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Strong finish helps Stone win West crown

TOM STROMME/Tribune Shiloh's Elliott Stone, right, placed first in the Class B boys' X-C with a time of 16:20. In back are Ryan Wheeling, left, and Scott Hale, second and third place finishers, both from New Town.

Sometimes Elliott Stone’s gas tank gets low, but it never runs out.

Saturday, it was that little extra juice in reserve that carried Stone to first place in the West Region Class B boys cross country meet.

Stone, a junior at Shiloh Christian, ran a personal best 16:20 on the flat 5K McDowell Dam course to claim individual honors. He edged out Ryan Wheeling and Scott Hale of New Town for the championship.

“Back in the tree rows with about 400 (meters) to go I started to pull away, and I increased it on the last 200,” Stone said. “I try to finish strong.”

Wheeling and Hale finished 2 and 8 seconds back, respectively, in a tight three-man battle.

Wheeling and Hale led New Town to a runaway victory in the team competition. The Eagles went 2-3-5-6-9 for 25 points. That put them far ahead of runner-up Beulah-Hazen, which scored a 66.

Killdeer sprang an upset in the girls race. The third-ranked Cowboy girls bunched together nicely and outdistanced Shiloh, the state’s top-ranked team, 60-73.

Watford City sophomore Asha Smith sped to a 15:03 in the 4K girls run to beat runner-up Symbria Bell of New Town by more than a half minute.

The trio battling for first place ran way ahead of the rest of the boys field. Fourth-place finisher Jace Ritzke of Shiloh was 75 seconds out of third place in 17:43.

Six New Town runners placed in the top 10 and entered the chute among the first 14.

Stone, the state’s top-rated individual runner in the state coaches’ poll, said only a few yards separated him, Wheeling and Hale throughout the boys race.

“Wheeling and I have been pretty close in several races this year. We didn’t separate until the finish,” Stone said. “I knew I’d have a good kick. I try to finish as strong as I can at the end and it’s worked out.”

Wheeling and Hale were ranked second and fourth, respectively, in the most recent statewide poll.

“I knew Ryan and I would be up there and Scott hung in there, too. They ran great races. We all ran pretty well,” Stone said.

Saturday’s win bodes well for the state meet, scheduled for Valley City in two weeks, according to Stone.

“It tells me I’m still getting better each week and it shows I’m getting used to running big races at the end of the year,” he said. “... This is the best time I’ve ever run and I’ll see if I can get that down at state.”

Wheeling said it’s been common for New Town runners to flock near the front this season.

“In a lot of our team has been in the top 20,” he said. “... We’ve kind of been favorites all year long. We lost three guys from last year’s team.”

New Town is the defending state champion. The Eagles have won seven of the last nine state boys championships.

Killdeer’s second, third and fourth runners made a huge difference in the girls race. Trae Murray placed ninth, Danielle Benz ran 11th and Morgan Lemieux took 12th. Eighth grader Sydney Andersen paced the Cowboys by placing fifth.

“It was our goal to get first today. We’ve got the team to do it,” Andersen said.

Having that victory will make a difference at the state meet, Andersen said.

Shiloh is ranked first, so this is a confidence booster. ... We can do it if we set our minds to it and everyone is on the same track,” she said.

Killdeer hadn’t beaten Shiloh prior to the regional meet.

There was only one senior among the Cowboys’ scorers on Saturday. Three eighth graders and a seventh grader made up the other four.

Smith, the individual girls champion, is a sophomore. Her 15:03 on Saturday is her best race of the season. Her personal best is 14:54, which gave her a runner-up finish in the 2011 state meet.

Coming off her strong eighth-grade performance, Smith had high expectations last season. Instead she experienced a frustrating fall filled with dehydration and other health issues.

She’s healthy again and has enjoyed a good season. She entered Saturday’s race ranked third in the state behind Symbria Bell of New Town and Ashley Neumiller of Carrington.

Bell placed second on Saturday in 15:36.

“I felt good through the whole race,” Smith said. “... After the year I had last year I’m just happy with whatever I can get. I just want to perform to the best of my ability.”

Tightly bunched with Bell at the halfway mark, Smith pulled away in the final 2,000 meters.

“I try to keep getting faster and faster (during the race) and see if I can hold it,” Smith said.

That’s analogous to her season. She’s run faster each of the last two races. Her previous best time was at 15:10 last week at Rugby.

Saturday’s meet had no qualifying ramifications. All schools can enter the state meet with a maximum of 10 runners.

BOYS

Team Scores

1. New Town 25. 2. Beulah-Hazen 66. 3. Bowman County 107. 4. Watford City 131. 5. Shiloh Christian 137. 6. Standing Rock 211. 7. White Shield 237. 8. Killdeer 278. 9. Solen 283. 10. Southern McLean 285.

11. Garrison 292. 12. (tie) Minot Ryan and Stanley, 305. 14. Selfridge 308.

Individual Results

1. Elliott Stone, SC, 16:20 (5K). 2. Ryan Wheeling, NT, 16:22. 3. Scott Hale, NT, 16:28. 4. Jace Ritzke, SC, 17:43. 5. Jalen Chase, NT, 17:50. 6. Chace Hale, NT, 17:53. 7. Calvin Aichele, B-H, 17:53. 8. Jett Hettich, B-H, 18:09. 9. Terrance Steel, NT, 18:11. 10. Daniel LeBeau, NT, 18:18.

11. Cole Messerschmitt, B-H, 18:22. 12. Joe Baker, NT, 18:28. 13. Brian Sitz, B-H, 18:36. 14. Jaiven Hale, NT, 18:39. 15. Alex Bartholomay, BC, 18:41. 16. Braedon Gumke, WC, 18:45. 17. Brenden Harrison, SR, 18:50. 18. Michael Brown, WC, 18:59. 19. Corbin Claymore, SR, 18:59. 20. Cole Osendorf, BC, 19:00.

21. Isiah Hale, NT, 19:04. 22. Andrew Miller, BC, 19:06. 23. Jon Mossett, K, 19:20. 24. Justin Germann, BC, 19:22. 25. Cameron Howlingwolf, WS, 19:23. 26. Tanner Fischer, BC, 19:24. 27. Collin Johnson, B-H, 19:29. 28. Logan Gumke, WC, 19:41. 29. Brayden Miller, BC, 19:45. 30. Aaron Huschka, B-H, 19:57.

31. Zach Kost, SC, 19:59. 32. Adam Becker, B-H, 20:03. 33. David Chavez, BC, 20:14. 34. Osman Leon, WC, 20:15. 35. Dakota Garmann, WC, 20:19. 36. Shelby Everett, G, 20:23. 37. Cole Boysun, SMc, 20:24. 38. Josten Haffner, B-H, 20:25. 39. Dillon Smith, WC, 20:27. 40. Cole McGorman, WC, 20:37.

41. Zack Bristol, Stan, 20:43. 42. Samuel Stretches, Sol, 20:54. 43. Chase Warren, SR, 20:58. 44. Shad Agard, Sel, 21:01. 45. Jack Gillespy, WC, 21:02. 46. Kyle Germann, BC, 21:02. 47. Jonas Dickens, WS, 21:05. 48. Luke Miller, SC, 21:48. 49. Dakota Bowen, WS, 22:02. 50. Mason Merck, MR, 22:22.

51. Fred Fox, WS, 22:23. 52. Kolt GreyCloud, Sol, 22:39. 53. Matthew Kalonick, SC, 22:46. 54. Tucker Johnson, SMc, 22:49. 55. Trevor Alveshere, WC, 23:09. 56. Cody Kirkland, WC, 23:15. 57. Jett GreyCloud, Sol, 23:26. 58. Isaac Perman, G, 23:30. 59. Anthony Vitko, MR, 23:37. 60. Caleb Musick, K, 23:41.

61. Hunter DeFoe, WC, 23:42. 62. T.J. Gumbo, SMc, 23:55. 63. Colby Dukart, K, 24:05. 64. Cameron Erickson, MR, 24:25. 65. Orion Bowen, WS, 25:49.

GIRLS

Team Scores

1. Killdeer 60. 2. Shiloh Christian 73. 3. Beulah-Hazen 100. 4. Surrey 109. 5. Bowman County 133. 6. New Town 163. 7. Southern McLean 169. 8. Stanley 196. 9. Max 257. 10. Watford City 262.

11. Standing Rock 354. 12. White Shield 378. 13. Minot Ryan 379. 14. Garrison 385.

Individual Results

1. Asha Smith, WC, 15:03 (4K). 2. Symbria Bell, NT, 15:36. 3. Amber Stevahn, SC, 15:52. 4. Kaylene Klein, B-H, 16:02. 5. Sydney Andersen, K, 16:09. 6. Kate Fox, SMc, 16:09. 7. Grace Bachmeier, Sur, 16:11. 8. Allison Bearstail, SC, 16:20. 9. Trae Murray, K, 16:37. 10. Abi Waloch, SMc, 16:38.

11. Danielle Benz, K, 16:38. 12. Morgan Lemieux, K, 16:40. 13. Tess Hoherz, B-H, 16:42. 14. Cambree Ferguson, Sur, 16:42. 15. Regan Watson, SC, 16:42. 16. Cassidy Huesers, Max, 16:45. 17. Katie Duttenheifer, B-H, 16:54. 18. Ashlee Edwards, BC, 16:55. 19. Mikayla Bartholomay, BC, 17:00. 20. Rebecca Haller, Sur, 17:00.

21. Cheyenne Jacobson, Max, 17:08. 22. Miriah Forness, SC, 17:08. 23. Shawnee Hansen, K, 17:14. 24. Allison Klein, Sur, 17:15. 25. Billie Jo Bearstail, SC, 17:17. 26. Shambre Feiring, Stan, 17:31. 27. Bayley Rolfe, Stan, 17:38. 28. Erin Walcker, B-H, 17:14. 29. Bailey Smith, K, 17:41. 30. Abigail Bartholomay, BC, 17:41.

31. Lacey Feist, BC, 17:52. 32. Hannah Sorenson, Stan, 17:54. 33. Tyleigh Brady, NT, 17:57. 34. Lauren Forness, SC, 17:59. 35. Cianna Carlson, BC, 18:30. 36. Addison Sundeen, WC, 18:06. 37. Meggie Fischer, BC, 18:07. 38. Dakota Wood, B-H, 18:18. 39. Charlie Bailey, SR, 18:24. 40. Ariana Bell, NT, 18:26.

41. Tienna Johnson, SMc, 18:32. 42. Nessa Iverson, B-H, 18:35. 43. Taylor LeBeau, NT, 18:40. 44. Raquell Lemere, Sur, 18:44. 45. Ceara Little Soldier, NT, 18:51. 46. Arin Morsette, SC, 18:59. 47. Emily Alt, B-H, 19:30. 48. Abby Haugen, SC, 19:05. 49. Sydney Larson, Stan, 19:08. 50. Sheyenne Fox, WS, 19:09.

51. London Lambrecht, SC, 19:09. 52. MaKayla Koski, SMc, 19:14. 53. Rachel Kisse, K, 19:16. 54. Amber Kukla, K, 19:23. 55. Corrie Dobitz, K, 19:25. 56. Haley Stevahn, SC, 19:31. 57. Megan Johnson, G, 19:32. 58. Jurnee Murray, K, 19:36. 59. Abby Wilhelmi, MR, 19:38. 60. Karlie Kershaw, SMc, 19:44.

61. Chelsea Cryer, WC, 19:47. 62. Brook Gunderson, Stan, 19:59. 63. Maddi Bowling, Max, 20:12. 64. Justyce Duffield, BC, 20:38. 65. Marissa Baker, NT, 20:52. 66. Hailey Black, NT, 20:58. 67. Jenna Williams, NT, 21:03. 68. Emery Dobitz, K, 21:07. 69. Kelsi Knutson, B-H, 21:10. 70. Payton Erie, Stan, 21:12.

71. Alena Johnson, Stan, 21:16. 72. Chelsie Deibert, Sur, 21:31. 73. Emily Moran, SR, 21:38. 74. Tatum Leidholt, MR, 21:55. 75. Hope Scheresky, Max, 22:01. 76. Bobbi Hennessy, Stan, 22:06. 77. Angel Calkins, K, 22:42. 78. Marilyn Fox, SR, 23:38. 79. Kathryn Bartholomay, BC, 23:43. 80. Summer Miller, BC, 24:33.

81. Cate Fredericks, K, 26:08.

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