32.73.
One of the strengths of the girls team is their depth as they have many runners who are capable of stepping up and finishing very high at any given race.
Macy Leiss and Mattilyn Biel are right on the toes of Beld, and they are looking to perform well at the home meet too.
Peyton Laser finished very strong at the Billings Invitational and Aleigha Villars and Claire Kreidt both have top 30 finished on the year for the Midgets.