RAYMOND — The Schuyler boys cross country team put on its best performance of the season Sept. 28, taking first place among 11 teams to win the Raymond Central Invite for the second straight year.
The Warriors placed three runners in the top four spots and had three others finish in the top 17.
Nesrudin Yusuf led the charge, taking second with a time of 17 minutes, 44.55 seconds. Following close behind in third place was Cristobal Gonzalez with a time of 18:09.98 and Miguel Carrasco completed the 2-3-4 finish in fourth place after crossing in 18:20.23.
Schuyler’s Hugo Ramon continued to improve by finishing 13th in 19:03.68, Kenneth Castro was 16th in 19:10.12 and Abner Perez crossed in 17th with a time of 19:11.78.
Arlington’s Noah Kubat won the boys race in 17:40.59.
Warrior head coach Rick Carter took a different approach to the meet and it paid off.
“The boys ran an awesome race again, especially considering we didn’t rest up for this race. They ran 9-plus miles with six long hill repeats on Tuesday and 6 more miles on Wednesday,” Carter said.
Schuyler won the boys team title with 22 points. Douglas County West was second with 35 points and Arlington took third with 42 points.
Carter said the competition was stronger than during last year’s event, but his runners stepped up to the challenge.
“I was especially thrilled with Hugo’s finish as this was the first time he placed this year. He has been practicing extremely hard this season and he really earned that medal,” he said. “It was nice to see the team run another smart race. I had a coach from another team tell me how impressed he was with the way that the Schuyler boys ran, starting off back quite a ways and just continually moving up toward the front during the entire race.”
Schuyler’s Edith Oliden had another strong performance in the girls race, grabbing fifth place with a time of 22:28.26.
Elizabeth Morrison of Arlington won the event with a time of 21:14.17, followed by Andie Koch of Tri County (21:49.28) and Rylee Haecker of Raymond Central (22:14.31).
Yessica Rodriguez took 11th for Schuyler, finishing in 25:04.57, and Roxana Galdamez was 29th in 27:55.94. Crystal Carrillo came in 35th with a time of 29:23.28.
The Schuyler girls continued their rise in the team standings during the past few weeks by finishing in a third-place tie with Centennial with 62 points. Tri County ran away with the team title with 25 points and Lincoln North Star was second with 45 points.
Schuyler eighth-grader Emmanuel Zuniga won the middle school race by more than 40 seconds with a time of 8:32. He and three other local middle school runners will compete in the junior high state meet Saturday at Papillion-La Vista South High School.
The next competition for the varsity squads is Thursday’s Central Conference meet in Aurora.