Tanagers Start

The Vermillion Tanagers take off during the varsity boys' race of the Yankton Invitational cross country meet, Thursday at Yankton's Fox Run Golf Course.

The Tanager cross country team ran at the Yankton Invitational last Thursday at the Fox Run Golf Course.

Two Tanagers finished in the top 4 in the boys’ varsity race against teams from Class AA and Nebraska.

Junior Riley Ruhaak earned the bronze at the Invitational and was the top runner from Vermillion. Ruhaak crossed the finish at 17:10.71.

“I think the Yankton meet we just had, went great for us,” said junior Jakob Dobney.

Dobney raced to fourth in a time of 17:20.87.

Freshman Jack Freeburg finished 21st in 17:49.53. Eighth-grader Henry Anderson finished the race in 18:59.87 (28th). Senior Nate Bohnsack finished in 19:15.12 (32nd), and freshman Eric Zephier in 19:59.91 (34th).

“Racing against double-A schools gives us a nice perspective on how we stack up against very good runners and teams,” said Dobney. “But I think our team knows we have to give it our all every meet—whether we’re racing against any school, small or big—to be successful come postseason.”

The Tanagers had one final meet in Lennox this Thursday to finish the regular season.

“Our team knows how we stack up against other schools in the state, especially in our conference,” said Dobney. “I think we all know that before the postseason comes, we need to use this last meet to improve and get where we want to be before conference comes around.”

Vermillion will race at the Dak XII Conference Meet Thursday in Sioux Falls at 4 p.m.

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