Pullman wins cross country title for Falcons

Posted September 25, 2013 at 9:26 pm

West Sioux cross country runners competed in the Sioux City West meet Sept. 19 held at the West High campus.

For junior varsity boys Devin Mandicino had a time of 26:03.78 and placed 24th overall and first in the Class B division. Josh Monsma also competed in the junior varsity boys race and had a time of 29:37.51 for 37th place overall and second in the Class B division.

Hailey Pullman competed in the varsity girls division and had a time of 18:42.79 for sixth place overall and first in the Class B division.

“There were good competition including Sioux City West and East. The course is quite challenging with steep hills, parking lots, street crossings and even some moving vehicles to watch for. The wind was also a huge factor in the times. Pullman finished as the Class B (small schools) champion and sixth overall. Probably her best race of the season. She went out fast and ran near the front the entire race. Devin and Josh also ran with the Class A (large schools) and were the top two finishers in the Class B boys junior varsity race. They did a nice job fighting steep hills and a strong north wind,” said West Sioux coach Duane Sperle.

WS results at Vermillion

Jose Montes competed for the Falcons in the boys varsity meet and had a time of 18:34.02 for third place in the meet held at University of South Dakota’s campus.

Pullman ran in the girls varsity meet and had a time of 18:10.10 for fifth place.

In the junior varsity meet Mandicino had a time of 17:47.73 for first place. Monsma had a time of 21:06.55 for ninth place.

“Sioux City Bishop Heelan was a no-show so it turned out to be a very small meet. Pullman and Montes were our two varsity runners. Both ran well and placed in the medals. Pullman was running her second race in as many days. She settled into a nice pace, seven minute mile times, and ran much of the race by herself with no one really close in front or behind her. It was a good, smart race after a real tough one on Thursday.

“Montes went out with the leaders at the start and settled into third place where he finished. This turned out a lot like the girls race with everyone spread out and no real changes in position after the first mile. I think he will keep improving as he gets a couple more races next week. This was a very good start.

“Mandicino and Monsma competed in the four kilometer junior varsity race. Mandicino led most of the race but was pushed by a Vermillion runner who stayed right on his heals. Mandicino was able to hold him off with a strong finish kick in the final one-quarter mile. Monsma also finished in the medals with his best run of the season. He is showing some nice improvement in his running this past week,” said Sperle.

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