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Emmetsburg Harriers Ready For State XC Championships

By Staff | Oct 29, 2015

STATE?QUALIFIERS - The Lady E-Hawks qualified as a team for this Saturday’s State Cross Country Championships in Fort Dodge. In front from left to right are Jordan Hoyman, Jordan Lange, Ashley Overberg and Darion Helle. In back from left to right are Hannah Merwald, Shelby Loomis, Mary Nelson, Kristen Kassel and Alli Enriquez. . -- submitted photo

When Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks and two members of the E-Hawk boys Cross Country Team travel to Fort Dodge this Saturday, it will be another chance for several outstanding athletes to leave their mark on the Cross Country Program at Emmetsburg. For the Lady E-Hawks, as second place finishers at the West Sioux Regional last Thursday, they will be one of the favored teams going into Saturday’s State Cross Country Championships.

“Having the ladies qualify three years in a row is a great feeling,” noted Emmetsburg Cross Country Coach Valerie Pickett. “We are doing something right and this group of girls is tough. No one graduates either, which is awesome.”

Leading the way for the Lady E-Hawks will be juniors Ashley Overberg and Jordan Lange, who both qualified as individuals at last week’s Regional meet.

Overberg earned third place at the regional, while Lange finished tenth. Overall, the Lady E-Hawks earned second place behind Fort Dodge St. Edmond.

Other members of the Lady E-Hawk team who will run on Saturday in the Class 1A competition include Darion Helle, Jordan Hoyman, Hannah Merwald, Mary Nelson and Shelby Loomis. Alli Enriquez and Kristen Kassel will be alternates for the squad.

For Emmetsburg’s boys, a scant four points denied the E-Hawk team a return trip to the state meet. However, Senior Nick Grandstaff would earn an individual qualification by virtue of his eighth place finish at the boys’ District meet in Hawarden last Thursday. Joining Grandstaff at Fort Dodge will be Cruz Bowman, who finished 15 to earn the final individual qualification at the Hawarden meet.

“The boys fell short by four points,”?Coach Pickett said. “Last year, we managed to edge out two very strong teams and qualified by three points. This year was the reverse of that. The boys have worked hard and have pushed the pace more than ever in practice this season. But in the end, it just wasn’t their year.”

Saturday will see the girls running at 2 p.m.and the boys running at 2:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Golf Course in Kennedy Park, north of Fort Dodge.