AURORA — The Schuyler boys and girls cross country teams competed Oct. 5 in the Central Conference meet on a sloppy course at Poco Creek Golf Course in Aurora.
The Warrior boys finished fourth in the nine-team field and the girls were ninth.
Schuyler had three runners in the top 12 during the boys race.
Nesrudin Yusuf continued his fantastic season, crossing the finish line in fourth place with a time of 17 minutes, 37.54 seconds. Cristobal Gonzalez finished 11th with a time of 17:59.29 and Miguel Carrasco was 12th in 18:02.60. Kenneth Castro finished 40th, completing the race in 19:15.46.
Luke Stuckey of York won the boys event with a time of 16:39.25, nearly a minute ahead of runner-up Grant Moody of Aurora. Tyler Welch of Seward came in third.
York won the boys team title with a score of 39 points while Aurora claimed the runner-up spot with 47 points. Holdrege was one point behind Aurora and Schuyler finished with 67 points.
Schuyler head coach Rick Carter said all the runners were affected by the course conditions.
“They changed the site of the course due to all of the rain, but the new course was quite muddy in several places. The conference meet was held in rainy conditions last year, as well, but at least it was warmer today,” he said.
Carter continues to praise his runners for their approach to each race.
“My boys ran another smart race, starting off quite a ways back but just moving up the entire race. Nesrudin’s fourth-place finish was one of his top races all year. Cristobal’s and Miguel’s races were probably their best of the season, as well,” he said. “It was our goal to get all three of those guys in the top 15, but we knew that it wasn’t going to be easy. They really came out and competed. They continue to train hard and to improve.”
Edith Oliden once again paced the Lady Warriors with a fifth-place finish in the girls race. She finished with a time of 21:11.70.
Julia Lee of York was the individual champion with a time of 20:14.63, finishing 10 seconds ahead of second-place runner Maya Nachtigal of Aurora. Adams Central’s Sophia Conant captured the third-place medal with a time of 20:28.69.
Other runners for the Lady Warriors were Yessica Rodriguez (37th in 24:40.22), Roxana Galdamez (47th in 26:55.20) and Crystal Carrillo (50th in 30:25.39).
Aurora captured the girls team title with 29 points, followed by Adams Central with 37 and Holdrege with 47. Schuyler had 139 points.
Schuyler heads to Omaha on Thursday for the district meet.
“The competition will be very tough, but these guys will be ready and will give their best effort just as they have all season,” Carter said.
Carter also recognized Emmanuel Zuniga, who finished 13th in the state junior high cross country meet held Oct. 4 in Papillion.
“He ran an excellent race. I certainly hope that he comes out for cross country in high school next year as I believe he will be a significant addition to our team,” Carter said.