The Schuyler Central High School boys cross country team exploded out of the starting gate, winning its home invite Aug. 31.

Schuyler took the championship at the eight-team event by seven points over runner-up Lakeview.

The Warriors finished with 21 points, Lakeview had 28 and third-place Wahoo recorded 34.

Three Schuyler runners placed in the top-five spots.

Nesrudin Yusuf won the race in 6 minutes, 17 seconds, one second ahead of teammate Cristobal Gonzalez, who took second.

Lakeview’s Landon Voigt captured the third-place medal with a time of 6:27 and Wahoo’s Jacobi Swanson was fourth in 6:28.

Schuyler’s Miguel Carrasco finished the race in 6:29 to capture fifth place and Kenny Castro was 13th in 6:50.

“I was extremely pleased with how my boys team performed at our home opening meet today,” Schuyler head coach Rick Carter said. “Nesrudin and Cristobal ran a very smart race, holding back for the first 2 1/2 kilometers before moving into the lead. They never gave up the lead after that point. Nesrudin was able to move ahead of Cristobal during the last kilometer to win the race.”

“Hard work this summer paid off for Cristobal, who logged over 400 miles of running on his own. I was very pleased with the performance of junior Miguel Carrasco, who is a newcomer to cross country. Miguel missed the first week and a-half of the season but was still able to pull off the fifth-place finish. I expect to see him close the gap on Cristobal and Nesrudin as the season progresses,” Carter added.

Schuyler’s Edith Oliden ran one of the best races of her career in the girls event, crossing in 7:50 for fifth place, just behind Lakeview’s Makenna Frenzen.

Wahoo’s Katie Pearson won the girls race in 7:30 and Lakeview’s Ali Loseke was second in 7:41, just ahead of third-place Elizabeth Polk of Logan View.

Other runners scoring for Schuyler were Yessica Rodriguez in 19th place (9:06), Crystal Carillo in 20th place (9:06) and Roxana Galdamez in 24th place (9:41).

Wahoo won the girls team title with 21 points, followed by Lakeview with 31 points and Logan View with 56. Schuyler was fourth with 61 points.

Schuyler runs again Thursday at the Wahoo Invite.

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