By Kristan Krogman
Six members of the White River cross country team were among the hundreds of competitors at the 2012 State Cross Country Meet, held in Huron, Saturday, October 20.
The Class B girls got things rolling at Broadland Creek Golf Course at 1:00 p.m. Sasha Six Toes, an eighth grader at White River Middle School, represented the Tigers in the girls race. She was the top finisher overall for the Tigers, placing 47th. She covered the 4,000 meter course (2.49 miles) in 17:59.18.
Genevieve Clark a freshman from Gayville-Volin took first with a 15:44.98, after placing 6th last year. Ipswich won the team title with an impressive team total of 9 points (individual top three places of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th).
The boys Class B race followed an hour later with the Tigers fielding a complete five man team. Mat Beardt paced the Tigers, crossing the finish in 19:57.61, 63rd. The top three Tigers finished in a close pack, with just seconds separating them. Placing 66th was Justin Prue who ran the 5,000 meter course (3.11 miles) in 20:00.76. Tomas Martinez was 68th with a time of 20.04.86. Pushers James Leader Charge and Lucas Beardt finished with times of 20:38.06 and 21:00.86, respectively. They were 90th and 94th. The boys came in 15th in the team competition. With two juniors, two freshmen, and a sophomore competing, the Tigers expect to build on this year’s successes with a good season next year.
Senior Duane Jongeling of Parker repeated as Class B State Champion, taking first with a 16:13.51. Jongeling helped propel Parker to the team championship as well with a team total of 19 points (1st, 5th, and 13th).