ALGONA - For Eagle Grove's Tiffany Christensen, the quest for perfection continued Monday night.
Competing in the Algona Invitational at River Road Golf Course, the third-ranked (Class 1A) junior cross country star earned her sixth victory in as many tries this season, clocking a sparkling mark of 14:50. Humboldt's No. 14 (3A) Sam Larson (14:59) settled for a runner-up showing, while 18th-ranked (3A) Cierra Guerrero (15:05) from Spencer secured bronze.
"I had a strange feeling I might have some tough competition (last evening), and knew (Guerrero) and Sam would be the two girls two beat," said Christensen, who finished seventh at state in 2011. "I felt pretty comfortable the whole race, though, and had my best time of the year again, which is all I was trying to do."
In the team race, No. 10 Spencer (71) took home top honors, followed by 14th-ranked (3A) Charles City (125) and the host Bulldogs (125). St. Edmond placed 14th (361) and Fort Dodge (364) was 15th.
Tangy Wiseman (4th, 15:08), Paige Yi (8th, 15:46) and Carissa Pityer (11th, 16:01) anchored Algona.
"Tangy, Paige and Carissa all had personal bests, and I thought they ran just phenomenal," AHS head coach Chad Ahlers said. "As a team, our girls medaled for only the second time at our own invitational - with the first being last year - so to get in the top three at a quality meet like this is a pretty big deal."
Mary Eide (29th, 16:37), Madi Reel (74th, 17:53) and Jill Doyle (84th, 18:09) spearheaded the Gaels.
"We had six out of seven girls run their best times of the year, including three (personal records)," SEHS head coach Mike Szalat said. "(River Road) is a very hilly course, but our kids like it a lot. There aren't nearly as many sharp turns as a course like Webster City, so I think it's probably deceptively fast."
Pacing the Dodgers were Madison Bodholdt (22nd, 16:30), Sydney Crotts (55th, 17:23) and Sarah Rethwisch (75th, 17:55).
"Madison continues to show improvement after not being able to run very much during the summer (Bodholdt was a starting third baseman on the FDSH softball team)," said Fort Dodge head coach Tim Hanson. "We still have to find a way, though, to close the gap a little better behind her."
Bishop Garrigan's eighth-ranked (1A) Erin Reedy (6th, 15:35), Webster City's Morgan Moline (13th, 16:17), Emmetsburg's Taylor Reimer (42nd, 17:05), Pocahontas Area's Rose Meyer (36th, 16:57), Clarion-Goldfield's Mackenzie Alberts (43rd, 17:06) and Corwith-CWL's Starr Haler (59th, 17:28) were the top performers for each of their schools.