Sports

Boys & Girls Cross Country

Girls Cross Country Head Coach:  Joe Krajicek - joe.krajicek@ssccards.org
Boys Cross Country Head Coach:  Sean Fitzsimmons - sean.fitzsimmons@ssccards.org
Co-Head Coach: Ramsey Fitzsimmons - ramsey.fitzsimmons@ssccards.org

1999 NE Class B Girls State Cross Country Champions
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2020 Lady Cardinal XC Handbook | 2019 Boys XC Handbook

2021 SSC Girls Cross Country
2021 Girls Cross Country

 

2021 Boys & Girls Cross Country Results

2001 NSAA State Cross Country Championship Meet:  Results Online   
Congrats to South Sioux City's Mesuidi Ejerso (JR)!!! STATE CHAMPION with a time of 16:28.7!!!
South Sioux City's Ivan Morelos (SO) finished 33rd with a time of 18:03.5.  Congratulations to both!!!

2001 NSAA B-2 Districts Cross Country Meet:  Results Online  
Boys: SSC's Mesuidi Ejerso came home in 1st Place with a time of 16:06.3.
As a team SSC Boys placed 4th.
Congratulations to Mesuidi Ejerso and Ivan Morelos for qualifying for the 2021 Nebraska State XC Meet.
Congratulations to the SSC Coaches and entire Cardinals XC Teams.
Girls: Ashley Hedquist was SSC's top finisher in 23rd Place with a time of 21:21.9.
As a team SSC Girls placed 5th.

2001 River Cities Conference Cross Country Meet: 
Results Online
Mesuidi Emerson repeats as the River Cities Conference champion. We won in a time of 16:15, which is 7 seconds faster than his victory from a year ago. The other medalist on the day is Ivan Morelos finishing in 10th place with a personal best time of 17:39. His time today puts him just over a minute and half better at this time last year on the same course. 
The JV was lead by Titus Jensen and Melusi Ngeleka. Both set personal bests today, finishing in 15th and 16th places. 

2001 Crofton Cross Country Invite:
Girls Varsity & JV Results | Boys Varsity & JV Results | Girls & Boys Middle School Results   
Boys varsity finished runner up at the Crofton Invite, while the JV squad claimed a team victory. The varsity had 3 medalist in the top 15, with Cobe Albertson placing 15th, Ivan Morelos placing 8th, and Mesuidi Ejerso finishing runner-up.  The JV was lead by senior Aidan Arneson. Also placing in the top 5 were Titus Jensen in 3rd and Melusi Ngeleka in 4th. 
Next up for the Cardinals is the home meet, the Koebernick Invite on Thursday, Sept. 30th. Over 25 teams from 3 different states will be represented at Covington Golf Course. Racing beings at 4 pm! 

2001 Blair Invitational: Boys & Girls Full Results

2001 Fremont Cross Country Invite:  Boys & Girls Full Results
While both the varsity and JV teams finished 6th overall today at the Fremont invite, that was not a good indicator of how great a day it was for the team. The varsity was only 12 points short of a 4th place finish. Also, 12 of the boys set their personal bests and the other 3 boys all set season bests. This bodes well for the rest of the season. The day was highlighted by our lone medalist Hunde who finished 5th in a top class A field. His time of 16:02 is not only a 20 second PB, but it gives him the fastest time of any Cardinal on the Fremont course and catapults him to #3 all-time on all courses. He now sits behind only 2016 state champion and runner up Abdul Mohamed and Osman Geele. 

2021 Plattsmouth Cross Country Invite:
  Boys and Girls Full Results
SSC boys cross country team placed 5th at the Plattsmouth Invite with a team score of 72. It was a solid team battle and the guys finished well despite our #3 runner not being able to finish the race. Hunde lead the way with his second 1st place finish in as many meets. His time of 17:12 was only 2 seconds off his personal best for the course, which was muddy on spots. Ivan was our 2nd runner again this meet medaling with a 7th place finish. He took nearly a minute and a half off his previous best to run 18:37. Julio and Remedan rounded out the scoring finishing 31st and 33rd. In the boys JV race Aidan Arneson lead the way with a seasons best time of 20:25 to finish 7th.

2021 Boys & Girls Heelan Cross Country Invite: 
Boys Varsity Results | Girls Varsity Results | Boys & Girls JV Results  
It was a great season opener for boys. The varsity finished with 5 in the top 16 to claim the team title. Mesuidi Ejerso (Jr) lead the way finishing 1st in 16:51 and Ivan Morelos (So) finished in 5th. Cobe Albertson, Julio Lopez, and Remedan Abdulahi rounded out the scoring. This was Julio and Remedan’s first varsity meet experience.  On the JV side the team just missed a runner up finish by 4 points. Titus Jensen, Salah Mohamed, and Jose Garcia all finished in the top 15. Melusi Ngeleka and Tyrese Gill rounded out the scoring for the JV. Salah, Melusi and Tyrese all ran their first high school cross country along with fellow freshman Michigan Lepi Ngoma.  





These 2020 Cross Country Photos by Gene Knudsen. More at knudsenphotos.com.

2020 Boys & Girls Cross Country Results

2020 Nebraska State Cross Country Meet:   Boys & Girls State Results
The boys team had a solid showing and finished 8th in the Class B State Meet. The team was led by Mesuidi Ejerso with a 7th place finish, capturing his first state medal. His time of 16:50 was 21 seconds faster than his time at last year's state meet. Rounding out the scoring was Moises Lupercio in 26th, Juan Balderas in 38th, and Aidan Arneson in 56th place.
Ashley Hedquist led the Lady Cardinals with a career best race in Kearney, coming home with a 10th Place Medal and finishing with a career best time of 20:11.7 (SSC School record for Kearney Country Club). Senior Emane Ahmed capped off a spectacular season with a 16th place finish, running 20:26. Both girls worked very hard this season and definitely deserve the success that they achieved!

2020 Nebraska B-2 District Cross Country Meet:  Boys & Girls Race Results Online   
Girls Team / Girls Results / Boys Team / Boys Results   
The Cardinal's Boys XC team finished 3rd at the NE B-2 District meet, and punched their ticket to the NE State XC Meet on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 in Kearney. It was a very close and exciting race. The Cardinals were only 6 points out of 1st place. Mesuidi Ejerso once again led the way finishing 1st in a time of 16:31. He heads to the state meet next week as one of the top runners in contention for an individual state title. The senior duo of Moises Lupercio and Juan Balderas also placed inside the top 15 with Moises finishing in 5th and Juan finishing 13th. Both seniors will be eyeing top 15 finishes next week at the state meet.

2020 River Citites Conference Cross Country Meet:  All Race Results  
The boys team finished runner up with 4 runners placing in the top 15. The Cards were led once again with another individual victory by sophomore Mesuidi Ejerso. He was able to overcome Skutts Ryan Zavadil in the last mile of the race. The senior trio of Moises Lupercio, Juan Balderas, and Dhugomsa Mohammed finished in 6th, 12th, and 14th places.
Seniors in the JV ran their last race in a Cardinal XC uniform. Harrison Hawkins finished in 19th in 19:35, Bryan Le finished in 27th with a 20:32, and Diego Escalante finished 38th in 21.29. Senior Ismael Vera-Marin was not able to compete this week due to injury. Luckily he was able to finish his season at our home course last week in a life best of 25:26. This group of seniors have great leadership and have worked extremely hard. They will be sorely missed.

2020 City Cross Country Invite:
JV Girls Results / JV Boys Results / Varisty Girls Results / Varsity Boys Results  
The SSC Boys XC team won the 2020 Cross Country City Meet hosted at Covington Golf Course. Mesuidi Ejerso (10) won the varsity boys race with a lifetime best of 16:23. Seniors Moises Lupercio and Juan Balderas placed 4th and 6th, while Junior Aidan Arneson rounded out the scoring for the Cards by breaking the 18 minute barrier for the 1st time. Rodrigo Lopez-Rodriguez also won the JV race with a time of 19:08.

2020 Crofton Cross Country Invite:
Girls Varsity & JV Results / Boys Varsity & JV Results / Middle School Results   
Great day for Cardinals Boys XC teams. The varsity finished 1st while the JV finished runner-up. Rodrigo Lopez Rodriguez finished in 4th place in the JV race, while freshman Ivan Morelos finished runner-up. The runner-up theme continued with Mesuidi Ejerso finishing 2nd in the varsity race. 4 other Cardinals also placed in the top 15. Moises Lupercio in 4th, Juan Balderas 7th, Dhugomsa Mohammed 11th, and Aidan Arneson in 15th. Next up for the Cardinals is the City Meet at Covington Golf Course.

2020 Columbus Cross Country Invite: 
JV Team Results / JV Boys Individual Results / Varsity Team Results / Varsity Individual Results    
Great day in Columbus!  Varsity boys finished in 3rd place, while the JV boys finished runners-up.  Mesuidi Ejerso and Moises Lupercio received 3rd place and 11th place medals respectively in the boys varsity race. In the JV race, Harrison Hawkins got 6th place with Cobe Albertson winning the race! Overall times were fantastic.

2020 Plattsmouth Cross Country Invitational:   2020 Plattsmouth Full Girls & Boys Results   
The SSC boys XC team finished runner up to Mt. Michael by 4 points. The boys placed 3 in the top 15. Sophomore Mesuidi Ejerso won the individual title with a time of 17:10.74. Senior Moises Lupercio finished 4th with a time of 17:56.71. Senior Dhugomsa Mohammed placed 14th with a time of 18:44.35. Senior Juan Balderas rounded out the scoring with an 18th place finish in 18:52.27.  The JV boys team finished in 3rd place behind Mt. Michael and Blair with Rodrigo Lopez Rodriguez in 8th place (19:49.52), Ivan Morelos in 11th place (20.05.03), and Jose Garcia in 15th (20:31.76).


 





2019 Cross Country 
Photos by Gene Knudsen. More at knudsenphotos.com.

2019 Boys & Girls Cross Country Results

2019 Cross Country A-2 District Meet:   A-2 District Girls & Boys Results   
The boys cross country team finished their season on a high note by placing 5th at the class A2 district meet. Despite a couple of runners competing with injuries, they managed to edge out Millard North who was seeded ahead of them by one point. Leading the way for the team and punching his ticket to his first state meet was freshmen standout Mesuidi Ejerso. He finished 7th in a time of 17:23. Senior Diego Perez ran his first varsity race, scored for the team as our 4th runner, and managed to beat Millard North's 4th runner by 2 places and secure the team 5th place. Also, scoring for the Cardinals were Juan Balderas in 29th, Moises Lupercio in 30th, and Dhugomsa Mohammed in 46th. Mesuidi will compete next Friday in the Class A race set to go off at 1:30 pm in Kearney.

2019 River Cities Conference Cross Country Meet:   RCC Full Results Web Page
The boys varsity team placed 3rd and JV placed 2nd at the RCC meet hosted by Mount Michael. For the varsity, all 6 runners had season best times, while managing to place 4 in the top 15. Scoring for the Cardinals was Moises Lupercio 15th, Juan Balderas 14th, Javier Alvarez 13th, and Mesuidi Ejerso 6th. The varsity group had a great battle with Mount Michael but fell just short of 2nd place by 8 points.
The JV team was lead by Diego Perez who finished 4th and will be joining the varsity when they compete in the A-2 District meet.  Also, placing in the top 15 of the JV race were Aidan Arneson in 13th and Rodrigo Lopez in 9th.

2019 Crofton Cross Country Invite:
Girls Var & JV Results  |  Boys Var & JV Results  |  Mixed 2K Middle School Results  
South Sioux City boys cross country team won both the varsity and JV races today in Crofton. The varsity placed 5 in the top 10 to best Hartington-Newcastle 20 to 42. Scorers were Mesuidi Ejerso (9) in 3rd, Javier Alvarez (11) in 4th, Moises Lupercio (11) in 6th, Said Khalif (12) in 9th, and Juan Balderas (11) in 10th. The JV managed an even more impressive feat, placing 4 in the top 5. Octavio Soria (12) was 5th, Aidan Arneson (10) was 4th, Rodrigo Lopez-Rodriguez was 2nd, and the winner of the JV race was Diego Perez (12).
The next meet for the Running Cardinals is our home meet the Marsha Koebernick Invite Thursday Oct. 3rd

2019 Blair Cross Country Invite:   Boys & Girls Full Results  
The boys varsity team finished runner-up behind Omaha Skutt Catholic at the Blair Invite. Skutt is the defending Nebraska Class B boys state champions. Scoring for the Cards were Mesuidi Ejerso (Fr.) in 5th, Javier Alvarez (Jr.) in 7th, Moises Lupercio (Jr.) in 12th, and Juan Balderas (Jr.) in 13th.  Mirroring the varsity as they have all season, the JV team also finished runner-up with 4 Cards placing in the top 10. Fathi Jalil (Jr.) in 5th, Aidan Arneson (So.) in 6th, Rodrigo Lopez-Rodriguez (So.) in 7th, and Diego Perez Bacerra (Sr.) in 10th.

2019 Fremont Cross Country Invite:  Boys & Girls Full Results

2019 Plattsmouth Cross Country Invite:  Plattsmouth Results
The Cardinal varsity squad was once again lead by freshmen Mesuidi Ejerso with a 6th place finish in 18:10. Juniors Javier Alvarez and Juan Balderas rounding out the placers in the varsity race with 14th and 15th place finishes. Moises Lupercio was the 4th scorer for the Cards finishing in 17th place and helping the team to their 2nd straight 3rd place finish. The varsity finished the race just 11 points out of 2nd behind conference rivals Mt. Michael. The JV was lead by sophomore Vincent Ibarra. This was his first race of the season and finished in 16th place with a time of 21:03. The Running Cards compete again next Thursday at Fremont.

2019 Heelan Cross Country Invite:   JV Girls | JV Boys | Varsity Girls | Varsity Boys 
Great start to the season with a pair of 3rd place finishes for the varsity and JV squads. With 4 medalist on the day the varsity team finished just 8 points out of 2nd place. The were lead by freshmen Mesuidi Ejerso with a 4th place finish in 17:26. The other three medalist are juniors. Javier Alvarez 6th in 17:45, Juan Balderas 13th in 18:21, and Moises Lupercio 14th in 18:24. The JV squad was also paced by a newcomer, Cobe Albertson (So.) with a 4th place finish. Senior Diego Perez-Bacerra closed quickly over the last mile to also medal in 8th place.





2018 Cross Country
 - Photos by Gene Knudsen. More photos are available at knudsenphotos.com.

2018 Boys & Girls Cross Country Results

2018 NE State Cross Country Meet:
Class B Boys Results | SSC's Zekeriya Abdela (Sr) finished in 6th place and is a 3 time state medalist!
Class B Girl's Results | SSC's Sadie Rocha (Sr) was the Lady Cardinals top finisher in 58th place

2018 District Cross-Country Results:  
Varsity Girls | Varsity Boys  

2018 SSC-Marsha Koebernick Memorial Cross-Country Invitational Results:  
JV Girls | JV Boys | Varsity Girls | Varsity Boys  

2018 Blair Cross Country Invite
Boys & Girls Full Results

2018 Fremont Invite
Boys & Girls Full Results

2018 Plattsmouth Cross Country Invite
JV Girls | JV Boys | Varsity Girls | Varisty Boys  

2018 Heelan-SYA Cross Country Invite
JV Girls | JV Boys | Varsity Girls | Varsity Boys 

2017 Boys & Girls Cross Country Results

2017 SSC-Marsha Koebernick Memorial Cross-Country Invitational Results: 
JV Girls | JV Boys | Varsity Girls | Varsity Boys  

2017 Fremont Invite:  2017 Fremont Results  Our girls were in action yesterday at Valley View Golf Course for the Fremont Invite. This meet was set up in two divisions- a 9-10 race, and a 11-12 race. In the 9-10 race, Emane Ahmed continues to cut huge amounts of time in each race she runs, clocking a 21:55 to take 9th place in that division. In the 11-12 division, our girls ran very well, putting 5 in the top 19, but it wasn't quite enough to take the team title, as we finished 7 points out of first place. Sadie Rocha led the way with a season best time of 21:05 to take 5th, and Marybeth Rasmussen ran the best race of her career to take 14th place with a 22:17. Zoe Cigard was 16th, Kaley Rivera was 18th and Ximena Alvarez was 19th. We had many season best times yesterday! Next up is Norfolk next Friday.

2017 Plattsmouth Invite:   2017 Plattsmouth Results   The girls were in action Thursday, Aug. 31st at the always difficult Plattsmouth Invite. It's a great meet to go to, because there are so many teams and individuals there who are going to be placing at the state meet in October. This season's race included 7 returning state medalists, 7 teams that qualified for the State XC meet last season, and 2 individual state champions. Sadie Rocha led the way for us again with a great race, finishing in 10th place with a time of 21:27. Senior Zoe Cigard is continuing to figure out how to run a cross country race, and was our second finisher with a time of 23:00. Freshman Emane Ahmed, in her first varsity race, was our 3rd finished, covering the 5000 meters in 23:14. Kaley Rivera was our final scorer, running 23:50. Our times were definitely better than they were a year ago for the girls who ran both years.

2017 Heelan Cross Country Invite:   2017 JV Heelan Results  |  2017 Girls Varsity Heelan Results  |  2017 Boys Varsity Heelan Results   
I thought the girls ran very well for the first meet of the year. We had to deal with a 40 minute weather delay where the girls were called to the line 3 different times, only to be sent back due to lightning. We handled it as well as we could have I think. Junior Sadie Rocha led the way with a 10th place time of 20:16, Marybeth Rasmussen was our 2nd runner (22:42), followed by Ximena Alvarez (22:53), Kaley Rivera (22:55), Zoe Cigard (24:04), Tuenedi Villicana (24:04), and Ashley Rios (25:33). The girls finished 5th in the team scoring. In the JV race, we were led by 2 freshmen: Emane Ahmed finished 3rd, covering a shorter 4k course in 20:11. Yesenia Balderas was 7th in 20:49. Great job girls!

2016 Boys & Girls Cross Country Results

2016 SSC/Koebernick Cross Country Invitational:  Results not provided

2016 Fremont Cross Country Invite:
Fr/So Girls Results  |  Fr/So Boys Results  |  Jr/Sr Girls Results  |  Jr/Sr Boys Results
The girls competed well at the Fremont Invite;  leading the way for the Cardinals was sophomore Sadie Rocha, running a personal best time of 21:50 to finish 7th in the 9-10 division race. Senior Maddie Niemeier was our top 11-12 division finisher, earning a 10th place medal with her time of 22:15. There were a lot of great teams there, and our 9-10 grade runners finished 5th in the team race, and our 11-12 runners were 4th! Next up is Norfolk on Friday!

FR/SO Boys
1. Fremont 31
2. South Sioux 81
3. Elk South 85
4. Bennington 129
5. Columbus 138
6. Elkhorn 156
7. Papillion LV 165
8. Omaha NW 169
9. Omaha North 200
JR/SR Boys
1. Fremont 22
2. Papillion LV 53
3. South Sioux 102
4. Columbus 111
5. Elkhorn 127
6. Elkhorn South 151
7. Omaha North 165
8. Omahan NW 188
 

2016 Plattsmouth Invite:  JV Results | Varisty Results  The girls started the season off at the Plattsmouth Invite - a meet that brings together many very good cross country teams. We had 22 girls run their first cross country race, so we were a little anxious as to how the team would perform. They held up great, and despite not having a full varsity squad, we scored better than we did last year. Leading the way for the girls was sophomore Sadie Rocha, completing her first cross country race in 22:12 to finish in 14th place.