Tough Meet at McDowell Dam

Local Cross-Country Runners Do Well at Region, Ready for State Meet

By Logan J. Davis

The New Town Eagles boy’s team placed second in the West Region cross country meet as they get ready for state this weekend. The Eagles top placer was Colt Spotted Bear who had terrific battle with a very good runner in Beulah’s senior stalwart Ian Busche. Spotted Bear and Busche were tight as Busche stayed on the New Town junior’s heels. Then Busche made his move about 2/3 of the way and moved ahead of Spotted Bear and kept several strides in front and held on to the end. Spotted Bear’s time was 16:22.03 and Busche came in just ahead at 16:08.02. 

Also running well for the Eagles was Xavier Bell who came in 8th. Ben Dubois placed 10th, Lander Lahtinen came in 15th, Phoenix White was 17th, and Lucas Spotted Bear was in the top 20 with a 19th place finish. 

The Lady Eagles placed 5th as a team in meet and once again Emma Wheeling was outstanding with a 6th place finish for New Town. Brooklyn Driver took 24th and Eva Knight placed 30th and Xaria Bell came in 47th. Lanelle Mongram came in 52nd and Roberta Chapin placed 53rd for the Lady Eagles and finishing the course was Hanaka Mochizuki for New Town. 

For Parshall, the lone placer for the Lady Braves was Alyssa Haakenson who placed 41st. 

Xaria Bell slices between two runners in her push to move up in the long line of runners at West Region in Bismarck
Eva Knight of the New Town Eagles was able to sprint just ahead of her Trenton challenger for 30th place at West Region
Hanaka Mochizuki of New Town ran her 5k with determination and grit at West Region in Bismarck
Alyssa Haakenson of Parshall fought hard in her bid to do her best in Bismarck at the West Region meet
A few of the New Town runners set themselves for the start of the grueling 5K run at McDowell Dam Course at West Region in Bismarck
This White Shield runner helped lead the Warriors to a 12th place team finish at the region meet
Colt Spotted Bear of New Town led most of the way until his Beulah nemesis surged past him at the finish to claim the championship