Beaver Duster Cross Country


October 29, 2014

Jesko earns second straight All-State honor

SHAWNEE - For the second straight year, Beaver’s Andrew Jesko earned All-State honors here Saturday at the 2A cross country meet at Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech.

Jesko, who placed third in 2013, finished in 9th place as the Dusters were 10th overall in the team standings.

"I was proud of the kids effort all year. They went down Saturday and competed hard," BHS coach Jerod Cline said. "It was unfortunate that the girls team did not quality, but they had great effort throughout. Melissa worked hard and was the leader for our girls. She was not completely satisfied with her time, but she represented us extremely well.

"Andrew did a great job, finishing ninth for his second All-State honor. All the boys did a great job too, and we are really young on the back side. This was some of their first experiences at state. Andrew is a great competitor. He played football on Friday as the starting quarterback, got on the bus and rode to Shawnee. For him to do that then All-State is amazing. He put it all out there for his team and school. I appreciate his leadership and effort all season. We have a tradition on producing All-State athletes across the board, and it is exciting to have another one."

Jesko ran the 3.2 mile course in a time of 17:35 to lead the team. Junior Abijah Osborn was second among the Dusters, placing 52nd with a time of 19:47. Junior Hunter Starr was 61st overall with a time of 20:23. Senior Cesar Gonzales was 100th overall with a time of 25:04, and freshmen Brenton Westenhaver, Yobani Sosa and Dustin Huntley were 108th, 109th and 113th in the standings.

In the girls race, Lady Duster junior Melissa Chavez qualified individually, placing 38th overall with a time of 14:17. Two runners from Forgan High School also did well in the 2.0 mile race.

Freshman Indy Curl placed 14th overall with a time of 13:12, and freshman Destiny Alston was 30th overall with a time of 13:55.

As usual, the Panhandle was well represented with the Hooker boys taking the state title. The Hooker girls were the state runner up. Also, Texhoma was sixth and Laverne seventh in the girls team standings.

October 18, 2014

ENID - With four runners in the top 40, the Beaver High School boys cross country team finished fourth overall to qualify for this weekend’s State met in Shawnee.

The Lady Dusters did not quality as a team, but junior Melissa Chavez, who placed 14th will get to compete. Also, Destiny Alston and Indy Curl from Forgan will also get to run.

"I was very proud of all the kids," BHS coach Jerod Cline said. "The girls were one place out of qualifying for state, but all improved their personal times. Melissa finished 14th overall and will get to run in the state meet next weekend.

"The boys ran extremely well, finishing fourth overall. They will run in the state meet next week in Shawnee. Both groups have worked extremely hard this season, and I am proud of them all."

Senior Andrew Jesko leld the Dusters by placing 11th overall. The returning All-Stater had a time of 19:02 over the 3.2 mile course. Junior Abijah Osborn was 21st (19:44), junior Hunter Starr was 31st (20:28) and senior Cesar Gonzales was 39th (21:35). Freshmen Yobani Sosa and Brenton Westenhaver were 78th and 82nd, respectively.

Chavez had a time of 14:19. Second among the Lady Dusters was sophomore Julissa Alvidrez, who placed 36th with a time of 15:08. Others running were: Gabby Casas (48th, 15:53), Nicole Welch (57th, 16:26), Allie Kasparie (16:44, 61st) and Jenna Pugh (64th, 16:49).

The State meet is scheduled for next Saturday (Oct. 25) at Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech Center in Shawnee. The girls race is scheduled for noon, while the boys will run at 12:45 p.m.


October 16, 2016

2A Regionals scheduled Saturday

at Chisholm; Cline says team ready

ENID - Cross country runners saw a new course here Saturday in a pre-Regional event at Chisholm High School. Results were mixed.

On a wet and cold morning, runners spent a majority of their time avoiding mud puddles and trying to stay afoot on the muddy surface. Teams will return this Saturday for the 2A Regional with a berth to next week’s State event on the line.

The Duster teams fared well, according to coach Jerod Cline.

"We ran ok, but the conditions were not great," he said. "We are looking forward to the Regional event this Saturday and hopefully get everyone qualified again for State. I think we are ready."

In the boys division, senior All-Stater Andrew Jesko led the charge with a 24th place finish. His time over the course was 19:16. Junior Abijah Osborn was next with a 36th place finish in 19:54. Senior Cesar Gonzales and junior Hunter Starr both finished in the top 100. Gonzales placed 65th with a time of 21:26 and Starr was 85th with a time of 22:26. Others running were: Fernando Castillo, 114th, 25:29; Yobani Sosa, 127th, 27:35; Gabe Osborn, 128th, 27:37 and Brenton Westenhaver, 109th, 24:47.

The girls were led by junior Melissa Chavez, who placed 18th with a time of 14:34. Sophomore Julissa Alvidrez was 33rd with a time of 15:12, and junior Allie Kasparie placed 66th with a time of 16:16. Senior Gabby Casas was 75th with a time of 16:42 and senior Nicole Welch placed 86th with a time of 17:17, Cline said.


Cross country meet draws big crowd, 13 teams Saturday

With 13 teams, hundreds of junior high and high school runners converged on Beaver Saturday morning for the annual cross county meet.
Hooker’s high school teams swept the boys and girls division, according to Duster coach Jerod Cline.
"It was a great day for a meet," Cline said. "We had a lot of participation, and the weather was perfect. Our kids showed some improvement, and with just a few weeks left in the season that was encouraging.
"I do want to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers that helped put on the meet. Your time and effort is much appreciated."
Senior Andrew Jesko led the boys team with a 4th place finish in a time of 18:10. Junior Melissa Chavez led the girls by placing 7th in a time of 14:03.
Other finishers were (girls): Julissa Alvidrez, 9th, 14:31; Allie Kasapre, 35th, 15:53; Nicole Welch, 38th, 16:19 and Gabby Casas, 42nd, 16:25; (boys) Abijah Osborn, 8th, 19:05; Cesar Gonzales, 18th, 20:33; Hunter Starr, 21st, 20:41; Fernando Castillo, 33rd, 23:30; Brenton Westenhaver, 36th, 26:40; Gabe Osborn, 37th, 27:05; Yobani Sosa, 38th, 27:32 and Dustin Huntley, 40th, 28:15.
The BHS teams will next compete on Oct. 11 in the pre-Regional meet at Chisholm. Regional is Oct. 18.



OUT IN FRONT - Lady Duster junior Melissa Chavez races away from two competitors during Thursday’s Hooker Cross Country Meet. She was 17th overall with a time of 14:42.


CATCHING EM - BHS senior Andrew Jesko chases down a Guymon runnner during last Thursday’s Hooker Cross Country Meet. Jesko placed ninth overall with a time of 18:57.

HOOKER - Winning four total medals, the Beaver High School cross country teams kicked off the 2014 season here last Thursday at the Bulldog Invitational.

Duster senior Andrew Jesko and junior Abijah Osborn both placed in the top 20 on the boys side, while juniors Melissa Chavez and Brooke Hessman led the charge for the Lady Dusters.

Jesko, a returning All-Stater from a year ago, paced the boy’s team with a ninth place finish in a time of 18:57. Osborn, meanwhile, covered the 3.2 mile course in a time of 19:33. And Chavez placed 17th overall with a time of 14:42 over the 2.0 mile course. Hessman was 18th overall with a time of 14:49 for the girls.

"I was real excited about the first meet," BHS second-year coach Jerod Cline said. "We had a couple of kids not get where they wanted, but most of them - especially the girls - were a minute ahead of their times from last year.

"I am excited about the potential of the kids and the numbers we have out this season."

Other Dusters running were: junior Hunter Starr (34th, 21:35); freshman Dustin Huntley (49th, 23:08); senior Cesar Gonzales (51st, 23:17); sophomore Sergio Quintana (55th, 24:46); freshman Gabe Osborn (60th, 26:12) and freshman Brenton Westenhaver (64th, 26:24).

Other Lady Dusters competing were: sophomore Julissa Trejo (31st, 15:44); senior Nicole Welch (37th, 16:08); senior Gabby Casas (46th, 16:52); junior Allie Kaspare (47th, 16:59) and freshman Jenna Pugh (51st, 17:11).

The BHS teams will have a busy upcoming schedule with meets in Perryton (Saturday), at Hugoton, KS (Sept. 20) and Ulysses, KS on Sept. 23. Beaver will play host its annual meet on Sept. 27 beginning at 9 a.m.

"It has been a fun start to the season," Cline added. "Everyone of the kids have been practicing hard, and we are hoping that all of the effort will pay off in mid-October at Regional and State."