Harriers Compete Well At Humboldt Invitational
HUMBOLDT – The Emmetsburg Cross Country teams traveled to Humboldt Monday for action. For the Lady E-Hawk runners, the day was most productive with all three girls squads earning third place finishes. The Varsity and Middle School E-Hawk boys would both finish 10th out of 20 teams in their division and the Junior Varsity E-Hawk boys finished 11th.
“All the ladies teams finished in third place out of 20 schools Monday night!!” noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Valerie Pickett. “This is outstanding when you look at the field of competition. These kids just keep stepping it up and setting that bar even higher!”
Competing in their second meet of the year, the Middle School girls were again led by Isabella Householder, who finished fourth with a time of 14:15. Raylene Poeppe was fifth in a time of 14:25 and Taylor Steinkamp earned a seventh place finish with a time of 14:37. Allison Fischer would finish with a 17:12 clocking, good for 55th place, while Maggie Nelson was 65th in 17:54 and Isabel Nichols finished 102nd with a time of 20:47.
The Lady E-Hawk Junior Varsity girls were paced by Mary Nelson, who earned sixth place with a time of 25:09, while Jamie Bird finished 11th in 26:36. Courtney Wurzer earned 15th place in 27:06 and Emily fuller finished in 28th place with a 28:34 effort. Hannah Merwald turned in a time of 28:46 to finish 30th overall, while Sara Fusco was 39th in 30:07 and Kristen Kassel finished 57th in 33:07.
The Lady E-Hawk varsity runners were paced by their younger runners on Monday. Raven Brown led the team effort with a ninth place finishing time of 22:08, while Gabrielle Janssen finished 21st in 23:00. Ashley Overberg would finish 23rd in 23:06, while Hailey Foxhoven was 31st in 23:23. Shelby Loomis finished 32nd in a time of 23:26, while Jordan Hoyman was 43rd in 24:08 and Jordan Lange was 63rd in a time of 25:14.
“Our ladies are now ranked fifth in 2A. There are 70 schools in Class 2A and we are the smallest school,” Coach Pickett noted. “To be this far up in the rankings at this point in the season gives me goosebumps. I can’t wait to see how these ladies continue to get after it.”
The Middle School boys would be led by Cade Jacobson’s 15th place finish in a time of 13:22. Isaac Janssen was 22nd in 13:46. Jacob Frields would finish with a 15:13 clocking, good for a 58th place finish. Alex Laubenthal finished 90th in 16:44, while Ryerson Boevers was 111th in 17:31. Jonah Morlock would finished 149th in 20:04 and Jackson Lowman was 165th in a time of 24:07.
The E-Hawk Junior Varsity boys were paced by Chris Nichols’ personal best time of 22:42, which was good for a 48th place finish. Alex Gray finished 50th with a 22:$5 time and Dalton Hauschen was 60th in a time of 23:04. Jordan Wiley earned a 96th place finish in 24:20, while Brennan Duhn would finish 103rd with a 24:40 clocking. Jan Meier finished 104th in a time of 24:42 and Jordan Ruff was 136th in 26:21.
Emmetsburg’s Varsity boys were paced by Cruz Bowman, who finished 15th in a time of 18:06, while Dawson Carlson was 32nd as he set a new personal best effort of 19:13. Adam Deitering finished 70th in 20:27, and Aaron Hutchison finished 76th in 20:36. Adam Berkland would finished 84th in a time of 20:59, while Michael Frerichs finished 93rd with a time of 21:43 and Takoda Harris finished 99th in 22:03.
“The varsity boys and Middle School boys finished 10th out of 20 and the JV boys 11th ouf of 20. Again, finishing halfway up with these kinds of teams is a huge accomplishment and one that should be applauded.” Coach Pickett noted. “I am proud of how they went out and attacked this challenging course and the times the kids turned in were pretty impressive! To have two Personal Records on this course is crazy to think about but somehow Dawson Carlson and Chris Nichols made it happen!”
Coach Pickett continued, “Cruz Bowman cracked into the top 30 individual rankings in 2A. Again, a huge accomplishment when you think about we are the smallest out of 70 schools. Each school has 7 runners so there are about 490 runners in 2A. The state believes Cruz is the 26th best out of these runners!”