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Lady E-Hawk Harriers Run Well At Eagle Grove Invite

By Staff | Oct 11, 2016

EAGLE?GROVE?- Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawk Cross Country runners enjoyed a strong night of competition last Tuesday at the Eagle Grove Invitational. But for the E-Hawk boys, injuries hobbled the squad in their outings Tuesday night.

The varsity Lady E-Hawks won the Small School division with 34 points. Raven Brown would lead the effort finishing third with a 20:35 time, while Ashley Overberg was fifth in 21:37. Gabrielle Janssen was sixth in 21:40, while Hailey Foxhoven placed seventh in 21:52. Jordan Hoyman was 13th in 22:45, while Shelby Loomis was 14th in 22:48 and Mary Nelson finished 27th in 24:07.

“An awesome night on the girls side!” noted Head Coach Valerie Pickett. “Raven Brown went out and attacked right away and did not want to let the lead girls go. The ladies she ran with an ranked in the top 15 in class 1A. It is great to see her close the gap on that caliber of a runner. Her teammates are following suit and it is going to be a great post-season for these ladies.”

In the junior varsity race, Jordan Lange won with a 23:45 time and Jamie Bird was second in 24:16. Courtney Wurzer finished fourth in 24:28 and Hannah Merwald placed seventh in 25:43. Emily Fuller placed eighth with a 25:57 clocking, while Sara Fusco was 11th in 28:28 and Kristen Kassel was 14th in 29:57.

The Middle School girls saw Izzy Householder finish first in 13:37 and Raylene Poeppe take second in 13:57. Allison Fischer would finish in a time of 15:42, while Maggie Nelson followed with a 15:49, a new personal best and Isabel Nichols turned in a 19:37 time.

For the E-Hawk boys, Cruz Bowman led the effort with a 13th place finish in 18:42. Dawson Carlson was 19th in 18:47, while Adam Berkland ran 25th in 19:24. Adam Deitering would turn in a 19:34 effort to finish 28th, while Aaron Hutchison was 35th in :19:59. Takoda Harris finished 49th in 21:21 and Dalton Hauschen was 68th in 22:16.

“The boys did not fare as well,” Coach Pickett admitted. “While looking great three days prior, they were hurting and just gutted out the race for us. Our boys side is really beat up right now and my main goal is to get them healthy for our State Qualifying meet coming up on October 20th. You will see these boys cross training more in the weeks to come in an attempt to get them healed up.”

The JV?boys were led by Alex Gray, who finished 16th in a time of 21:42. Brennan Duhn set a new personal best time with a 22:23 clocking to earn 20th place. Jan Meier would finish 28th with a 23:41 effort, while Jordan Ruff ran a 24-15 to finish 32nd and Chris Nichols would finish 42nd with a time of 25:51.

For the Middle School boys, Cade Jacobson led the effort with a 13:10 clocking, good for seventh place.

Isaac Janssen would finish with a 13:47 time and Jacob Frields followed with a15:18 effort. Alex Laubenthal ran a 15:41, while Ryerson Boevers ran a 16:43. Jonah Morlock finished with an 18:11 clocking and Jackson Lowman turned in a time of 23:31.

The E-Hawks will run the Lakes Conference meet this afternoon (Tuesday) at LeMars, and then will focus on the Class 2A Regional/District qualifying meet on Thursday, Oct. 20 at Garner-Hayfield.

“My job as a coach is to get them to remember that great day in Pocahontas.” Pickett said. “They can have that day again if they stay positive and stay aggressive. They can do it!”