Eagle Grove wins in Belmond

St. Edmond girls 2nd, boys 3rd in cross country race

BELMOND — The St. Edmond cross country teams left here Tuesday with a pair of Top-3 team finishes at the R.S. Invitational, as the girls were runners-up and the boys placed third overall.

Eagle Grove claimed team gold on the girls side with 51 points thanks to all five runners placing in the Top-15. The Gaels had 56 and West Fork was third with 85.

Clear Lake was the champion in the boys race with West Fork second and St. Edmond third.

Abby Landwehr led the way for the Gaels, placing third behind Northwood-Kensett’s Lindsey Davidson and McKenna Weaver of West Fork. Landwehr had a time of 21:57, less than a second behind both Davidson and Weaver.

Aubrey Bemrich was seventh (23:18), Sydney Schulte finished 13th (24:38); Kelli Kersten was 17th (24:45) and Leah Johnson 25th (25:35).

“I was happy to be within five points of Eagle Grove because they return everybody from last year and we battled them quite a bit,” SEHS head coach Mike Szalat said. “Aubrey ran a great race, Sydney was the most competitive I’ve seen and Kelli had another strong showing.”

Erin Flattery added a 27th place showing (25:42) and Aleksandria Aljets was 30th (26:00).

For the Eagles, Lea Friedl finished sixth in 23:12, with Megan Schafer placing 10th, Graciela Morales 12th, Megan Sampson 15th and Kaitlin Sampson 18th.

Raven Kinnetz had the top finish for Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, as she was 31st overall.

Jed Tracy finished fourth for SEHS in 18:48, as Lake Mills’ Carson Rygh was first in 18:05 and Eric Faught from Clear Lake the runner-up in 18:32.

Ryan Duckett finished 18th (20:19), Grant Heldorfer was 22nd (20:31), Hayden Mayer 34th (21:34) and Parker Oswald 35th (21:35).

“The times were all different from a year ago here, so I don’t know if the course was longer or what,” Szalat said. “Ryan had a good race, as did Grant and Hayden. Just like the girls, our middle runners moved up and ran better as a pack (compared to our first meet).”

Kaeden Langfitt led the Cowboys, as he was 15th overall.

The Gaels return to action Saturday in Holstein for the CYO.