SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School cross country team ran well in Custer, S.D. Thursday.
Head coach Art Baures praised his athletes for their performances in a competitive race on a hilly course. A good number of SHS runners placed in the top 25 while running their best times of the season, Baures said.
Lady Bronc Janika Sweeney, finishing in 18 minutes for 16th place, ran another good race, with her effort putting her up with a top group of runners throughout the race, Baures said.
For the Broncs, Taylor Bruso shined again finishing in second place in 17:03. He worked his way up to the front of the race early on and didn’t look back. Bruso’s finish helped the Broncs to a third place mark behind Newcastle and host Custer.
“His second place finish shows that he is a more confident runner at this point of the season,” Baures said. “He is improving each week and establishing himself as one of the better runners in our state.”
Team-wise Sheridan’s Micah Sweeney, Taylor Wendtland and Rion Szatkowski had much better races toward the front of the pack and Baures said he expected the result to carry into even better outcomes in coming weeks.
“They are executing better race plans each week,” he said.
Xiomara Robinson (18:16) and Hunter Trahan (19:41) won their respective JV races, and Baures called their performances “phenomenal.”
“The JV athletes really stepped up at the Custer meet and ran tremendously well,” he said. “The girls swept the first four places and also put eight girls in the top 13 places. The boys also ran very well and took seven of the top 15 places in their race. The younger athletes are improving so much and showing the commitment level to the training and racing that we need on the team. It is great when the entire team can enjoy success like we did in Custer.”
Sheridan heads to Scottsbluff next week.