KEARNEY, Neb. — The Hartington-Newcastle cross country teams earned a pair of top-10 finishes at the Nebraska-Kearney High School Invitational, held Monday in Kearney, Nebraska.

Running on the course that will host the Nebraska State Cross Country Meet later this month, Hartington-Newcastle placed sixth in the girls’ division and seventh in the boys’ division.

In the Class C girls’ race, Hartington-Newcastle scored 147 points to finish just behind Aurora (134) and just ahead of Lincoln Christian (153). Columbus Scotus ran away with the team title, scoring 55 points to beat out Milford (107) and Kearney Catholic (114). Mitchell senior Regan Hodsden won the 5,000-meter event in 21:23.3, beating out Adams Central senior Grace Reiman (21:36.3).

The Hartington-Newcastle girls were led by Sara Burbach, who finished in 22:54.4 to place 19th. Jayda Bernecker just missed the awards stand, placing 27th in 23:40.6.

Also for Hartington-Newcastle, Sara Reifenrath (24:01.7) finished 37th, Makenzie Arens (26:08.6) placed 80th and Mackenzie Sudbeck (32:52.0) finished 153rd.

In the Class C boys’ race, Hartington-Newcastle tied with Adams Central at 169 points for seventh place, but owned the tiebreaker thanks to having its fifth and sixth runners ahead of Adams Central’s fifth runner. Sidney won the team title with 78 points, beating out Malcolm (87) and Aurora (88).

Hartington-Newcastle freshman Carson Noecker won the Class C boys’ race, finishing the 5,000-meter course in 17:03.0. Pierce’s Mason Sindelar (17:15.6) was second.

Also for Hartington-Newcastle, Brayden Kathol (19:10.8) was 32nd, Dagen Joachimsen (19:57.5) was 63rd, Bode Noecker (20:08.3) was 73rd, Chase Lammers (20:49.1) was 103rd and Cole Noecker (20:49.2) was 104th.

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