Neumiller finishes at No. 1 spot
FARGO?-- Carrington freshman Ashley Neumiller is entering Saturday's state cross country meet in?Valley?City with plenty of momentum.
Neumiller, who was ranked No. 1 in the final coaches poll, turned in a first-place time of 15:09 at Saturday's East Region girls meet.
"She has won her last four or five races and is definitely on a streak," Carrington head coach Josh Kerbaugh said of Neumiller, who has won six of her nine races this fall. "She is very focused."
Neumiller has been running cross country for the Cardinals since her seventh grade season and also competes on Carrington's track and field team that won a state title last spring.
She finished 22nd at last year's state meet running to a time of 16:33 and opened the season ranked No. 10.
"I think if she stays with the lead pack she should be fine," Kerbaugh said. "Her strength is being able to outrun everyone at the end. She has good speed at the end of races."
fresh off region win
On paper, it appears the Class B boys race will be duel between Bismarck Shiloh Christian junior Elliot Stone and New Town freshman Ryan Wheeling, but don't count out Lisbon all-state senior Thomas Horgeshimer.
Horgeshimer, who has won eight races this fall, enters the state meet ranked No. 3 behind Stone and Wheeling respectively.
"He shows up for the big meets," Lisbon cross country coach Joe Kern said. "He might be ranked third behind a couple runners, but we feel good about him running in the state meet in Valley City."
The Class B boys race begins at 2:15 p.m.
Horgeshimer won the East Region meet with a time of 17:02 - 47 seconds faster than Daniel Kuntz of Velva. It was Horgeshimer's third individual East Region championship.
A year ago, Horgeshimer took second place at state running his best race of the year.
"Thomas is a special runner," Kern said. "He is able to find another gear late in races and is always mentally focused for every competition."