Perin, Biere top finishers for Lynx at Kuemper Invite

CARROLL – Wet, sloppy conditions made for an interesting trek around Swan Lake during Saturday’s Carroll Kuemper Cross Country Invitational.

Some runners persevered better than others.

Jacob Perin was one of successful runners.

Perin turned in a team-best 24th-place finish in 19:26 over the 5-kilometer course to lead the Webster City boys’ squad to a sixth-place finish with 169 points. Seth Crouthamel and Demar Lemus weren’t far off the pace of their teammate; Crouthamel came across in 19:46 to place 32nd and Lemus (33rd, 19:47) was on his shoe strings.

“We had a good run over a true cross country course that showed its teeth,” WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said. “Several squad members played the game of using the conditions and course to their advantage.”

Trey Nelson (20:05) gave the Lynx 39th-place points and Esler Mejia (20:07) finished 41st to round out the scoring.

After a rough outing at last Monday’s Ballard Invite, freshman Tyler Bultena dropped into the junior varsity field on Saturday and thrived. He certainly earned his spot back on the top squad by winning the boys’ race in 19:29.

Courtney Biere’s time of 18:54 over the girls’ 4K course placed her 24th, as she led the Lynx girls to a ninth-place team finish with 209 points.

“Courtney Biere did a fine job of applying the tactics and strategies we had discussed going into the race,” Bussan said. “She ran aggressively from the start.”

Larae Ebrecht (19:38) was the next WCHS runner to reach the finish line in 38th place.

Sioux City North (boys) and No. 2-ranked (Class 4A) Urbandale (girls) took home the team titles.