E-Hawk Harriers Run Well In First Outing Of Season
After being postponed for a week, the cross country season opened Thursday night at Milford for Emmetsburg’s harriers. The Lady E-Hawks would kick off their season in fine fashion with a second place finish at the Okoboji invitational, while the E-Hawk boys earned sixth place team finish in the 12-team field.
The Lady E-Hawks collected four placings in the top 20 on Thursday, being led by freshman Ashley Overberg, who claimed ninth place with a 17:40 clocking. Junior Tara Harris finished 13 in 18:11, while senior Taylor Reimer placed 16th with an 18:16 clocking and freshman Jordan Hoyman added a 19th place finish with a time of 18:23.
Senior Rachel Ruddy added an 18:55 clocking to place 23rd, while juniors Madeleine Mueller finished 40th with a 20:35 and Caroline Fantz earned 42nd place with a 20:50 clocking.
“We had great improvements and strides as compared to last year. Our girls are running very strong right now,” noted Emmetsburg Coach Valerie Pickett. “Tara cut over 2:00 off of last years’ time and Taylor cut 1:30. I can’t believe how much faster they are already! Rachel cut over a minute off of last years’ time at this meet. She is only seven seconds away from running her personal best time!
Pickett continued, “the girls have really put in a lot of work and you can tell in the results. We were able to come away with four medals, the same as last year, but we looked much stronger overall.” The girls finished in second place out of 14 teams with 80 points.”
For the E-Hawk boys, determination was the word of the meet for sophomore Nick Grandstaff, as he earned a sixth place finish in a time of 18:41, and accomplished that feat after losing one shoe in the first 100 yards of the race, forcing him to run with one shoe the other foot in just a sock.
Freshman Carson Clark would finish in 28th place with a time of 20:34, while junior Daniel Van Oosbree followed him with a time of 21:26 to place 42nd.
Freshman Cole Jackson would finish 49th in 22:18, while Jas Jamison finished 50th with a 22:19 and Lane Smith added a 22:37, while Dillon VanOosbree capped off the varsity effort with a time of o25:03, good for a 61st place finish.
“Nick put in so much work this summer and it showed. He finished 20th last year and cut over 2:00 minutes off from last year. He also managed to run his best time ever for a new personal record.” Pickett noted. “Carson ran a great race. He will be a huge asset over the season for the team. Dan also ran really well. He cut over 2:00 off his time and is only 0:15 from his personal record. “Cole Jackson, Jas Jamison, and Lane Smith helped each other out along with Dillon VanOosbree and this team has come so far in a short amount of time. We have a lot of new faces on the squad and they are helping our returners reach new heights. We are so far ahead of where we were at compared to this time last year”
In the JV action, Jordan Lange finished fourth in 19:58, while Queen Mukami was fifth in 20:18.
Shelby Loomis was 10th in21:04, while Alison Gould finished 12th with a time of 21:21. Kiersten Aldous ran a 26:54 for 37th place and Charlotte Wolden was 40th with a 28.29 effort.
The JV boys were led by Will Jackson. with a 24:17 for 37th place. Dalton Hauschen followed with a24:48 for 43rd place, while Conner Crosgrove placed 46th with a 25:00 time. Michael Clasing ran a 25:57 to finish 54th and Caige Elbert claimed 62nd place with a 26:44 clocking.
Junior High runners also participated on Thursday, with Courtney Wurzer, finishing 10th in the middle school girl’s race with a time of 16:35. Zach Mason ran 14:31 for 13th place. “This was a new meet for our middle school this year,” Coach Pickett said. “I think they ran well for their first outing and I look forward to seeing how both Courtney and Zach improve as the season progresses.”