Cougars send four

11 area runners punch state tickets

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Preslie Oswald of Manson NW Webster compete in the girls 5k run during 1A Districts at Holstein Golf Club on Thursday

A Manson Northwest Webster girls trio will be headed to the state cross country meet together.

Cougar junior Preslie Oswald and senior Paige Condon know the road to Fort Dodge well. Freshman Alyssa Richman made sure three isn’t a crowd.

Oswald and Condon both punched state tickets for the third time in as many seasons after their performances at Ridge View on Thursday. Oswald placed fifth individually with a time of 20:45.08. Condon took seventh in 20:55.33.

“This year has been awsesome,” said Oswald, who finished 13th in the 1A field last fall. “We have pushed each other and challenged each other to do better and be better each meet.

“I’m excited to see how we do at state.”

Condon called it a “huge honor” as a three-peat qualifier.

“I’m especially excited to run with my teammates, Preslie and Alyssa,” Condon said. “Training and competing with them has been great. I couldn’t ask for a better set of girls to end my senior season with.

“I’m super excited to be competing at the state meet with these girls.”

Richman made an immediate impact with the Cougars in 2021, then assured herself of a state bid by running a 21:14.76 on Thursday to take 10th for the final individual spot.

“It feels really good to qualify — especially with my teammates,” Richman said. “We have challenged and pushed each other to do better every day in practice.

“I am really excited to see what we can do at state.”

Junior Lane Moline is also headed back to state as well on the boys side for MNW. Moline crossed the tape in 17:55 in Holstein for a sixth-place effort.

“I feel like all the hard work put in to this season paid off…this was my best race all season and it was a great feeling,” Moline said. “I was keeping track of my place throughout the race. It was an amazing feeling, knowing I get to compete again next weekend at the highest level of competition.

“I’m extremely proud of this program and the members of our team for the work completed day in and day out. Coaches (Theo) Clark and (Matt) Balsley are great motivators, and I feel their efforts have taken the MNW program to where it is today. I am honored to run for these coaches.”

Oscar Hanson finished 10th on his home course in Gowrie and grabbed an individual state meet spot in 2A for Southeast Valley. The sophomore clocked a time of 17:20.85.

Drake Weland of Eagle Grove and Quinn Swift of Bishop Garrigan are both headed back to Fort Dodge as well. Weland, a junior, was 13th with a time of 17:26 in Dike. Swift, a senior, recorded a 17:20 in Mason City for third place.

East Sac County senior Emma Schroeder is also returning to Kennedy Park thanks to a 10th-place performance in Gowrie on Thursday. Schroeder had a time of 20:37.16. Pocahontas Area junior Kaitlynn Schuler moved on by grabbing 13th place in 21:00.45.

North Union freshman Jacey Welbig was a runner-up in Mason City at 20:55.45. On the boys side, Warrior senior Nick Schiltz earned a state bid with a 10th-place effort in 17:45.

The Class 1A and 2A state meet in Fort Dodge is on Saturday, Oct. 30.


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