EAGLE?GROVE - Emmetsburg's Lady E-Hawks earned a fourth place finish at Tuesday's Dick Bell Invitational at the Eagle Grove Country Club. The E-Hawk boys also had a strong showing, as the finished sixth and set three new personal records during the event.
For the Lady E-Hawks, the team beat fourth-ranked Eagle Grove for the second time this season in meet action. Emmetsburg was paced on Tuesday by the 13th place finish of Mikki Mundus, who earned a medal with her time of 17.50. Taylor Reimer finished 15th with a time of 17:54, also earning a medal, while Tara Harris took 17th place and medaled with a time of 18:00.
Emily Bonnstetter would earn a medal with her time of 18:34 for 24th place, while Maura Soukup finished 26th and medaled with a time of 18:42.
Caroline Fantz finished 29th with a time of 18:56 and earned a medal and Rachel Ruddy rounded out the varsity placings with her time of 20:21, good for the 42nd finishing position.
Emmetsburg's Junior Varsity girls were led by Madison Reimer's time of 20:44, good for 27th place, while Kiersten Aldous finished 58th with a time of 23:40 and Ema Enriquez finished 68th with a time of 28:29.
"On the girls side, we beat fourth ranked Eagle Grove again and closed the gap on Bishop Garrigan,"?noted Coach Val Pickett. "The girls are feeling pretty sore and beat up, so I am very happy with how we ran."
The Emmetsburg boys had a strong showing in a tough field of competitors, earning the sixth place finish in the eight-team field, beating out Mason City Newman and Belmond-Klemme.
Nick Grandstaff would set a new personal record on the season as he finished in 18:51, good for 13th overall and a medal finish. Austin Cole finished 31st, a new personal record with his 20:04 clocking. Michael Pugh turned in a time of 20:38 to finish 42nd overall.
Daniel VanOosbree would finish with a time of 21:45, good for 48th place as he set a new personal record time. Lane Smith finished with a 23:47 to place 53rd overall and Michael Clasing finished with a time of 26:14, good for 55th place.
"The guys had three Personal Records on a very tough course," Coach Pickett noted. "I'm excited to see how fast they can continue to get."
With the announcement of District assignments on Monday, it was good news for both squads.
"We were assigned to go back to Holstein for the State Qualifying meet again this year," Coach Pickett noted. "We ran the course earlier this season and the kids enjoyed it. They are excited. Our miles are going to steadily drop from now until then, so hopefully the small injuries and soreness will fade away by that point!"
The cross country teams run next Tuesday at Storm Lake Invitational.