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Titan girls make history, claiming school’s first ever Region cross country title

After winning the DAK12 Conference title last week, the Tea Area High School girls’ cross country team came into the Region 3A Cross Country Meet on Thursday, Oct. 17 ready to challenge the traditional powerhouses of Lennox and Beresford.

The Titans battled from the beginning to the end and had five athletes finish in the top 20, securing their first ever Region Title for cross country in school history.

The Titans were paced once again by eighth grader Haidyn West. West used a strong start and a great finish kick to earn fourth place with a time of 20:48. Fellow eighth grader Haley Korver turned in a great effort as well, grabbing sixth place in a time of 21:25. Eighth grader Shealey Geelan claimed 11th place with a new personal best time of 21:39. Eighth grader Aubrey Kenyon finished in 14th in a time of 21:44. Freshman Lydia Decker earned 19th place in a new personal best time of 22:17. Freshman Ella Bialas claimed 38th place in a time of 24:55.

The Titans had a team score of 35, edging out Lennox (38) and Beresford (41), to win their first Region 3A title. The win qualifies the entire team for the State A Meet which will be held this Saturday, Oct. 26 in Huron.

The top three teams qualify for State and the top 20 runners punch their ticket.

For the Titan varsity boys, Connor Eimers and Rhett Daggett both placed in the top twenty to secure their spot at the State Meet.

The Titan boys turned in a number of strong performances at the Region 3A meet in Beresford.

Eimers used a strong start to position himself in the front of the field and finished well, earning sixth place in a time of 18:08.

Daggett claimed 13th place in a time of 18:36 to also make it to the State Meet.

Sophomore Jace Rausch turned in a great time of 18:51, finishing just out of the medals in 21st place.

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