HUMBOLDT - A tenth place ranking in Class 1A for the Lady E-Hawks of Emmetsburg helped pace Emmetsburg's girls to a fourth place finish at Monday's Humboldt Invitational. The continued improvement of times for the coach Valerie Pickett's Lady E-Hawks allowed them to crack the Iowa Association of Track Coaches rankings this week.
A total of seven new personal records were set by the ladies on Monday, starting with Mikki Mundus' mark of 17:38 for 35th place, which led the Emmetsburg varsity effort and earned the sophomore a medal for her efforts.
Caroline Fantz would finish 48th with a time of 17:56 and Taylor Reimer was 54th with a time of 18:01.
Emily Bonnstetter set a new personal record with an 18:03 time for 55th place, and Maura Soukup was 61st with an 18:15 clocking, a new personal best. Tara Harris also tallied a new personal best with a time of 18:19, good for 65th place, and Rachel Ruddy finished with a time of 20:16.
The girls Junior Varsity saw three new personal records on the day. Madison Reimer would lead the way with a 21:04 time for 37th place, while Alison Gould set a new personal best with a time of 21:05 for 38th place. Kiersten Aldous rejoined the ranks after an injury and set a personal record with a 22:47, good for 52nd place. Ema Enriquez would set a person record as well with her time of 27:13, good for 59th place.
Rounding out the girls' efforts was Middle School runner Courtney Wurzer, who finished 25th in a time of 15:13.
The E-Hawks boys Varsity had an outstanding day, as they set five new personal records with their efforts Monday evening.
Nick Grandstaff set a new record with his time of 19:35, which translated to 81st place. Austin Cole would finish in 111th place with a personal record time of 20:58, while Michael Pugh finished 117th in his personal record time of 21:32.
A personal record time of 22:00 gave Daniel Van Oosbree a 121st place finish and Lane Smith's time of 23:41, a person record, was good for 125th place.
Emmetsburg's Middle School boys, Zach Mason and Jordan Cole, also competed, with Mason finishing 44th in a time of 14:43 and Cole finishing 52nd in a time of 15:02.
"This was very tough competition on the ladies side,"?noted Head Coach Valerie Pickett. "We finished fourth for the 1A side, but rand some great times. To have six ladies under 18:20 at this point in the season is a very big deal! We are running strong right now and our focus is the district meet on Oct. 18."
Noting that last year, Emmetsburg's girls place 15th overall at Humboldt, Pickett continued, "The ladies are continuing to step it up and are running very strong as a team. We will have a couple more tough weeks of practice and then will start cutting back our miles so we can peak at the right time."
The Emmetsburg boys and girls Cross Country teams will run again next Monday afternoon, Sept. 24, when they compete in the Algona Invitational at the River Road Golf Course. Action will get underway at 4:30 p.m.