KEARNEY — Three Schuyler Central High School runners competed Friday in the Class B state cross country meet at Kearney Country Club.
Nesrudin Yusuf was the Warriors’ top performer, crossing the finish line in the 5,000-meter event in 37th place with a time of 17 minutes, 57.9 seconds. Teammate Cristobal Gonzalez was right behind him, taking 38th in 18:00.01, and Miguel Carrasco finished 82nd in the 92-runner field with a time of 18:59.5.
“I was very proud of how Nesrudin and Cristobal ran. Unfortunately, Miguel was battling stomach problems and he wasn’t able to run his usual great race. I am still very happy with how Miguel performed this season and look forward to his return next year,” Schuyler head coach Rick Carter said.
York’s Luke Stuckey won the individual title with a time of 16:25.2, beating second-place Jackson Larsen of Omaha Gross by 10 seconds. South Sioux City’s Zekariya Abdela came in third in 16:41.4.
Omaha Skutt claimed the Class B team title with 37 points. Second place went to Lexington with 59 points, followed by Elkhorn and Gering in a tie for third with 90 points.
Central Conference representative York finished fifth with 102 points.
Carter had mixed emotions after another successful season for the Warriors.
“It was a great season and I hate to see it end,” he said. “Coming back from the state meet the runners were commenting on how fast the season went by and that is exactly the same way that I was feeling. Time really does fly when you are having fun.”
The Schuyler coach isn’t lowering his expectations for the 2018 season.
“I am already looking forward to next season, hoping to improve on this great season we just had,” Carter said. “The boys would really like to qualify a whole team next year. We will need to replace Nesrudin, which certainly won’t be an easy task, but I believe that there are runners at Schuyler who can do that.”