The Huskies’ cross country team brought 26 individuals to the Canton Invite Tuesday, Sept. 7. Teams at this meet included Dakota Valley, EPJ, Vermillion, Tea Area, Parker and West Central. The course was long and slow with the long grass, hills and wind, making for some intense competition.

In the boys varsity 5k race, Dakota Valley’s Blake Schmiedt and EPJ’s Joe Cross broke away and dropped the pack early on, trading places in the lead for the entire race. At the end of the battle, Schmiedt finished 1st, with Cross 2nd. Jackson Prouty also placed in the medals finishing 17th. Dakota Valley won the boys team event.

The girls varsity 5k race was dominated by Vermillion, who took the top 3 places. Taeli Barta continued her successful season placing 1st. The Husky girls earned 3 medals, led by Claire LaFerrier in 11th, Ella LaFerrier in 14th and Heather Stark in 18th. Vermillion won the team event with a near perfect score.

For the JV boys, Isaiah Love finished 1st for the Huskies, placing 15th. The JV girls ran very well, with Rosie Calamanco crossing the line in 7th and medaling. Also scoring high for the Huskies were AnnaBeth Porter in 12th and Alexis Ludwigs in 14th.

Next up for EPJ will be a meet in Freeman Sept. 15, followed by Alcester on the 20th and the home Husky Invite Thursday, Sept. 23.