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Halstead Boys Reclaim 3A State Cross Country Title

Posted 11/2/2017

By Jared JanzenHALSTEAD cross country shows off its first-place state trophy. Picture are (front row, left to right): Neil Owens, Peyton Carr, Dakota Blaylock, (middle row): R.J. Stovall, Josh Talbott, Isaac Radke, Hayden Davis, Gage Carr, Anthony Floro, (back row): head coach Curtis Vermillion, Andrew O’Brien and assistant coach Donovan Regehr.HALSTEAD cross country shows off its first-place state trophy. Picture are (front row, left to right): Neil Owens, Peyton Carr, Dakota Blaylock, (middle row): R.J. Stovall, Josh Talbott, Isaac Radke, Hayden Davis, Gage Carr, Anthony Floro, (back row): head coach Curtis Vermillion, Andrew O’Brien and assistant coach Donovan Regehr.

HALSTEAD—For the third time in the past four years, the Halstead boys cross country team is the 3A state champion.

“It was the finish we had hoped for and had been working toward all year,” head coach Curtis Vermillion said.

Halstead narrowly won the title over Richmond-Central Heights by two points.

After Halstead and Richmond-Central Heights each had their top four runners finish, Richmond-Central Heights was winning, but Halstead’s No. 5, 6 and 7 runners were able to finish before their No. 5 runner, which bumped that runner’s placement up several points.

“The victory at Rim Rock this year really embodied the expression that every point counts,” Vermillion said, adding that it was an amazing team effort on Halstead’s part.

The win reasserts Halstead’s dominance in cross country after the team won state titles in 2014 and 2015 but took second place last year. Vermillion said last season’s heartbreaking shortfall at state made this year’s accomplishment even more enjoyable.

“What might be most impressive is the fact that we had graduated our top three runners from last season, yet had guys who were willing and committed to step up and leave their own mark on the program this year,” he said.

Halstead’s top five runners at state last year averaged 17:49 with a 0.59 second span between them. This year, Halstead’s top five averaged 17:44 with a 0.53 span.

Junior Andrew O’Brien posted the fasted time for Halstead at 13th place out of 106 total runners and was the only medal-winner for the Dragons. Close behind O’Brien were junior Josh Talbott in 21st, senior Dakota Blaylock in 31st, senior Neil Owens in 41st, freshman Hayden Davis in 42nd, senior Peyton Carr in 45th and sophomore Isaac Radke in 54th.

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