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Tori Glazier is back for one more cross country run for Custer

Glazier and Lavin back for one more run as Class A girls cross looks loaded
Aug 22, 2017

By Rich Winter

It almost felt like there was a hole in the 2016 girls cross-country season last year as then Custer junior, Tori Glazier sat out with a stress-fracture. Such an impressive effort for coach Karen Karim as the Custer girls, despite their leader and emotional back-bone of the team being gone, still captured the Class A team title. 


Seemed like there was a bit of uncertainty as the Class A track season came to a close last fall. We've all been seeing Vermillion's Maddie Lavin on the big stage for such a long time that people automatically assumed she was graduating.


Nope, queen Lavin is back as a senior. Glazier captured her fifth consecutive Class A 800 title this spring. Lavin is a former champ, believe Glazier's highest finish has been third.


Chamberlain's Ella Byers won the 2015 state title.

St. Thomas More ninth grader, Haliegh Timmer won the title in 2016.

Take a look at the returning ladies from last year's state cross-country race. Of the top-ten finishers a year ago only Nicollete Schmidt of Redfield/Doland was lost to graduation.


As the state track meet went down last spring, I personally was impressed with the east river girls. 


Beresford's Cait Savey won the 3200 meters in 11:14 and

Dakota Valley's Marisa Schulz won the 1600 in 5:06


Add to this mix, Hill City's Karlee Simmons, who finished third in cross-country and was closing hard to Savey in the final stretches of that 3200 at the state track meet. 


This is a very deep field with talente runners across the board.

Byers, Glazier and Timmer all ran 2:15 or better in the 800

It took a 5:16 to place 8th in the Class A 1600 last season.


It's going to be a long season but will try to keep cross fans informed in what might be the deepest and most talented cross field ever assembled for the Class A ranks in South Dakota. 


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