ALGONA - Monday night was a good night to run for the Emmetsburg Cross Country teams. The Lady E-Hawks and E-Hawks set 14 new personal best times, and earned ninth place in the 17-team field in the girls division and 16th in the boys division.
"It was a great meet Monday night," noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Valerie Pickett. "I was very pleased with everyone's efforts."
The Lady E-Hawks, ranked 12th in Class 1A by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches this week, were second in class 1A after Bishop Garrigan, finishing ahead of fourth-ranked Eagle Grove on Monday night. All seven of the varsity Lady E-Hawks set personal best marks in the outing.
Taylor Reimer led the way with a 17:05 time for 42nd place, while Emily Bonnstetter was 46th in 17:11. Caroline Fantz was 49th in 17:14 and Mikki Mundus finished 52nd in a time of 17:22. Tara Harris placed 66th with a time of 17:39, while Maura Soukup was 78th in 17:58 and Rachel Ruddy finished 110th with a time of 19:13.
In the Junior Varsity girls competition, Madison Reimer was 48th with a 20:11, a new personal best and Alison Gould set a new personal record with her 20:59 time, good for 65th place. Kiersten Aldous ran a 22:08 to finish 82nd, a new personal best and Ema Enriquez was 105th, with a time of 29:39.
Courtney Wurzer would finish the girls Middle School race with a time of 16:20, good for 72nd place.
In the boys varsity competition, Nick Grandstaff set a new personal best record on Monday, finishing 77th in a time of 18:56. Michael Pugh set a new personal best of 20:02 to place 98th, while Austin Cole's 20:15 time was good for 103rd place and a new personal best time.
Daniel VanOosbree finished 116th with a time of 22:27, while Lane Smith turned in a time of 22:47 to finish 117th and Michael Clasing set a personal best time with his finish of 25:03, good for 119th place in the varsity event.
The Emmetsburg Middle School boys also competed, with Jordan Cole finishing 18th in 13:29 and Zach Mason a tick behind in 19th place with a 13:31.
"We had lots of big personal records on the night,"?Pickett noted, "Just amazing times. Six girls are now unde r18:00! That's outstanding! The girls finished ninth in a very tough field fille with 4A and a lot of 3A schools."
Pickett continued, "The boys ran really good times as well. They went out and competed well and they continue to improve."
A trip to Eagle Grove awaits the harriers next Tuesday.
"Like I said last week, our focus is on Districts and if the kids keep dropping times like they are, it is going to be a very exciting night on October 18,"?Pickett concluded.