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Emmetsburg Qualifies Lone Runner For State XC

By Staff | Oct 25, 2011

Olivia Smith sprints to the finish line at Thursday’s Class 1A District Cross Country meet, where she finished ninth and qualified to compete in this Saturday’s State Cross Country Championships. --Dan Voigt photo

HOLSTEIN?- “Each person made huge strides this year and I am very happy with the efforts they put forth. The kids all should be proud of themselves as well.”

Emmetsburg Cross Country Coach Valerie Pickett was rightfully proud and yet a little sad at the same time on Thursday afternoon at the Class 1A District Cross Country meet in Holstein.

The Lady E-Hawks will send freshman Oliva Smith to this Saturday’s State Meet in Fort Dodge, but missed sending the entire girls’ team by finishing fourth in the team race behind Sioux Centra, Bishop Garrigan and Gehlen Catholic of LeMars.

There was also heartbreak on the boys’ side as senior Zach Overberg would finish 12th overall, just out of the qualifying group, as the E-Hawk team earned a seventh place team finish overall.

For the Lady E-Hawks, after a year without representation at the state meet, there will be a Lady E-Hawk running the course at Kennedy Park on Saturday.

Freshman Olivia Smith would earn ninth place overall in the girls field of 116 runners, finishing with a 17:07.19 clocking to earn her first trip to the State Championships this Saturday.

Fellow freshman Caroline Fantz would finish in 16th place with a time of 17:42.50.

Taylor Reimer set a new personal best time on Thursday, running a 17:59.20 for the 26th finishing position.

The lone senior member of the Lady E-Hawks, Kristi Wurzer, also set a personal best time on her way to finishing 37th overall with her time of 18:32.20.

Rachel Ruddy would earn 50th place overall with a time of 19:04.08 in the event.

Hadley Egland returned to the lineup after an injury had sidelined her for the Lakes Conference meet, and turned in a time of 19:49.53 for the 67th finishing position.

Madison Reimer would round out the effort with a new personal best time from her 21:11.90 and 94th place finish.

“The girls showed a huge improvement this year, as last year they finished 15th at this meet and this year we were only one place away from qualifying for state as a team,”?Pickett said proudly. “They should be thrilled. Kristi Wurzer had an awesome last race for her senior year. She will be very tough to replace next year.”

For the E-Hawks, senior Zach Overberg tried to capture a top-ten finish, but came up a few ticks short as he finished 12th overall with a time of 17:28.91.

As a team, Emmetsburg would finish in seventh place out of the 20 boys teams competing in the event. West Lyon would finish first, followed by Trinity Christian and Alta-Aurelia.

Teammate Chad Loomis would finish 45th overall with a time of 18:37.97 and exchange student Marcel Pohlmann earned a 53rd place finish with his time of 18:58.78.

Max Jones would run a 19:10.64 to finish 58th overall, while Austin Lietz finished with a 19:15.81 clocking to earn a 60th place finish.

Dan Pelzer would finish in 63rd place with a time of 19:20.62 and Brett Steinkamp rounded out the Emmetsburg effort with his time of 21:53.92, the 118th place finish out of the field of 143 competitors.

“On the guys side, we peaked a week too early,” Pickett said. “It is tough to get everyone to peak at the same time and to all be on for the night. In order to qualify, everyone needed to improve upon last week’s times and we just had an off night, but they gave it everything they could. But all in all, it was a good night for the E-Hawks overall.”