February 5, 2023

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Big Day in Kearney for Minutemen and Swedes

Kearney-It was a great day for Dawson County Cross country teams on Friday as both the Lexington boys in Class B and the Gothenburg boys in Class C won state titles at the NSAA meet. Lexington was able to repeat as state champs. Lexington won by 10 points over Omaha Skutt. Jayden Ureste led the Minutemen with a second place performance. Miguel Cruz-Mendoza finished 5th, while Oscar Aquado-Mendez placed 7th. Also placing in the top ten was Lazaro Adame-Lopez who was ninth. Coach Sam Jilka had this to say about the day.

“The Minutemaids were led by Susana Calmo, who ran a personal best on the course in a time of 20:47 to place 15 th earn a state medal. Susan ran a very aggressive race and continued to get stronger as the race continued. She is very deserving of her success. Additional teammates who competed today included Maddy Armstrong who placed 25 th and she ran one of her stronger times on the course. As Maddy gains more confidence and consistency in her racing she will be a runner to contend with. Gaining additional experience were our younger runners Yovana Contreras who placed 52nd , Yarely Simental who placed 58th and Parr Converse who placed 78th. The Minutemaids placed 8th in the team standings.

The Lexington Minutemen also competed at the state championships and battled
for the Class B title amongst eleven other teams. The race conditions were fast
and all the Minutemen set personal bests on the course. Junior Anthony Taracena,
competing in his first state cross country meet, placed 42 nd in a time of 17:58.
Senior Kevin Parada, finished his Lexington XC career with a personal best of
17:29 and placed 26th. These two have been very tough runners all year and it was
exciting to see them set personal bests in their final season race.

For the first time in school history, four Minutemen placed and medaled in the top ten. Laz Adame, demonstrated grit and determination to finish an amazing season
with a 9th place finish in a time of 16:49. Laz has been a team leader who has been
instrumental to the success of the team. His steady improvement has been
impressive. Engineering a successful race plan, battling to the end, and completing
his cross country career, was senior Oscar Aguado placing 7th in a time of 16:45.
Oscar has been a significant feature of Lexington Cross Country. His creative mind
and free spirit allows him to connect with teammates and yet he becomes
aggressive in his pursuits when it comes to race time.

Running his best race as a Lexington cross country runner, Miguel Cruz rose to the
occasion and hammered home a 5th place finish in a time of 16:44. I was so proud
of Miguel and how he performed. In the past he struggled with confidence but
today he was strong as can be—running with pride and determination.

Also rising to the occasion was Senior Jayden Ureste who bolted to the lead of the
Class B race for the first 3000 meters. Though he was passed at the 2 mile mark,
Jayden continued to maintain his aggressive stride and ran a career best and
outstanding time of 16:29 to place 2nd. Jayden was very successful in the hills and it
was significant for the team success.

The Minutemen earned the Class B State title for the second year in a row
outdistancing Omaha Skutt in a score of 23 to 33. The packing of the first four
boys was very effective to make this happen. The boys overcame some adversity
throughout the season and were always willing to work to make positive situations

Lexington won every team title this past season as they did the prior season
which shows their commitment to excellence and high standards. This group of seniors have been a part of two State Runner Up Titles in 2019, 2020 and now have been State Champions in 2021, 2022. Coach Monrroy and I are very proud of what they accomplished. We appreciate all the fans that came to cheer the kids and be so supportive.”


1 2 Jayden Ureste 12 16:28.99
2 5 Miguel Cruz-Mendoza 11 16:44.65
3 7 Oscar Aguado-Mendez 12 16:45.73
4 9 Lazaro Adame-Lopez 11 16:49.86
5 ( 20) Kevin Parada 12 17:29.44
6 ( 34) Anthony Taracena 11 17:58.71

In Class C boys race, Gothenburg finished off its best season in school history as the Swedes took the title with 45 points just edging Lincoln Christian by two points. Leading the Swedes was Parker Graves who finished 4th. Three other runner medaled for Gothenburg as Yahriel Gaeta was 12th, Ethan Olsen was 14th, Nathan Sager finished 15th.


1 4 Parker Graves 11 17:02.61
2 12 Yahriel Gaeta 10 17:46.80
3 14 Ethan Olsen 11 17:51.13
4 15 Nathan Sager 11 17:53.82
5 ( 37) Abel Flores III 12 18:44.46
6 ( 75) Isaiah Urman 12 20:02.20

In Class D in the team standings the St. Pat boys were 2nd, while Franklin placed 4th. Click here for all of the results from Friday.


Source: Regional Sports