HUMBOLDT – Bryce Gidel continued her incredible freshman season here Monday at Sheldon Park, winning the Humboldt Invitational cross country title.
Gidel clocked a time of 20:22.72 to best Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR’s Bethany Lippert and teammate Gabby Kent.
Behind the Top-3 finishes, the 11th-ranked (Class 3A) Wildcats were second to Mason City in the team standings. On the boys side, No. 14 Humboldt earned silver behind top-ranked (2A) Garner-Hayfield/Ventura.
“Bryce continues to run strong for us,” Humboldt head coach Dean Clasen said. “The challenge has been to close the gap between the positions. Gabby ran as close as she has to Bryce this season and Isabella (Luu) had a strong race, running her best time of the season on a challenging course.”
Eighth-ranked (2A) Emmetsburg was second, followed by IFA/AGWSR, St. Edmond, No. 2 (2A) Pocahontas Area, No. 14 (2A) Clear Lake, Algona, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura and 10th-rated (1A) Eagle Grove. Bishop Garrigan, Carroll Kuemper, Southeast Valley, Fort Dodge and Clarion-Goldfield/Dows.
Leading the way for the Gael girls was Abby Landwehr, as she finished eighth overall – one spot behind Fort Dodge’s Gabby Estlund.
“We wanted to try and beat Eagle Grove, that was one of our goals,” SEHS head coach Mike Szalat said. “We haven’t had a meet in just short of three weeks and we really worked the kids hard over that time. I wasn’t sure what to expect because of those hard workouts, but I thought the times were better than they would be.”
Estlund had a time of 21:40.34, four seconds ahead of Landwehr. Emmetsburg’s Raven Brown finished ninth, while Morgan VanZante was 12th for Algona.
Riley Mayer placed 14th and Audrey Kolacia 16th for St. Edmond.
Katie Berte was Pocahontas Area’s top finisher, coming in 22nd, while Eagle Grove’s Megan Schafer was 28th. Bishop Garrigan’s high finisher was Alisa Altman in 35th.
North Union’s Riley Bauer was just topped by Garner-Hayfield/Ventura’s Reece Smith for the boys individual title, as Smith finished in 16:55.92 to 16:57.59 by Bauer. Southeast Valley’s Spencer Warehime placed third and Fort Dodge’s Ryan Wagner was sixth.
Joining Wagner in the Top-10 was Jason Halvorson, who placed eighth to help FDSH finish fourth behind Garner-Hayfield/Ventura, Humboldt and Mason City.
Wagner had a time of 17:25.68, while Halvorson completed the 5K course in 17:50.20.
“I know Ryan wanted to run a little better than what he did, but he still ran a good race,” FDSH head coach Tim Hanson said. “Justin Vaughan ran an extremely good race. It was nice seeing him finish as strong as he did (Vaughan placed 24th).
“Gabby ran a solid race even though she didn’t get the time she wanted. She looked the strongest she has all year.”
Humboldt’s Joseph Kunert finished 12th, Denny Pederson was 19th, Isaac Thurm 27th and Ivan Rasmussen 28th.
“The boys had a very good race,” Clasen said. “The boys all ran about 30 seconds fastern than they had in recent meets.”
No. 7 (2A) Clear Lake was fifth, followed by Carroll Kuemper, Algona, fourth-ranked (1A) Eagle Grove, IFA/AGWSR, Emmetsburg, Southeast Valley, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, Boone, St. Edmond, Manson Northwest Webster, West Bend-Mallard, Pocahontas Area, Bishop Garrigan and Hampton-Dumont.
McCauley King of Eagle Grove placed 14th, Cruz Bowman of Emmetsburg was 15th, Trey Engen of Algona was 18th and Ryan Kenyon of Bishop Garrigan was 35th.
Patrick Bocken was the top finisher for St. Edmond, placing 57th overall.
“We were without Cole (Allison) and Jonah (Hindt) ran junior varsity, so that changed where we would have placed,” Szalat said. “I’m not going to sugar-coat (the final results), but I’m more pleased with how (the boys) ran than the results will show.”
The Dodgers and Gaels next run again together on Monday at the Algona Invitational.