SPENCER?- On a near perfect evening for running, Emmetsburg's Cross Country teams made a statement in their season opener that they will be teams to be reckoned with this season.
Coach Valerie Pickett's Lady E-Hawk varsity squad earned second overall and the E-Hawk varsity boys would finish seventh in their division, while the JV?girls won their event and the JV?boys placed fifth.
"It was an awesome night for us!!" Coach Valerie Pickett said following the meet. "This was a great first outing and a huge improvement from the last time we were at this meet, which was in 2012.. We were competitive in all the races and left it all on the course."
For the Lady E-Hawks, Mikki Mundus would provide the spark for the afternoon, as she set a new personal record on her way to a fourth place overall finish with a time of 16;48.
Tara Harris would finish tenth overall with a time of 17:12, while Ashley Overberg earned 13th place with a time of 17:22. Caroline Fantz had a strong showing with a time of 17:49, which translate to 22nd place for the senior.
Darion Helle set a personal best time on Tuesday as she ran an 18:08, which was good for 26th place. Alexa Naig added an 18:37 for 38th place and Shelby Loomis rounded out the varsity effort with a time of 19:14, good for the 48th finishing place.
Overall, Emmetsburg would finish second behind Spencer and ahead of Okoboji in the varsity girls division.
The E-Hawk varsity boys got an eighth place finish from Nick Grandstaff on their way to a seventh place finish in the 12-team field on Tuesday. Grandstaff would run a time of 17:28 to lead the E-Hawks, while Lucas Gallardo set a personal record with his time of 18:14, which was good for 18th place.
Zach Mason set a personal best time with a 19:41 clocking that gave him 46th place on the day. Daniel VanOosbree would finish 57th with a time of 20:42, while Aaron Hutchison earned a personal best time of 20:44 on his way to a 58th place finish.
Cole Jackson placed 63rd in 21:22 and Christian Strohman would finish 68th with a time of 22:13.
Junior Varsity Results
The Lady E-Hawk Junior Varsity came home as the winning team out of the 12-team field, as three runners finished in the top 10.
Leading the way for the girls was Jordan Hoyman with an 18:54 for third place, while Courtney Wurzer finished fourth in 18:57, a new personal record. Jordan Lange earned seventh place with a time of 19:09 and Mary Nelson finished 17th overall with a time of 20:20, a new personal record.
Alison Gould would finish 21st in 20:46, while Alli Enriquez turned in a 20:44 to finish 22nd overall. Emily Bonnstetter was 23rd in 20:46 and Laura Moser set a new personal best effort with her time of 23:33, which was good for 64th place. Ema Enriquez would round out the effort with a time of 27:33, good for 72nd place.
For the E-Hawk Junior Varsity, a fifth place finish would be the end result of the day's efforts. Jas Jamison led the JV boys with a 21:04 time, which translated into 17th place, while Dalton Hauschen finished 39th in 22:54. Joe Schmidt set a personal best with his 22:56 clocking, good for 40th place. Jordan Wiley also set a personal best with a time of 23:10 to finish 43rd.
Cooper Hofstad set a personal best time of 23:12 to finish 44th and Michael Frerichs set a personal best with his 23:37 effort, good for 49th place.
Jake Miller would finish 51st with a time of 23:41, a personal best effort, while Alex Gray set a personal best with a time of 23:53, good for 54th place and Takoda Harris set a personal best mark with his effort of 24:38 to finish 58th overall.
The Emmetsburg Cross Country teams will continue their seasons next Thursday, Sept. 4, when they travel to Milford to compete in the Okoboji Invitational. The event will be run at the Woodlyn Hills Golf Course east of Milford. Junior Varsity action will begin at 4:30 p.m.