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Solid Efforts, Tough Competition At Algona Invite

By Staff | Sep 30, 2010

WHITTEMORE – With a near-perfect day to run and an exceptional field of competition, Emmetsburg’s Cross Country teams turned in good times at Monday’s Algona Invitational. The event was run at the Whittemore Golf and Country Club.

With 18 girls teams competing at the varsity level and 17 boys teams, the field of competitors was on par with that found at the state championships.

Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks would bring home a 14th place finish overall in the team standings. The young Lady E-Hawk squad was led on Monday by freshman Taylor Reimer, who would turn in a time of 19:06, good for 76th place. Hadley Egland would be clocked in at 19:44, which translated into the 81st place finishing position.

Kristi Wurzer would earn a finish of 96th with her effort of 20:41, while exchange student Veronika Schoerner would place 104th with a time of 21:11.

Rachel Ruddy was just a few steps behind her teammate with a time of 22:47 to finish in 105th place and Madison Reimer would finish in 107th place with a time of 22:52.

For the E-Hawk varsity boys, a 15th place finish overall in the team race was the reward for their efforts on Monday.

Allen Dunnick led the E-Hawks by earning a 47th place finish in a time of 18:33, while Chad Loomis was 60th in 18:47. Zach Overberg would finish in 62nd place with a time of 18:48, while Max Jones earned a 94th place finish in 20:47.

Daniel Pelzer returned to the lineup after an injury and would complete the course in a time of 23:54, good for 108th finishing position.

Emmetsburg’s Middle School runners also participated in the meet on Monday.

Caroline Fantz would earn a 14th place finish in the girls’ division by finishing in a time of 14:22 and Olivia Smith would finish in 21st place with a time of 14:54. Shinaz Kendi rounded out the efforts with a time of 19:27, good for 87th place.

“It was a great day to run and this is a good course,”?noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Dan Dooley. “I thought everyone ran very well because there is a lot of tough competition in this meet, and that pushes you to work harder. We need to keep working on our speed as we get closer to the district meet.”