The Miller Rustler cross country team traveled to the region meet on October 11 at Chamberlain.
The Rustler boys’ varsity team qualified as a team for the state meet, placing third. Mason Breitling led the Rustlers, finishing in a time of 17:12 for sixth place. Cole Sargent placed 12th with a time of 17:28. Beau Keeter placed 22nd with a time of 18:27. Devyn Gortmaker finished in a time of 19:04 to finish 29th. Trey Waldrop came in at 33rd with a time of 19:40, and Jacob Heezen placed 39th with a time of 20:00.
The only MHS girl to compete in the region meet was Brianne Bertsch, who qualified for the state meet placing 15th with a time of 17:14.
The junior varsity boys’ team placed second as a team with Lucas Simpson leading the way, placing fifth with a time of 15:55. Hunter Russell placed sixth with a time of 16:06, and Jason Manning placed ninth with a time of 16:46. Cody Bevers finished with a time of 16:49 to place 10th. Connor Bertsch and Clayton Keck finished with a tie for 11th with a time of 17:15. Trevor Parmely finished in a time of 18:14, placing 15th, and Camden Breitling came in at 20th with a time of 20:05.
Coach Tom McGough commented, “I am very proud of our runners. Their commitment and competitive spirit drives them to set high goals. Individually and collectively, they possess a high level of expectations. They have improved throughout the season, accepting challenges and offering no excuses. Both those who run varsity and junior varsity possess the expectations of a champion.”
McGough said this is the youngest group of runners he’s coached to qualify for the state cross country meet, with two sophomores—Mason Breitling and Beau Keeter; three freshmen—Devyn Gortmaker, Trey Waldrop and Jacob Heezen; and one eighth grader—Cole Sargent. McGough said this may be the youngest team in school history qualifying for the state.
McGough added, “As happy I am for all our boys, there is an added satisfaction for our lone senior. Brianne Bertsch ran one of her best races in a very competitive field. She ran a solid race qualifying for the state meet. It is a great tribute to her commitment and dedication.’
Janet Kittelson | The Miller Press
EIGHT MHS CROSS COUNTRY runners qualified for the State Meet. In the back row, from left: Jacob Heezen, Devyn Gortmaker, Mason Breitling, Beau Keeter. In the front, from left: Trey Waldrop, Brianne Bertsch, Lucas Simpson, and Cole Sargent.