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Two words that could best describe the first cross country meet of the season: "hot" and "hilly." But the Warriors would also have to add the word "successful" to sum up Thursday's race at the Niobrara State Park.
The high school girls team brought home five medals - Kasi Grosserode, 3rd; Jayda Chance, 9th; Alexis Jensen, 16th; Courtni Heckert, 17th; and Rachel Higgins, 18th.
Senior Austin Miller was the lone medalist for the boys team with a 16th place finish.
Junior high runners placing in the top 10 were Emma Bixler, 6th, and Griffin Claussen, 9th.
As temperatures soared over 90 degrees, about 150 runners from 11 schools completed the tough course. Steps were taken to keep the competitors hydrated and cool at the finish line, awaiting them were tanks of cold water, water-soaked towels, and popsicles. EMTs were also on hand in case of an emergency.
Neligh-Oakdale's next cross country competition is set for Thursday, Sept. 10, at the golf course south of Butte.