Schuyler sending 3 to state cross country
OMAHA — The Schuyler Central High School boys cross country team continued its run of success by qualifying three members for Friday’s Class B state meet in Kearney.
Cristobal Gonzalez was the Warriors’ top finisher Oct. 12 during the B-2 district meet in Elkhorn. He took eighth in the boys 5-kilometer race with a personal-best time of 17 minutes, 23 seconds.
“This was better than a 30-second improvement over his previous best time,” Schuyler head coach Rick Carter noted. “It was one of the fastest times ever recorded by one of my runners at Schuyler Central.”
Miguel Carrasco and Nesrudin Yusuf also finished in the top 15 individually to join Gonzalez at the state meet. Carrasco was 14th in 17:34 and Yusuf finished two seconds behind in 15th place to snag the final state-qualifying spot.
“It was a great day for the boys. I am extremely pleased with how well they ran. I knew it was possible for all three to qualify for state if they ran really well,” Carter said. “They really came through and had the overall best performance of the year. It was really nice to see the hard work they put in this season pay off.”
The Warrior boys were fourth in the team standings with 73 points. Elkhorn swept the team titles as the Antler boys scored 32 points and the girls scored 15 points.
The Schuyler girls failed to qualify any runners for state and did not have enough competing for a team score.
Edith Oliden, a state track qualifier in the 1,600-meter run last spring, finished a strong season at the district meet.
“Edith has a good chance of making it to state next year if she keeps working hard,” Carter said.
South Sioux City’s Zekariya Abdela won the boys race in 16:24 and Elkhorn South’s Ally Schilmoeller took the girls title in 19:25.
The Class B boys state meet is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Kearney Country Club.