Will Lauer is going to NXN; Lincoln Boys 3rd.
Will Lauer is good.
A 15:07.5 runner-up performance today at the Nike Heartland Regional at Yankton Trails cemented Lauer as one of the top South Dakota distance runners of all-time.
Now to Sioux Falls Lincoln, Lauer's team, who also had visions of Portland dancing in their heads.
The Patriots were incredible, putting up a spread of just over 20 seconds between their #2 and # 7 guys; and with Lauer’s 2nd place low-stick, they were essentially scoring four.
But whas it enough?
Nate Schroeder and Gabe Peters finished virtually side-by-side, running 16:08.1 and 16:08.8, respectively to place 44th and 47th.
Now the only question was:
Would the Lincoln four/five combo be enough to punch seven tickets to Portland?
Dreux Selzler came through with a very solid race, as he was the next Patriot across the line, finishing 60th (16:14.6). Lincoln’s five was Tyler Dobson in 72nd place (16:20). Dale Loudon was 88th for Lincoln, running 16:29 and Anders Rasmussen was 93rd (16:31).
An incredible performance by Lincoln...but would be make the trip to Oregon?
Just 6 points close, as Lincoln finished 3rd with 133 points, behind winners Wayzata (92 points) and Edina who claimed the final spot to NXN with 127 points.
There were several South Dakota runners who had career days at the Nike Heartland Championship.
Jesus Urtusuastegui (SF Roosevelt) and Connor Haaland (RC Stevens) ran incredible races, both scratching out some new PR’s to place in the Top 30.
Jesus was 22nd (15:45) and Haaland placed 29th (15:53).
Mark Poston (RC Stevens) was the next non-Lincoln guy across the line, placing 50th with a 16:10.3 clocking.
Behind Poston was STM standout and Class AA runner-up, Lucas Julian, who ran 16:15 for 62nd place.
Jacob Simmons, the Sturgis speedster who was 3rd at the Class AA state meet, was 75th in 16:20.
Shane Herman (Custer) was 138th in 16:52 and Jebben Keyes (Pierre) was next in line for the South Dakota high schoolers, running 16:57.
Tristan Old Horse, a Class A up-and-comer out of Hot Springs was 162nd in 16:59.
Roosevelt’s Tyler Slaba was 179th (17:08) to close out South Dakotan’s in the Top 200.