ELKHORN, Neb. | South Sioux City's Zekariya Abdela ran a 16:24 time over the 5,000-meter course to take the title at the B2 District Cross County meet held here Thursday.

Abdela won the race by over 12 seconds and led the Cardinals to a second-place finish to host Elkhorn in the team standings. SSC's Lencho Abdurahman was sixth in 17:21.3 and Firomsa Mohmed 16th in 17:41.0.

The Cardinals are the defending state champions as they will now look to defend that title next week.

In the girls race in B2, junior Sadie Rocha of South Sioux City finished fifth and freshman Emane Ahmed 15th as both will move on to the state meet. The Cardinals girls were fourth in the team standings with Elkhorn finishing in first.

In the Class C2 District race at O'Nell, Nebraska, Brian Santiago of Hartington/Newcastle won the race in 17:01 and earned his fourth straight trip to state. Teammate Seth Wiebelhaus was fifth in 17:43 and will also be going to the state meet for the third time. Norfolk Catholic was the team champion with Hartington second and Pierce third.

In the girls race in C2, Hartington/Newcastle was third in the team standings behind Allie Rosener, who was fourth, and Sara Burbach, who was 11th. Andrea Torres of Wayne was third while teammate Gabrielle Meyer was ninth with both moving on to state.

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BERESFORD, S.D. | Vermillion's Maddie Lavin is heading back to the state cross country meet for the sixth time in her high school career.

The senior finished as the runner-up at the Region 3A meet here Thursday in a time of 19:44.41. She finished behind Beresford's Cait Savey, who crossed the line in 19:18.54.

Vermillion freshman Taryn Whisler took fourth in 20:27.77 and teammate Megan Brady, a seventh-grader finished 19th in 22:31.37.

Dakota Valley was led by Eryn Sandwell's 11th-place showing in 21:42.66 while Elk Point-Jefferson eighth-grader Madison Stark was 15th in 22:06.77.

Beresford won the team title with 33 points while Lennox was second and Ethan/Parkston third. Vermillion just missed a team trip to state in fourth place two points behind Ethan/Parkson.

The Vermillion boys did qualify for state taking third in the region with a 40, tying with Lennox. Beresford won the team title with 33.

Vermillion was led by Justin Sorensen in third place as he ran 17:35.57 and was followed by a pair of freshman in Riley Ruhaak and Jakob Dobney in eighth and ninth, respectively. Ruhaak ran an 18:10.09 and Dobney 18:11.51. Freshman Hunter Lavin finished 20th in 18:52.48.

The Tanagers' Landon Smith took 25th and Brady Smith 40th.

Dakota Valley sophomore Joe Graves and senior Tyler Kennedy finished in 13th and 14 place with times of 18:24.56 and 18:25.91

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