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PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Beal City girls win 3rd straight Highland crown
Aggie boys land 4th
Beal City runners Hannah and Emily Steffke race in reverse order of finish early in the Highland Conference Jamboree #3 at Beal City High School Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Emily crossed the finish line in course-record time of 19:49.8 and Hannah finished second to help lead the Aggies to the Highland Conference championship. Emily broke the record of 19:58.2 set by Megan Crandall in 2007. (Photo by Skip Traynor)
Beal City runner Ethan Schafer starts out strong on the way to a second-place finish to help lead the Aggies to second place in the Highland Conference Jamboree #3 at Beal City High School Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (Photo by Skip Traynor)
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On Tuesday the Beal City High School girls cross country team wrapped up a third straight Highland Conference title by finishing atop the field at home with a score of 27 points.
With the showing the Aggies swept all three conference jamborees in 2013 and look to be primed for another serious postseason run after placing fourth in the state finals one year ago.
For the day all five scoring Aggies finished in the top 10 and their top six were all in the top 11.
“We’ve got three conference titles in a row and have been to the state finals a multitude of times, but right now we’re looking at the Carson City regional,” said Beal City head coach Dave King. “I thought we ran really well today despite having a couple of runners under the weather.”
As it was Emily Steffke had a career day Tuesday as she won the meet with a school record time of 19:49.8, breaking Megan Crandall’s previous standard of 19:58.2 set in 2007.
“We’ve been out here working like crazy to win this,” said Emily Steffke. “It’s been an incredible experience because we all have so much fun together. You know it’s great to have a team that has this amount of depth and it showed this year. Last year we only had five runners so if one of us was out we didn’t score as a team. I am ecstatic.”
Her sister Hannah Steffke battled through illness to finish runner-up as she was second in 20:14.4. The latter of the two sisters finished as the No. 1 runner in the conference in 2013 as she won the first two jamborees before finishing second in the finale.
Hannah Neyer (20:25.6) was fifth with Arielle Salter (21:30.3) ninth, Brenda Faber (21:35.7) 10th and Hayley Neyer (21:46.6) 11th.
Emily and Hannah Neyer both earned first-team All-Highland honors as did Hannah Neyer and Salter. Faber and Hayley Neyer ran their way onto the honorable mention team.
On the boys side the Aggies finished second on the day with 50 points and third overall for the season. Evart won the meet with 29 points and the title.
Ethan Schafer (17:19.5) led the Aggies in second with Nick Pung (17:27.1) third and David Reihl (18:22.9) 12th. James Kolb (18:36.3) was 16th with Brendan Carrick (18:38) 17th.
Schafer and Pung were both first-team all conference while Reihl was honorable mention.
Last Updated: 10/15/2013 9:32:05 PM EST