Christian Brist and Ethan Schaffer

Hillsboro-Central Valley sophomore Christian Brist, right, races past Kindred senior Ethan Schaffer in the final stretch of the Class B cross-country meet Oct. 22 in Jameestown, N.D.

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Kindred senior Ethan Schaffer nipped Christian Brist over the final quarter mile of the East Region cross-country meet Oct. 16.

Brist was determined not to let the same thing happen at state.

In the final 100 yards, the Hillsboro-Central Valley sophomore outran Schaffer by less than a second to take runner-up honors in the Class B meet Oct. 22 at Parkhurst Recreation Area.

“I saw him dying a little bit and knew I had to get him,” Brist said. 

Paige Cotton and Myla Kaldor

Burros cross-country runners Paige Cotton, above left, and Myla Kaldor made the Class B all-state team in their final race of the season Oct. 22.

“Everyone got out really fast and so I just tried to keep my pace behind them and finish strong.”

Brist, who ran the 5-kilometer course in 16:32.80, and the Burros boys finished fourth as a team in the race, tallying 134 points – 26 back of third-place Kindred.

H-CV cross-country coach Kirk Zink said Brist ran smart race and took advantage of toughest sections of the Jamestown course to make his moves.

“At about the halfway point, things looked awfully familiar to regionals, where we let things slip away,” Zink said. 

“Then, Christian got back in the hills and outworked everyone across there.”

H-CV’s girls squad, led by eighth-grader Paige Cotton’s fourth-place finish, also wound up just out of the top three.

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