Humboldt girls, frosh Gidel pull away from Gaels and field

WEBSTER CITY – The North Central Conference stood atop the girls portion of the Lynx Invitational here Tuesday evening at the Webster City Links Golf Course, as Humboldt swept the top spots.

The Wildcats, who have now won here three consecutive seasons, were led by ninth-grader Bryce Gidel, who captured the individual race in 19:40. Teammate Gabby Kent was second.

Overall, No. 9 (Class 3A) Humboldt had 42 points, 30 better than runner-up St. Edmond. Algona was third followed by Boone, Roland-Story, Webster City, Fort Dodge, Eagle Grove, Southeast Valley, South Hamilton, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows and Belmond-Klemme.

The Gaels, ranked fourth in 1A, were paced by Abby Landwehr, Riley Mayer and Aubrey Kolacia. Landwehr finished fourth, Mayer was sixth and Kolacia eighth.

“Humboldt is just really loaded,” SEHS head coach Mike Szalat said. “But I was very proud of our girls for getting second. Not very many people from our team ran faster here last year than at Southeast Valley (which was the week before), but this year, just about everybody did.

“The girls are running really smart races and not burying themselves in the pack. They are letting their body react to the stress of the situation.”

Joeli Koenig was 27th overall for the Gaels, followed by Jaci Taylor in 32nd, Olivia Kolacia in 35th and Jill Cosgrove in 42nd.

Leading the way for the Dodgers was Gabby Estlund, who was fifth in 21.27.

“Gabby really dedicated herself to cross country and it is showing,” FDSH head coach Tim Hanson said. “She has been working very hard in practice, and this was a good result for her.”

Senior Anna Taylor was 20th, Brylea Grady finished 39th, Kayla Smith 55th and Shayla Read was 68th to round out the Dodger runners.

Algona’s Morgan VanZante placed seventh overall, while Eagle Grove’s Jana Willard was eighth. Emma Piper was Webster City’s top finisher in 13th.

Southeast Valley’s Katara Jondle crossed in 30th, and Clarion-Goldfield/Dows’ Angela Castro was 46th.

Next action for St. Edmond is Saturday, Sept. 10, when they compete in Holstein at the CYO meet. Fort Dodge heads to Marshalltown next Thursday.