Carter Heckathorn, Joe Cross and Heather Stark

Medalists from the Dakota Valley cross country invitational Sept.1 are, from left, Carter Heckathorn, Joe Cross and Heather Stark.

On Sept. 1, the Elk Point cross country team travelled the short distance to Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve to participate in the Dakota Valley Cross Country Invite.

This year saw a greater number of entrants in the meet, including the always-tough Sioux City East and Tea Area. In spite of the larger number of teams, Elk Point-Jefferson was able to put three runners in the medals.

The first race was the boys varsity race, with Joe Cross leading the way to a 15th place finish. Isaiah Love was the Huskies’ second varsity finisher, running a strong first official varsity race.

Heather Stark paced the way in the girls varsity race, running to a 9th overall finish. Claire LaFerrier and Ella LaFerrier ran well to place 28th and 29th, respectively.

The boys’ JV1 race saw Easton Kempf run a personal record, with the girls’ JV1 race seeing Alexis Ludwigs run a very strong race.

The final race was the combined JV2 race. Newcomer Carter Heckathorn ran to a 3rd overall finish.

The Huskies’ next meet was Tuesday, Sept. 8 in Canton. They travel to Moville, IA Tuesday Sept. 15 for the Woodbury Central Invite.