The Fremont boys cross country team had one of its best runners quit the race, but still easily won the A-3 district meet at Pioneers Park on Thursday.
Jose Gonzalez, who was Fremont’s top runner at the Heartland Conference meet last week with a second-place finish, started the race but did not finish. Fremont coach Sean McMahon said Gonzalez didn’t suffer a serious injury.
“He just didn’t finish. He’s fine,” McMahon said.
Fremont still put each of its five scoring runners in the top 20 to win the meet with 35 points. Fremont’s CJ Martinez won his first race of the season.
The rest of the team responded well when Gonzalez quit the race, and it showed how good Fremont is as a team.
“We’re one of the smallest teams in Class A, but we always pride ourselves on having good depth, and our kids truly believe in that,” McMahon said. “To be our six through 11th runner carries a lot of pride, and when they’re called upon they step up and compete. When they saw what happened they knew what they had to do.”
The Omaha Central boys finished second with 53 points. Lincoln Pius X got the final spot for state with a third-place finish with 69 points, 28 points ahead of fourth-place Lincoln High.
“We were hoping we’d get both teams in,” Pius X coach George O’Boyle said. “We thought if the boys ran well maybe we could be second, but we were hoping to at least make sure we got a third.”
Sophomore Gavin Skorupa led Pius X in second place.
A-4 in Papillion: Lincoln Southwest senior Luke Nolley won the boys race, and he’s won each of his past three races. Millard West won the boys team title, finishing three points ahead of runner-up Southwest. In the girls race, Papillion-La Vista South edged Lincoln Southwest 32-33 for the team title. Southwest was led by freshman Kate Dilsaver in third place.
B-3 in Seward: York senior Luke Stuckey won the boys race by 41 seconds in 16:41.
C-3 in Minden: Lincoln Christian won the boys championship, led by Caleb Canfield in third place.
D-1 in Malcolm: The Malcolm boys had a perfect team score of 10, with Devyn Beekman, Ty Shaw, Noah Twohig and John Swotek sweeping the top four spots. Lincoln Lutheran sophomore Tanner Lebo finished 13th, helping his team get the final state qualifying spot from the district.
-- Brent C. Wagner