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Douglas Early Bird Invitational

Defending State Champ Madeline Takahasi (Sturgis) opens strong; Andy McCoy (Hill City) takes boys win

9/2/08 Douglas SD

by Tony Bozarth

Defending South Dakota State AA champ Madeline Takahasi (Sturgis)  opened her season with a 15:50 4k win at the Douglas Early Bird Invitational.  Annie Pfeifle (Stevens, Rapid City, 4th 2008 state meet) was second at 16:04, while Lottie Grimshaw (Todd County) took third overall in 16:13.  Grimshaw was third in the 2008 1A state XC meet.

Andy Coy (Hill City), the 1A state XC runner-up in 2008, won the boys overall title in 17:09 for 5k.  Riley Coates (Stevens, Rapid City) was second at 17:14, with Damien Schuster (Sturgis) third at 17:26 and Marc Whirlwind Soldier (Tod County, 3rd in the 2008 1A state meet) fourth overall at 17:46.

Awaiting full results and team scores.