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Indian girls finish second

November 2, 2013
By JOSH MEYER sports@messengernews.net

Ranked No. 1 entering Saturday's 35th annual co-ed state cross country meet, the Pocahontas Area girls settled for the next best thing at Lakeside Golf Course.

Behind a balanced team effort, the Indians placed second in Class with 1A with 113 points. Third-rated Pekin (81) took home top honors.

No. 21 freshman Grace Meyer earned an individual bronze medal for Pocahontas Area, clocking a 15:02.1. Twin sister Faith Meyer, ranked 28th, also finished 10th (15:28.2).

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"My only goal was just to be in the Top-10," said Grace, who was a recent district runner-up. "I was really nervous at the beginning, but I was still able to run the best I can."

Faith, who was third at districts, offered similar thoughts.

"I did better than what I expected," Faith said. "It means a ton to me that I was able to run together with the rest of my team. I want to try and get all-state again next year."

Other counters for the Indians were freshman Elle Ruffridge (33rd, 16:08.5), junior Rose Meyer (61st, 16:46.8) and sophomore Kara Neumann (76th, 17:17.8). Rose checked in 67th in her state debut last fall.

"We came into the season unranked, but we had a great year," said Pocahontas Area head coach Mitch Hackbarth. "It was a lot of fun watching the sisters battle it out and get in the Top-10. With everyone coming back next year, the future's bright for PAC cross country."

Eagle Grove

Making her fourth state appearance, No. 4 senior Tiffany Christensen finished sixth in 1A for the Eagles in a time of 15:15.2. Griswold's top-ranked junior Rebekah Topham (13:56.3) easily captured her third straight title.

Christensen, a three-time defending North Central Conference champion and district gold medalist, was previously third here as a junior, seventh as a sophomore and 60th as a freshman.

"I was a little disappointed, but you still have to be happy to get in the Top-10," said Christensen, who recorded victories in all seven meets this season before yesterday. "My legs just didn't want to go (Saturday) and were already tired before the one-mile mark. I was getting a sideache, too."

This past spring at state track, Christensen was a 2A state champion in the 1500 and a runner-up in the 3000.

Emmetsburg

The 10th-ranked E-Hawks finished ninth in the 1A team race, posting 215 points. Ashley Overberg (40th, 16:16.9), Tara Harris (60th, 16:45.0), Taylor Reimer (70th, 16:56.0), Mikki Mundus (80th, 17:23.1) and Rachel Ruddy (82nd, 17:25.9) all competed for Emmetsburg.

South Central Calhoun

Freshman Sydney Batz led the way for the 10th-ranked Titans with a 15th-place effort (15:49.2) in 2A.

"I was hoping for the Top-50 going in, so I was amazed by how well I did," Batz said. "(Lakeside) is my favorite course I've ever run on."

Abby Clark (49th, 16:25.9), 17th-ranked Mady Dick (51st, 16:28.6), Megan Hardy (66th, 16:54.8) and Katelyn Decker (73rd, 17:06.7) were the other runners for South Central Calhoun, which finished seventh with 188 points.

Dick was 58th here a year ago.

Greene County

No. 5 senior Allison Higgins received bronze in 2A for the 12th-ranked Rams. Fresh off a district crown, Higgins clocked a 15:04.7. Gilbert's No. 1 junior Grace Gibbons (14:28.6) grabbed gold.

"I felt really good the whole race," said Higgins. "I just wanted to do better than I did last year (Higgins was 52nd at state in 2012)."

Emily Christensen (67th, 16:57.0), Eme Johnson (69th, 16:58.7), Olivia Hanson (70th, 17:01.2) and Jolee Wessling (101st, 17:49.0) rounded out Greene County's scorecard. As a team, the Rams (238) were ninth. Gilbert (59) was the winner.

Humboldt

Sam Larson, ranked seventh, anchored the No. 7 Wildcats by placing 11th (15:18.6) in 3A. Larson, a senior, was previously seventh here as a junior and ninth as a sophomore. At the state track meet this past May, Larson was sixth in the 3A 3000 and fifth in the 1500.

Twenty-ninth-rated sophomore Maddie Kampen (26th, 15:39.7), Sophia Luu (53rd, 16:08.5), McKennan Myott (86th, 16:55.6) and Kate Curran (87th, 16:57.3) also represented Humboldt, which finished seventh (211) in the team standings. No. 2 Decorah (108) edged out MOC-Floyd Valley in a tiebreaker for the title.

Algona

No. 14 Tangy Wiseman (57th, 16:13.0), Morgan Van Zante (60th, 16:19.5) and Carissa Pityer (66th, 16:23.1) were all in action in the 3A field for the Bulldogs.

Wiseman, a senior, placed 115th here as a junior, 14th as a sophomore and 35th as a ninth-grader. She was seventh in the 3A 3000 at state track earlier this year.

Ranked No. 1 entering Saturday's 35th annual co-ed state cross country meet, the Pocahontas Area girls settled for the next best thing at Lakeside Golf Course.

Behind a balanced team effort, the Indians placed second in Class with 1A with 113 points. Third-rated Pekin (81) took home top honors.

No. 21 freshman Grace Meyer earned an individual bronze medal for Pocahontas Area, clocking a 15:02.1. Twin sister Faith Meyer, ranked 28th, also finished 10th (15:28.2).

"My only goal was just to be in the Top-10," said Grace, who was a recent district runner-up. "I was really nervous at the beginning, but I was still able to run the best I can."

Faith, who was third at districts, offered similar thoughts.

"I did better than what I expected," Faith said. "It means a ton to me that I was able to run together with the rest of my team. I want to try and get all-state again next year."

Other counters for the Indians were freshman Elle Ruffridge (33rd, 16:08.5), junior Rose Meyer (61st, 16:46.8) and sophomore Kara Neumann (76th, 17:17.8). Rose checked in 67th in her state debut last fall.

"We came into the season unranked, but we had a great year," said Pocahontas Area head coach Mitch Hackbarth. "It was a lot of fun watching the sisters battle it out and get in the Top-10. With everyone coming back next year, the future's bright for PAC cross country."

Eagle Grove

Making her fourth state appearance, No. 4 senior Tiffany Christensen finished sixth in 1A for the Eagles in a time of 15:15.2. Griswold's top-ranked junior Rebekah Topham (13:56.3) easily captured her third straight title.

Christensen, a three-time defending North Central Conference champion and district gold medalist, was previously third here as a junior, seventh as a sophomore and 60th as a freshman.

"I was a little disappointed, but you still have to be happy to get in the Top-10," said Christensen, who recorded victories in all seven meets this season before yesterday. "My legs just didn't want to go (Saturday) and were already tired before the one-mile mark. I was getting a sideache, too."

This past spring at state track, Christensen was a 2A state champion in the 1500 and a runner-up in the 3000.

Emmetsburg

The 10th-ranked E-Hawks finished ninth in the 1A team race, posting 215 points. Ashley Overberg (40th, 16:16.9), Tara Harris (60th, 16:45.0), Taylor Reimer (70th, 16:56.0), Mikki Mundus (80th, 17:23.1) and Rachel Ruddy (82nd, 17:25.9) all competed for Emmetsburg.

South Central Calhoun

Freshman Sydney Batz led the way for the 10th-ranked Titans with a 15th-place effort (15:49.2) in 2A.

"I was hoping for the Top-50 going in, so I was amazed by how well I did," Batz said. "(Lakeside) is my favorite course I've ever run on."

Abby Clark (49th, 16:25.9), 17th-ranked Mady Dick (51st, 16:28.6), Megan Hardy (66th, 16:54.8) and Katelyn Decker (73rd, 17:06.7) were the other runners for South Central Calhoun, which finished seventh with 188 points.

Dick was 58th here a year ago.

Greene County

No. 5 senior Allison Higgins received bronze in 2A for the 12th-ranked Rams. Fresh off a district crown, Higgins clocked a 15:04.7. Gilbert's No. 1 junior Grace Gibbons (14:28.6) grabbed gold.

"I felt really good the whole race," said Higgins. "I just wanted to do better than I did last year (Higgins was 52nd at state in 2012)."

Emily Christensen (67th, 16:57.0), Eme Johnson (69th, 16:58.7), Olivia Hanson (70th, 17:01.2) and Jolee Wessling (101st, 17:49.0) rounded out Greene County's scorecard. As a team, the Rams (238) were ninth. Gilbert (59) was the winner.

Humboldt

Sam Larson, ranked seventh, anchored the No. 7 Wildcats by placing 11th (15:18.6) in 3A. Larson, a senior, was previously seventh here as a junior and ninth as a sophomore. At the state track meet this past May, Larson was sixth in the 3A 3000 and fifth in the 1500.

Twenty-ninth-rated sophomore Maddie Kampen (26th, 15:39.7), Sophia Luu (53rd, 16:08.5), McKennan Myott (86th, 16:55.6) and Kate Curran (87th, 16:57.3) also represented Humboldt, which finished seventh (211) in the team standings. No. 2 Decorah (108) edged out MOC-Floyd Valley in a tiebreaker for the title.

Algona

No. 14 Tangy Wiseman (57th, 16:13.0), Morgan Van Zante (60th, 16:19.5) and Carissa Pityer (66th, 16:23.1) were all in action in the 3A field for the Bulldogs.

Wiseman, a senior, placed 115th here as a junior, 14th as a sophomore and 35th as a ninth-grader. She was seventh in the 3A 3000 at state track earlier this year.

 
 

 

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