JEWELL — A light rain and mist made for progressively treacherous footing at Thursday’s South Hamilton Invitational.
Gilbert won the girls meet with 65 points, with Panorama second at 81 and AC/GC third at 100. Gilbert’s 33 points won the boys side, with South Hamilton (77) second and Madrid (113) third. Panorama and BCLUW each had 268 points, but the sixth Panther runner was 74th and the sixth Comet runner 85th, giving Panorama 10th place in the 13-team field.
AC/GC’s Kate Crawford won the girls race in 19 minutes, 36 seconds, but Panorama’s Ella Waddle was only 18 seconds behind (19:54) in second place. She set a new school course record in the process, erasing Brianna Hoffman’s 2015 mark of 20:55.
Gwen Steffen was 10th for Panorama in 21:25, Hoffman 12th in 21:35, Olivia Steffen in 22:10 and Lydia Lindstrom 39th in 23:20. Lindstrom, who had not competed in nearly a month, cut nearly one minute of her previous best time on the course.
Sean McDermott of Madrid (16:24) and Rees Tyler of Gilbert (16:34) claimed the top two boys spots, with the first Panther Josh Carstens, who crossed 24th in 18:02.
Danny Nordquist (55th, 19:07), Levi Richey (57th, 19:09), Kaleb Randel (64th, 19:23) and Sam Webster (68th, 19:41) also scored for the Panthers. Emry Colby (74th, 20:05) and Noah Kirtley (75th, 20:08) completed the varsity seven.
Gilbert won the junior varsity girls race with 34 points, with Panorama second at 47.
Bryn Steffen (3rd, 24:23), Shey Storesund (6th, 24:33), Molly Simmons (11th, 25:02), Taylor Rishel (12th, 25:08) and Abby Cobb (15th, 25:16) scored for the Panthers. Also running were Jaelyn Waddle (17th, 25:59), Emily Smith (21st, 26:42), Maddie Knapp (27:54) and Maisie Knapp (28:49).
Gilbert won the boys JV meet with a perfect score of 15. Roland-Story was second with 73 points, with Panorama 10th of 11 at 264.
Erik Olsen (18th, 20:31), Lucas Wasson (40th, 21:38), Logan Christe (67th, 23:55), Paul Hansen (68th, 23:56) and Drew Hafner (70th, 24:50) produced the team score, with Brady Howard (74th, 35:00) also in action.
Head coach Greg Thompson praised the depth of the girls team and noted Devyn Kemble had been kept out of the varsity race in order to rest the senior, as both the conference and state qualifying meets are coming soon on the schedule.
Thompson also praised the efforts of Panther boys harriers Richey, Wasson and Howard, noting all had shown “big improvements over previous races.” He also expressed his hope that the Panther boys were improving enough to have a shot at qualifying for the state meet.
South Hamilton had 57 points to win the nine-team junior high race, with Panorama fifth with 162 points.
Payton Beckman (2nd, 13:41), Laci Rishel (4th, 14:11), Grace Webner (18th, 15:17), Carley Van Gundy (46th, 17:10) and Ella Knapp (50th, 17:37) scored, with Abbi Holloway (55th, 19:02) also running.
The boys junior high race was won by East Marshall with 69 points, with Panorama eighth in the 10-team event with 196 points.
Kevin Cogil was 11th, in 13:01, breaking Ben Young’s 2015 school record for the course (13:22). Avery Norman (41st, 14:55), Alec Mills (43rd, 15:03), Jordan Wehmeyer (46th, 15:16) and Ethan Olsen (55th, 15:51) completed the list of Panther runners.
Panorama will host the WCAC meet Thursday at the Lake Panorama Par 3 Golf Course.