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South Hardin leads locals at Spartan Invite

Tiger freshman Lydia Rose matches record

September 21, 2012
By TYLER STRAND - T-R Sports Writer (tstrand@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

GRUNDY CENTER - A crisp, cool autumn air greeted runners at the Spartan Invite Thursday, signaling postseason cross country is fast approaching.

With just more than a month before state, the meet provided both a barometer for runners to test their mid-season fitness and an opportunity to vie for final varsity spots as injury and illness opened the door for others.

A school record-tying performance by Lydia Rose propelled Class 2A No. 13 ranked South Hardin to a fourth place finish with 99 points, while Grundy Center (135), North Tama (159) and Gladbrook-Reinbeck (162) grabbed the fifth through seventh slots in the girls field. Class 1A No. 7 Denver took the title with 33 points.

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South Hardin’s Lydia Rose pushes the pace on her way to a runner-up finish at Thursday’s Spartan Invite at Town & Country Golf Club in Grundy Center. Rose equaled the school record time of 15:36 set by Catherine Penning in 2009.

Rose matched the Tigers' school record of 15 minutes, 36 seconds set by Catherine Penning at the Union Invitational in 2009, to claim runner-up honors. Due to illness, South Hardin was without No. 2 runner Claire Damon though several others rose to the occasion.

"Both the boys and girls had a really nice outing. We needed people to step up and everyone did. If you told me that we were going to run this well tonight I'd have been real happy beforehand, so I'm real happy with tonight," said South Hardin coach Mike Olson.

North Tama's Abi Watson took third in 15:43. Hannah Stumberg paced the Spartans finishing 14th in 17:05, while Meg Edler guided the Rebels placing 22nd in 17:54. Codi Groth led GMG placing 44th in 19:56.

Fact Box

Spartan Invite

At Grundy Center

Girls

Team Standings - 1. Denver 33, 2. Dike-New Hartford 54; 3. Aplington-Parkersburg 93, 4. South Hardin 99, 5. Grundy Center 135, 6. North Tama 159, 7. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 162

Individual (top 10) - 1. Kelsey Kirchoff, Denver, 14:55; 2. Lydia Rose, SH, 15:36; 3. Abi Watson, NT, 15:43; 4. Haylee Luna, D-NH, 15:47; 5. Kadi Wright, D-NH, 15:59; 6. Natalie Fober, Denver, 16:10; 7. Zikdjian Bartels, Denver, 16:25; 8. Jurane Liter, D-NH, 16:33; 9. Samantha Stokes, Denver, 16:34; 10. Lauren Stokes, Denver, 16:41

South Hardin (99) - 2. Lydia Rose, 15:36; 17. Megan Carr, 17:30; 21. Kylee Zoske, 17:53; 23. Sam Topp, 17:58; 36. Laura Campbell, 18:58

Grundy Center (135) - 14. Hannah Stumberg, 17:05; 25. Dalyn Maxson, 18:01; 28. Jes Ackerson, 18:11; 33. Erica Buck, 18:36; 35. Jenn Rust, 18:50

North Tama (159) - 3. Abi Watson, 15:43; 29. Jamie Huntley, 18:13; 34. BrandiAnne Daub, 18:46; 45. Jordyn TeBeest, 20:19; 48. Alexis Taylor, 20:43

Gladbrook-Reinbeck (162) - 22. Meg Edler, 17:54; 26. Hannah Martin, 18:02; 32. Nicole Adair, 18:28; 40. Kelsey Schwartz, 19:31; 42. Cydney Rose, 19:33

GMG - 44. Codi Groth, 19:56; 47. Allison Stegmann, 20:21

Boys

Team Standings - 1. Denver 34; 2. Dike-New Hartford 48; 3. South Hardin 82; 4. Grundy Center 151; 5. Union 164; 6. Jesup 168; 7. GMG 174; 8. Aplington-Parkersburg 178

Individual (top 10) - 1. John Aew, DNH, 16:07; 2. Kyle Kehoe, Denver, 16:19; 3. Nick Sabelka, Denver, 17:10; 4. Eyle Corwin, DNH, 17:17; 5. Tim Rose, South Hardin, 17:26; 6. Jonas Hovenga, A-P, 17:38; 7. Levi Cook, South Hardin, 17:41; 8. Tanner Johnson, Denver, 17:43; 9. John Standish, South Hardin, 17:45; 10. Brandon Sorenson, Denver, 17:52

South Hardin (82) - 5. Tim Rose, 17:26; 7. Levi Cook, 17:41; 9. John Stanish, 17:45; 30. Cody King, 19:34; 31. Logan Roling, 19:37

Grundy Center (151) - 14. Espen Cleveland, 18:13; 28. Tyler Harken, 19:28; 29. James Chungu, 19:32; 37. Ian Alexia, 20:11; 43. Sam McKendree, 21:02

GMG (174) - 24. Jeff Hughes, 19:12; 32. Logan Burt, 19:38; 35. Josh Raymond, 19:53; 41. Dillon Slingluff, 20:48; 42. Colin Crumrine, 20:48

Gladbrook-Reinbeck - 20. Tyler Bovy, 18:41

North Tama - 50. Robert Young, 22:53

Not quite at full strength, both the Redhawks and Rebels were encouraged by their results.

"We have a couple of people back in the lineup. We're looking to stay consistent and keep everyone healthy. We want to get everyone in the right frame of mind for competing at the state qualifying meets," said North Tama coach Mike Skopec.

"We're finally getting somewhat healthy," Gladbrook-Reinbeck coach Andy McQuillen said. "Hopefully by next week we'll have all of our runners back and continue to improve in these final weeks."

Top-10 trio leads Tigers

Led by a trio of top-10 finishers, the South Hardin boys finished third with 82 points, while Grundy Center (151) and GMG (174) placed fourth and seventh respectively in the eight-team field. Class 1A No. 3 ranked Denver topped the field with a score of 34.

Tim Rose led South Hardin in fifth (17:26), while Levi Cook placed seventh (17:41) and John Stanish took ninth (17:45).

"We've been trying to get them to all work together toward the front," said Olson.

Espen Cleveland paced the Spartans placing 14th in 18:13 and Jeff Hughes powered the Wolverines grabbing 24th in 19:12.

"We're starting to show times that relate to our workouts. This weather definitely helps," said Grundy Center Coach Chris Henely.

The Wolverines also seem to be finding their form as they prepare for the final stretch.

"We've really made some good progress and I think we're starting to hit our stride. Hopefully we can do some special things late in the season," said GMG coach Mike Pierson.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck did not score as a team though Tyler Bovy came in 20th in a time of 18:41, while North Tama was led by Robert Young's time of 22:53 in 50th position.

 
 

 

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