Central cross country opens new season

Sep 5, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College's cross country squad took to the trails in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Saturday to begin its new season.

Freshman Lukas Mathew was the top Rustler in the men's race, finishing 32nd in the field of 43 competitors, in a time of 29:33 around the 8-kilometer course.

Other Central men included Zach Relf (36th, 30:31), Dominic Twomey (38th, 31:04), Erick Nkunzimana (39th, 32:07) and Riverton High School alum Duncan Makin (42nd, 33:14).

Gillette College's Aryton Fuentes won the event in a time of 26:52. Black Hills State University won the team competition, with Central in fifth.

On the women's side, Breanna Beaslen was the highest-finishing Lady Rustler in 27th with a 24:02, with Black Hills State's Tori Moore winning the 5-kilometer race in 19:34.

Former Riverton Lady Wolverine Jessica Stewart finished 28th in 24:42, while Jesslyn Monahan was 31st (25:27) and Sienna Schuler was 35th (27:50).

According to Central head coach Al Lara, his squad did well, particularly Beaslen.

"I was very proud of the girls," said Lara. "Breanna ran a great first college race, and I feel our next run against Gillette, she'll only do better."

As far as the men were concerned, Lara knows they can do better.

"With our first four guys all freshman, I think their nerves got the best of them," said Lara. "But, it was a good test and learning experience."

Next for Central is a meet Saturday at Chadron State College.