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Breitsprecher is four time state qualifier

Patrick Breitsprecher punched his ticket for his fourth trip to the state cross country meet at Lake City on Thursday, Oct. 19th.  Patrick’s time of 18:25 was 14th place claiming one of the final two qualifying spots in the unseasonable warm October meet.  Patrick’s is the first in Southeast Valley history to be a four time state qualifier.

    Patrick lead a Jaguar team that finished 8th overall in the team standings.  Juniors Coledon Bethel (22nd, 19:03) and Ben Carlson (34th, 19:45) were the next two SV runners to cross the finish line.  Sophomore Parker Johnson (71st, 21:48), juniors Isaiah Gibbs (77th, 22:26 and Ben Sebring (80th, 22:38) and freshman Kaylb Crouse (82nd, 22:47) competed for the Jaguars at the state qualifying meet.  

    Sheldon was the meet champion with 67 points, Okoboji was second with 72 points and Aplington Parkersburg third with 78 points.  All three of those teams qualified for state as a team.

    In the girls’ race, Katara Jondle was the top finisher for the Jaguars, missing her own state bid by four places finishing 19th overall in a time of 23:31.  Alli True was the next Jaguar to cross the finish line finishing 25th in a time of 24:02.  Emily Hemmestad (48th, 25:47), Emma Hunter (52nd, 25:59), Sammy Alphs (57th, 26:50), Morgan Farnham (58th, 27:01) and Tessa Berg (59th, 27:13) made up the varsity squad on the girls side Thursday night.

    The Jaguar girls finished 7th overall with 187 points.  The top three teams and state qualifiers were Shenandoah with 60 points, Okoboji with 64 points and Aplington Parkersburg with 95 points.

    “I am extremely proud of all of our athletes not just Thursday night but those who competed this year.  We lose only one senior from both the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams that competed Thursday night and only 5 seniors total in the program.  The underclassmen earned a lot of experience this year and if they put the time and effort in during the off season, it will be an exciting year next year,” commented Coach Nuss.

    “I need to thank all five of my seniors Daniel, Kyle, Leslie, Patrick and Tessa for all of their hard work.  I am very thankful Patrick gets to finish his career running one last state meet.  His resilience Thursday to hang on and fight to finish in the top 15th says a lot about his mentality and competitiveness.”

    Patrick will compete in the state cross country meet at Lakeside Golf Course at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Oct. 28th.  Patrick will run at in the 2A boys race at 1:30.

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