Freeman Academy senior Titus Roesler crosses the finish line in first place at the Region 3B Cross Country Meet in Platte Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 14. Roesler crossed the 5,000-meter winding course well ahead of the rest of the field, finishing in 17:33.00; Bon Homme's Nate Hill was second in 18:16.91.
Roesler's finish helped lead the Freeman Academy/Marion boys to a region team title. The Bearcats finished with 15 teams points thanks to pushes from freshman Tavin Schroeder (third in 18:37.31) and junior Thalen Schroeder (11th in 19:35.41); host school Platte-Geddes finished second in the team standings with 23. The Bearcats, who also include junior Tim Epp and eighth-grader Finley McConniel, will compete as a team at state in Rapid City on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Other local runners advancing to state are as follows:
Freeman Academy sophomore Jada Koerner (third in the region, 21:07.03)
Menno freshman Ashton Massey (11th, 22:08.28)
Menno senior Morgan Edelman (13th, 22:19.09).
Other runners competing at the Region 3B Meet were:
From Freeman Academy/Marion: freshman Sonora Myers (22nd, 23:44.84), senior Kristen Wieman (35th, 26:44.81) and freshman Hadley Luke (37th, 27:03.59)
From Freeman Public: freshman Rylie Gossen (27th, 24:25.06) and eighth-grader Peyton McCune (28th, 24:26.15)
From Menno: freshman Julius Carr (21st, 20:13.56), freshman Isaac Fergen (30th, 21:18.56), Erick Buechler (35th, 21:40.06) and seventh-grader Izayah Ulmer (50th, 23:18.47).