The Schuyler Central High School boys cross country team continued its strong start to the season with a pair of solid performances last week.
The Warriors scored 28 points to finish second in a triangular against Lakeview and Scotus Central Catholic on Sept. 5 at Lutjelusche Course near Columbus.
Lakeview won the event with 20 points and Scotus was third with 33 points.
The Scotus girls scorched the field with the top-three individual runners and just 12 points. Schuyler and Lakeview both totaled 40 team points, but the Lady Warriors won the tiebreaker to claim second.
Nesrudin Yusuf paced the Warriors with a third-place finish in 17 minutes, 49 seconds. Scotus’ Elliot Thomazin finished the race in 17:33 to take first and Lakeview’s Landon Vogt was third in 17:42.
Cristobal Gonzalez took sixth place for the Warriors with a time of 18:09, Miguel Carrasco finished seventh in 18:52 and Abner Perez and Kenneth Castro were 12th and 13th, respectively, with times of 19:23 and 19:29.
Edith Oliden continued to run well for the Lady Warriors, capturing fifth place with a time of 22:38.
Yessica Rodriguez finished in 10th place with a time of 25:40. Other Schuyler finishers were Iliana Hernandez in 15th place at 28:57, Ashley Hernandez in 17th place at 29:48 and Roxana Galdamez in 18th place at 29:53.
Olivia Fehringer, Kelsey Faust and Liza Zaruba finished 1-2-3 for Scotus with times of 21:47, 22:05 and 22:15, respectively.
Schuyler competed in the challenging Wahoo Invite on Sept. 7.
The boys team had three runners finish in the top 19 to help the Warriors take third place in the 13-team event.
Plattsmouth won the team title with 46 points, followed by Benedictine Mount Michael with 71 points. Schuyler and Wahoo finished with 75 team points in the tight field.
Yusuf once again paced the Warriors in the 5-kilometer event. He finished in seventh place with a time of 17:43. Gonzalez captured 10th place with a time of 17:52, Carrasco finished 19th with a time of 18:24 and Castro rounded out Schuyler’s top-four runners in 39th place with a time of 19:18.
Blair’s Sam Lueders took the individual title, finishing in 17:03.
“That was one of the finest races that I have ever coached. The boys ran very smart, just as I had directed them to do. These are very coachable athletes,” Schuyler head coach Rick Carter said.
“Nesrudin and Cristobal both had times that were the best by any of my runners at Wahoo in past years. Also, the third-place team finish was the best ever by one of my teams,” Carter added. “We beat Blair for the first time ever and we also beat both Lakeview and Scotus. We were only four points behind Mount Michael, and they are normally a state title contender.”
Oliden had another top-10 finish in the girls race, taking eighth place with a time of 22:14. Rodriguez was the only other SCHS runner in the girls event, finishing 40th with a time of 26:19.
Scotus’ Fehringer won the individual title in 21:05, besting runner-up Shannon McKinley of Plattsmouth by 14 seconds.
Scotus ran away with the team title with 27 points, 18 points ahead of second-place Blair.
Schuyler will compete Thursday in the Central City Invite.