Peyerl captures small school title, finishes third overall to lead Cardinals

The Redwood Valley boys cross country team tuned up for the upcoming Section 3A meet with a second-place finish Tuesday at the Big South Conference meet held Tuesday at the Redwood Falls Golf Club. The Cardinals finished with 52 team points to place behind champion St. James (34) in the seven-team small school race. Jayson Peyerl had a nice afternoon, finishing third overall and first in the small school race with a time of 16:44. Mason Clark was 13th (17:19), Deon Estebo 27th (17:48), Sam Kahnke 35th (18:05) and Xander Seaman 39th (18:21) to round out the top five. Sam Fox set a personal best of 18:24 in placing 40th, and Gavin Dow (18:45) was 51st in the field of 81 runners. The Cards were also second in the JV race led by a 10th-place finish overall from Leo Steffl (19:12). Tate Goodthunder (19:17) was 12th, Camden Cilek (19:23) 14th, Luke Hammerschmidt 16th (19:28), Connor DeGonda 28th (20:22), Henry Buffie 72nd (20:47) and Grant Liebl 74th (20:50) out of a field of 183 runners. Big South Conference Small School Boys Team Results - St. James Area 34, Redwood Valley 52, Luverne 68, Pipestone Area 109, Windom Area 136, Blue Earth Area 156, JCC 159 The Redwood Valley girls cross country team earned a third-place finish in the small school race with 64 team points, finishing behind Pipestone Area (61) and champion Luverne (23) in the seven-team field. Catherine Buffie led the way once again for the Cards, earning a fourth-place finish in the small school race and 15th overall with a time of 20:14. Seventh-grader Maddie LeSage was fifth in the small school race and 17th overall (20:28). Senior Lauren Karnitz was 35th (21:37), Jasmine Barnes 39th (21:51) and Kyra Toreen 42nd (22:17) to round out the top five. Grace Caraway was 51st (23:14), and Michelle Smith (25:55) 65th. The Redwood Valley JV girls also placed third as a team led by seventh-grader Olivia Stoterau who was seventh in the small school race and 16th overall with a time of 23:30. Rachel Huhnerkoch was 28th (24:18), Lizzie Guggisberg 32nd (24:44), Brianna Tucker 33rd (24:49) and Brooke Zollner 35th (24:52) to round out the top five. Jayne Russell (25:18) was 44th and Cassie Omtvedt 46th (25:32). The Redwood Valley runners will now prepare for the upcoming Section 3A meet which will take place a week from today in Luverne. Big South Conference Small School Girls Team Results - Luverne 23, Pipestone Area 61, Redwood Valley 64, St. James 106, Windom Area 124, Blue Earth Area 157, JCC (inc)