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Oct 19, 2022 (0)

O'Neill Eagle state qualifiers - The lady Eagle Cross Country qualified these ladies for the state tournament in Kearney. Pictured are: Yoselin Cayax, Nahomi Sunum, Hailey Romesser, Taya Dickau, Mollie Corkle, and Ashley Dickau.

The O'Neill Eagles finished their regular season at the Mid-States Conference meet, hosted by Wayne.  Eight teams competed in the conference meet.

The boys' team started the meet. The varsity team placed sixth. Trevor Alder medaled with a 15th place finish. Competing in the varsity division were Kullen Cartella 19th, Elijah Kopecky 31st, Gus Laible 35th, Logan Bradshaw 39th, and Tomas Arciniego 40th. In the junior varsity division runners were Brandon Romero 10th, Kyler Dean 12th, Tyler Diediker 16th, Eden Calvo 17th, Carter Hickey 18th, Caleb Laursen 20th, Brayden Romesser 22nd, Isaac Sunum 27th, Ashten Burival 28th, and Grant Dusatko 30th. 

The girls team placed third overall. Freshman Taya Dickau placed third overall earning a medal. Junior Ashley Dickau placed 13th placing in the top fifteen, medaling. The rest of the varsity team were Yoselin Cayax 21st, Nahomi Sunum 24th, Mollie Corkle 26th, and Hailey Romesser 27th. Junior varsity runners were Giovanna Aguilar seventh, Cyrise Brown 10th, Paola Vergara 12th, and Kassy Espinoza 13th.

The O'Neill Eagles ran at the C-3 District meet this past Thursday.  The meet was hosted by Pierce. Twelve schools competed to try to earn the right to compete next Friday, October 21st, at the NSAA Cross Country State Championships, held in Kearney.

The O'Neill Boys Team ran the first race.  The Eagle Boys placed eighth out of 12 schools. Trevor Alder fell one place short of qualifying for the state meet.  The top 15 individuals qualify for the state meet and Trevor placed 16th. Competing for the Eagles were Kullen Cartella who placed 26th, Elijah Kopecky 41st, Gus Laible 50th, Tomas Arciniego 56th, and Logan Bradshaw 57th.

“Even though we fell short of qualifying an individual or team the boys ran hard, and I am proud of their efforts,” said Coach Hilker.

The girls ran last and finished third overall, qualifying them for the NSAA Championships.  Leading the way were the Dickaus. Taya Dickau placed fourth and Ashley Dickau sixth. Yoselin Cayax 24th, Mollie Corkle 31st, Nahomi Sunum 32nd and Hailey Romesser 34th.

“We knew that it would be hard to beat Wayne who won the district meet, but the next two places were up in the air who was going to qualify. Our girls showed grit. I am proud of all of them on how they represented not only themselves but our school, and the Eagle Cross Country Program,” said Coach Hilker.

This week the  O'Neill Girls Cross Country program will compete at the NSAA Cross Country State Championships on Friday, Oct. 21. The Class C girls' race will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Kearney Country Club.

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