Ellie Abraham wins third consecutive ESD title

James D. Cimburek/Yankton Press & Dakotan: Brookings’ Ellie Abraham (right) runs out front with Aberdeen Central’s Melanie Jacobs during the Eastern South Dakota Conference Cross Country Meet on Saturday at Fox Run in Yankton. Abraham finished in 18:45.57 to win her third title in a row, while Jacobs (18:45.88) was second.

YANKTON – Bobcat junior Ellie Abraham won her third consecutive Eastern South Dakota Conference Cross Country Meet title, while Aberdeen Central swept the team crowns on Saturday at Fox Run.

Brookings is host to Harrisburg and Yankton in a triangular on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. at Edgebrook. The Class AA state meet is Saturday, Oct. 20, with the boys running at 1 p.m. and the girls at 2:30 p.m. at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls.


Abraham finished the 5K in 18 minutes, 45.57 seconds.

In addition to her three victories in the event, Abraham placed third in 2014 and fourth in 2015. She was the state champ in 2017 and 2015, while placing third in 2016 and fourth in 2014.

She edged Aberdeen Central’s Melanie Jacobs, who clocked a time of 18:45.88 seconds in second.

Brandon Valley’s Mia Wentzy (19:04.96), Aberdeen Central’s Zoe Douglas (19:17.79) and Brandon Valley’s Katie Wentzy (19:19.09) rounded out the top five.

The Golden Eagles took the team title with 53 team points and the Lynx (60) were second.

The Bobcats finished third at 64, well ahead of fourth-place Yankton (103).

Brookings’ Ainsley Powers crossed in 19:22.34 to take sixth.

Yankton’s Thea Chance (19:23.28) and Pierre’s Jessica Lutmer (19:29.26) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

Kayla Shoup was the Bobcats’ third finisher, placing ninth with a 19:31.4 clocking.

The Golden Eagles’ Alexis Ketterling (19:34.66) was 10th, Jordan Hermansen (19:39.76) 14th and Trinity Miller (20:12.85) 23rd to round out the winning team tally. Completing the Lynx’s team score, Lauren Wells (19:38.56) was 13th, Haley Bergan (20:01.57) 18th and Gracyn Gruber (20:08.75) 21st.

Brookings’ Jai Reienke finished 15th in a time of 19:41.24. Maddix Archer rounded out the team score by taking 34th in 20:50.41.

Also for the Bobcats, Brooke Wika (22:15.21) was 63rd, Ella Kjelden (22:18.74) 64th and Mariah McKibben (23:31.14) 74th.


Aaron Ryan led a group of eight Golden Eagles in the top 25 with a winning 5K time of 15:42.95 as Aberdeen Central totaled 37 points.

Brandon Valley (49), Harrisburg (51), Yankton (117) and Pierre (138) took second through fifth respectively. Brookings was sixth at 157.

The Lynx’s Britton Elkin was runner-up in 16:07.64.

The Golden Eagles’ Josh Mehlhoff (16:42.38) took third, the Lynx’s Eli Cheever (16:49.28) was fourth and the Golden Eagles’ Zachary Johnson (16:52.41) ended up fifth.

Rounding out Aberdeen Central’s team score, Josh Martin (17:14.68) finished 11th and Avery Schlosser-Bina (17:3.54) 17th.

Charlie Wang paced the Bobcats, placing 12th in a time of 17:19.86.

Isaac Conrad ended up 33rd with an 18:14.06 clocking. Sam Conrad (18:35.38) was 40th, Nick Diersen (18:36.55) 42nd and Ian Smith (18:48.02) 45th to complete the team tally.

Also for Brookings, Daniel Messerli (19:12.19) crossed in 55th and Quintin Eck (19:44.39) in 65th.


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