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RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Vermillion senior Maddie Lavin capped her sixth state cross country meet with a third-place finish Saturday at Hart Ranch Golf Course.

Lavin, three times a runner-up and the state champ as an eighth-grader covered the 5,000-meter course in 19:18.24.

Beresford senior Cait Savey won the Class A individual race in 18:35.75 while Hill City junior Karlee Simmons, leading her team to the team championship, was second in 18:45.68.

Lavin's teammate Taryn Whisler, a freshman, also earned a medal following a seventh-place finish in 19:47.62.

Dakota Valley senior Eryn Sandwell and Elk Point-Jefferson eighth-grader Madison Stark finished 73rd and 95th, respectively.

There was very little drama in the Class A boys race as West Central senior Derick Peters claimed his second straight state title with an impressive 15:06.20.

Peters, the Roy Griak Gold Division race winner this year, was the state runner-up as a sophomore before winning the last two titles.

Braden Peters, the younger brother, ran third as West Central, the state runner-up last fall, moved up one spot to claim the state title.

Beresford senior Alec Atwood was second in 15:58.74 while Braden Peters finished in 15:59.41.

Vermillion junior Justin Sorensen earned a state meet medal with a 12th place finish in 17:08.61.

The Tanagers were seventh in the final team standings as Dakota XII Conference schools went 1-3-6-7.

Dakota Valley senior Tyler Kennedy and sophomore Joe Graves came across in 72nd and 73rd, respectively.


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