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More than 160 high school athletes ran in the 2015 West Holt Cross Country Invite on Friday afternoon.
The tough field of competition featured some of the areas top runners from 19 schools: Ord, O'Neill, Ainsworth, Boone Central, Creighton, West Holt, Neligh-Oakdale, North Central, Boyd County, Bloomfield-Wausa, Niobrara-Verdigre, Burwell, CWC, Stuart, Sandhills-Thedford, Twin Loup, St. Edward, Cody Kilgore and Elkhorn Valley.
"Neligh-Oakdale course records fell in 3 of the 4 races at the 46th annual West Holt Invitational," Warrior Coach Rick Eickholt said. "New course records were set by Kasi Grosserode, Emma Bixler and Griffin Claussen. The only race that didn’t see a new course was the boy’s varsity race where senior Austin Miller recorded a time of 19:04, which places him with the 4th fastest time for this course. Only 2 times by Tyler Pederson in 2002 and 2003, along with a 1995 time by David Green, have been run faster."
Medalists for Neligh-Oakdale were: Kasi Grosserode, 8th, and Austin Miller, 17th. Emma Bixler picked up the 8th place medal in the junior high girls division, and Griffin Claussen was 5th for the junior high boys.
"Both of Neligh-Oakdale’s varsity teams were at a disadvantage as neither team was at full strength due to missing key runners," Eickholt said. "Both of the varsity races gave a good measure of where we match for the next 2 weeks and the most important meets of the season, Conference and Districts. Being short-handed, I felt that both groups did a nice job of running hard and trying to fill in the gaps."
N-O Girls: 8th Kasi Grosserode 21:50 (old record 22:39); 29th Jayda Chance 23:41; 41st Alexis Jensen 24:39;
47th Rachel Higgins 25:47; 63rd Brittany McConnell 28:07.
N-O Boys: 17th Austin Miller 19:04; 43rd Cole Belitz 20:21; 81st Ethan Kallhoff 23:26; 84th Jayden Arehart 2
N-O JH Girls (48 runners-1800 meters): 8th Emma Bixler 7:28 and 26th Hailey Bixler 8:31
N-O JH Boys JH (45 runners-1800 meters): 5th Griffin Claussen 6:57 and 29th Garrett Belitz 7:51
Elkhorn Valley's Alison Stineman picked up the second place medal in the junior high girls race.
Complete individual and team results are listed below: