A pair of runners with sparkling resumes added another jewel on Saturday morning.
Thomas Horgeshimer of Lisbon, N.D., and Tori Moore of Ipswich picked up individual championships during the 53rd Annual DSS-Roe Granger Cross Country Meet at the Moccasin Creek Soccer Complex.
It was the first Roe Granger title for each one runner.
Moore, who has a past 3,200-meter run state championship to her credit, as well as a pair of top-five finishes at the state cross country meet, took her Roe Granger title in stride.
“Next week, we have another race we have to go after,” she said. “I might be Ipswich’s third runner, I might be second. I don’t know.”
Moore is part of an elite Ipswich trio that also includes Macy Heinz and Taylor Loken, who also finished in the top five at the state meet last fall.
“You never know going into it who’s going to (win) that race that day,” Moore pointed out. “I’ve got a feeling that one of the three of us is going to get it. It makes the team better. It makes us work twice as hard knowing that our spot is never safe.”
Moore and Heinz were battling side by side for part of the race on Saturday before Moore eventually pulled away.
“I kind of picked up my pace a little bit and she didn’t come with me,” Moore said.
Interestingly enough, Moore did not train quite as much this summer as she has in the past. The junior said that break has given her a fresh look at the sport.
“I think it’s more mind over matter,” Moore said. “I didn’t run and it made the season feel like new, instead of just continually running.”
Horgeshimer said his Roe Granger title was special because of what may lie ahead in his future.
“I’m really happy that I did (win), because I’m thinking about going to Northern State possibly,” Horgeshimer said.
The senior was second at the North Dakota State B meet a year ago and was the preseason top-rated runner in North Dakota.
He admitted that the ranking definitely puts a target on his back.
“Mentally, I’m really sound,” Horgeshimer said, “so it really doesn’t bother me. I like the competition and it’s fun.”
The boys’ race turned into a 4K instead of 5K because of the heat, but it didn’t effect Horgeshimer.
“I just go off a little faster and just (run) a little faster pace,” he said.
Oh, and there was one other reason Horgeshimer was pleased about his victory on Saturday.
“I get a free T-shirt,” he pointed out with a smile.