Chadron girls run away with season opener | Sports
With five runners placed in the top 20 out of 59 entries, the girls from Chadron High won the Panhandle Classic hosted by Scottsbluff last Thursday as the 2021 cross country season began.
The Lady Cardinals finished with 24 points while Sidney was the finalist with 30, followed by Scottsbluff 51, Gering 93, Hemingford 102, Mitchell 112, Bridgeport 115, Morrill 121, Alliance 139 and Bayard 151.
Chadron was led by junior Makinley Fuller, who was third in 21 minutes, 22.42 seconds. Sophomore Grace Pyle was fifth on Coach Willie Uhing’s team in 21: 44.66, followed by Emma Witte, seventh in 22: 14.66, Micaiah Fuller, 17th, 23: 12.24 and Leila Tewahade , 20th, 23.18.74.
Aliyah Mills has proven the Cardinals have some depth, placing 26th in 23: 39.70.
The classic was won by rookie Mullen Peyton Paxton in 20: 38.84, followed by sophomore Sidney Talissa Tanquary in 20: 48.99. Another Sidney entry, Lydia Peters, was fourth between Makinley Fuller and Grace Pyle in 21: 34.43.
Crawford senior Paityn Holman ran well, finishing 14th in 22: 52.67. Hemingford sophomore Carlye Kresl finished 15th, just two seconds behind Holman.
Sidney won the boys’ title with 18 points, well ahead of second Gering at 35. Scottsbluff was third at 54, just two points behind Chadron’s fourth total. Bayard, 116; Alliance, 125; Leyton, 129; Hemingford, 135; and Kimball, 144, followed.