Cross Country: Spencer boys 3rd at ELC

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Spencer's Ryan Bauermeister keeps pace with Spirit Lake's Will Norris early in the race Tuesday night in Estherville at the ELC Invite. Norris would win, with Bauermeister second, for the third time in as many meets this year. The Tigers were third in team points. (Photo by Ryan Christoffel)

The Spencer boys cross country team finished third on Tuesday at the ELC Invite behind Algona (58) and Spirit Lake (61) and placed three runners in the top 10 for the first time this season. Spirit Lake's Will Norris won the race in 16:29.

Junior Ryan Bauermeister took home his third second-place finish of the season (17:07), all runner-ups to Norris, as Matt Behrens also turned in another top-10 finish in ninth place (18:28). Junior Levi Gilmore finished on the heels of Behrens for his first top-10 finish of the season with a time of 18:29. The Tigers finished with 73 team points, 12 behind Spirit Lake.

"We made some ground on Spirit Lake but we have a lot of work to do yet," Spencer boys coach Jared Davis said. "Ryan (Bauermeister) and Matt (Behrens) ran consistent again. Their dedication in the offseason has really paid off. Levi Gilmore had an outstanding meet and we look for him to continue to improve from meet to meet. We did improve as a group from last week, however we need to start packing our 3-7 runners and working together to move up in the pack."

Tanner Viedenkamp finished 23rd in 19:30 and Jake Krei was 29th in 20:00.

Okoboji's Joe Hilsabeck (17:53) finished third behind Norris and Bauermeister as the Pioneers finished in fifth place as a team.

The Tigers will run next Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Storm Lake, and Okoboji will run this Saturday morning at the Ridge View Invite in Holstein.

ELC INVITE - SEPT. 4

BOYS TEAM SCORES

Algona58
Spirit Lake61
Spencer73
Humboldt96
Okoboji109
Bishop Garrigan128
Emmetsburg232
ELCINC
Laurens-MarathonINC
Pocahontas AreaINC
WINNER: Will Norris, Spirit Lake16:29

SPENCER BOYS VARSITY

2. Ryan Bauermeister17:07
9. Matt Behrens18:28
10. Levi Gilmore18:29
23. Tanner Viedenkamp19:30
29. Jacob Krei20:00
34. Andrew Noah20:24
39. Nick Gross20:37

OKOBOJI BOYS VARSITY

3. Joe Hilsabeck17:53
15. Chris Albright18:43
21. Ryan Chindlund19:24
33. Ben Meyer20:22
37. Jason Feather20:35
41. Brady Jones20:37
43. Cameron Arnold21:48
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