Chickasaws take down Crestwood meet for second win of season

New Hampton's Usher takes first on hilly course

The final stretch of real estate to reach the finish line on Saturday at the Cresco Golf and Country Club is a doozy.

The daunting hill at Crestwood’s home cross country meet has turned champions into mere mortals on several occasions.

“It separates the men from the boys, if you will,” said New Hampton head coach Jamie Ohrt. “That’s what cross country’s about is hills. It’s not all groomed flat courses and it shouldn’t be.”

Dylan Usher ran up that steep incline with a purpose this past weekend and made sure his Chickasaws reached another mountain-top goal in what is turning out to be a special 2021 season.

“This will be the best shot we have at going to state as a team in a long time,” said Usher. “This year we’ve done things that we haven’t done in years. There’s a lot of good signs.”

Usher was all by his lonesome when he crossed the tape first in 18:19. That was almost 30 seconds faster than runner-up Dominic Bigalk of Crestwood.

“I was kind of all on my own today,” said Usher, a state qualifier for New Hampton last season as a junior.

— For more on this story, see the Oct. 5 Tribune

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