COLO - For the third time this cross country season, South Hardin freshman Lydia Rose has claimed a runner-up finish.
This time, Rose - ranked seventh in Class 2A - was just 4 seconds off Class 1A No. 11 Jaclyn Rittgers of Prairie Valley at the Nevada Invitational at Hickory Grove Park. But overall, the youngster was happy with how she ran.
"I am just a freshman so there is always something I can improve on and work on, but it was a pretty good day," said Rose, whose runner-up finish was clocked at 16 minutes, 5 seconds.
T-R PHOTO BY TROY HYDE
East Marshall runner Paige Flugge, left, runs in the Nevada Invitational at Hickory Grove Park on Monday.
The best area finish team-wise went to East Marshall, which took fourth overall with 104 points. Collins-Maxwell-Baxter won the meet with 80 points, while Roland-Story was just one point behind at 81. Class 2A No. 9 South Hamilton finished in third with 97 points and Class 2A No. 13 South Hardin was sixth at 124 points.
BCLUW, West Marshall, GMG and Colo-NESCO also had runners in the varsity race, but only BCLUW and West Marshall had enough for a team score. The Comets were eighth with 177 points and the Trojans finished ninth with 210.
East Marshall coach Christian Grandgenett really feels like his Mustang girls are as good as some of the other ranked teams they have run against this year, and Monday's effort proves that.
Team Standings - 1. Grinnell 84; 2. Gilbert 87; 3. Dallas Center-Grimes 105; 4. Winterset 106; 5. Ballard 120; 6. North Polk 130; 7. Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR 163; 8. Norwalk 192; 9. Nevada 195; 10. South Tama 239; 11. Carlisle 276.
Individual (top 10) - 1. Abby Kohut-Jackson, BAL, 15:17; 2. Sybbie Sears, NP, 15:38; 3. Brittany Sawyers, WINT, 15:46; 4. Sadie Timms, GIL, 15:49; 4. Dominique Fleming, WINT, 16:11; 6. Sydnee Hendricks, DCG, 16:11. 77; 7. Jessica Lippert, IFA-AGWSR, 16:12; 8. Jenna Leland, BAL, 16:13; 9. Sarah Adams, NOR, 16:13.70; 10. Jessie Eyerly, WINT, 16:19.
South Tama (239) - 20. Kelsey Kupka, 16:43; 29. Taylor Ellenbecker, 17:24; 55. Dahiana Puentes, 18:36; 62. Erin Filloon, 19:03; 73. Ericka Dunning, 20:02
Team Standings - 1. Collins-Maxwell-Baxter 80; 2. Roland-Story 81; 3. South Hamilton 97; 4 East Marshall 104; 5. Madrid 123; 6. South Hardin 124; 7. Prairie Valley 129; 8. BCLUW 177; 9. West Marshall 210.
Individual (top 10) - 1. Jaclyn Rittgers, PV, 16:01; 2. Lydia Rose, South Hardin, 16:05; 3. Hayley Leonard, CMB, 16:09; 4. Sarah Lunn, R-S, 16:25; 5. Eden DeWald, R-S, 16:33; 6. Kayla Lucas, South Hamilton, 16:34; 7. Sydney Lawrence, MAD, 16:39; 8. Claire Damon, South Hardin, 16:42; 9. Victoria Pothast, WM, 16:43; 10. Haley Fye, EM, 16:48.
East Marshall (104) - 10. Fye, 16:48; 12. Kristen Amendt, 16:50.22; 14. Paige Miller, 17:01; 32. Paige Flugge, 18:20.12; 40. Allie Roberts, 18:44.
South Hardin (124) - 2. Rose, 16:05; 8. Damon, 16:42; 26. Megan Carr, 17:59; 46. Sam Topp, 19:01.15; 49. Kylee Zoske, 19:20.
BCLUW (177) - 17. Becca Steckelberg, 17:12; 18. Amelia Tonner, 17:18; 45. Michelle Schmitt, 19:01; 52. Bailey Nash, 19:23.44; 56. Madison VanCleave, 19:55.
West Marshall (210) - 9. Pothast, 16:43; 37. Rachel Knights, 18:37; 55. Maggie Sodders, 19:40; 60. Carly Kielman, 20:24; 62. Ashley Pfantz, 20:38.
Colo-NESCO - 30. Shelby Dailey, 18:18; 57. Taylor Brown, 20:02; 65. Leah Vincent, 21:27; 66. Alex Saunders, 21:41.
"I really believe we belong in there with those other teams," Grandgenett said. "We just haven't put it together yet. We need to keep getting healthy and get fit."
A third-place finish against some of the best teams in the state was a good start for the Mustangs. Their top finisher was 10th, but East Marshall had three in the top 14.
Leading the way was freshman Haley Fye's 10th place finish in 16 minutes, 48 seconds. Kristen Amendt was 12th in 16:50.22, while Paige Miller was 14th in 17:01. Miller has only run in two varsity meets this season after working her way back from injury.
"We proved we belong in the conversation today," Grandgenette said. "We're right there in the mix."
While Grandgenett was happy with his team's performance, South Hardin coach Mike Olson was not thrilled with the efforts of his Tigers.
Rose was second overall, and sophomore Claire Damon was eighth, but after that the next best finshers were 26th, 49th and 50th. Damon, who is ranked No. 21 in Class 2A, crossed the line in 16:42.
"There are some really tough teams here, but we have some work to do now for sure," said Olson. "It should be a wake up call to our kids. We gave up way too many points tonight."
Megan Carr was the 26th place finisher for South Hardin, while the other two scoring runners were Sam Topp in 46th and Kylee Zoske in 49th.
BCLUW placed eighth as a team and was led individually by Becca Steckelberg and Amelia Tonner, who took 17th and 18th, respectively. Steckelberg crossed in 17:12, while Tonner hit the line in 17:18. Michelle Schmitt finished in 45th place, and Bailey Nash was 52nd. The final scoring runner was Madison VanCleave in 56th.
West Marshall was ninth overall but Victoria Pothast claimed another top 10 finish. Pothast wound up ninth with a time of 16:43, but the next best Trojan was Rachel Knights and she finshed 37th.
"They're trying to find their identity right now," West Marshall coach Brian Weig said. "We just can't get it going. I am glad that Victoria had her PR for the year and Rachel earned a PR by more than a minute."
Colo-NESCO's top finisher was Shelby Dailey in 30th place, while Taylor Brown was 57th.
In Class A action on the night, South Tama County was 10th overall with 239 points. Grinnell won the meet with 84 points, while Class 2A No. 3 Gilbert was second with 87 points.
The best area finisher in the Class A race was Jessica Lippert of AGWSR. Lippert placed seventh overall in a time of 16:12 for Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR.
STC's top runner was once again Kelsey Kupka as she took 20th overall in 16:43. Taylor Ellenbecker was 29th and Dahiana Puentes finished 55th.
"The girls ran really well, from runners one through seven," South Tama coach George Kuhter said. "I am happy with the way we ran.
The Trojans competed without one of their top runners in Naomi Hoskey, who will be out until at least Saturday with an ankle injury.