Sioux Falls -- Belle Fourche’s Sawyer Clarkson out-distanced the field by 40 seconds to win the individual title in a 5,000-meter time of 15:27.13 in the Class A competition of the South Dakota State Cross Country Meet in Sioux Falls Saturday. Sioux Falls Christian won the team title, followed in the top-five by Custer, Milbank, Belle Fourche and Hill City.
Vermillion finished sixth as a team, led by sophomore Joel Dahloff in 29th place (17:35.58), junior Jack Freeburg in 31st (17:47.09), sophomore Jacob Chasing Hawk in 36th (17:57.68) and junior Emery Bohnsack in 52nd (18:23.93).
In other area boys’ top-25 finishes, Ethan-Parkston sophomore Evan Bartelt took 10th place (17:00.04), Beresford sophomore Andrew Atwood was 12th (17:01.66) and Beresford junior Cameron Wells was 22nd (17:22.86).
On the girls’ side in Class A, Vermillion sophomore Taeli Barta was 11th overall (19:22.95), followed by teammates eighth-grader Callie Radigan in 20th (19:44.11) and eighth-grader Lydia Anderson in 24th (19:51.95).
Sioux Falls Christian’s Ellie Maddox was the individual champion in a time of 18:44.83. Custer won the team title, followed in the top-five by Chamberlain, Sioux Falls Christian, Red Cloud and Hill City. Vermillion finished three points behind for sixth place.