Southeast Valley Invite
With original predictions being a heat index over 100 degrees and then a concern for storms, the Southeast Valley cross country teams ended up having almost perfect conditions for their first cross country meet of the season on their home course in Gowrie. The Jaguars were able to claim 4th place overall in the boys race as a team and 8th place in the girls race after the races started 55 minutes late after a mandatory lightning delay.
The boys team race was won by class 1A #2 ACGC with 34 points followed by 1A - #5 Ogden with 50 points. St. Edmond ranked #12 in 1A finished 3rd with 85 points. SV’s 115 points in fourth place was 40 points better than 1A - #20 Manson NW. In the girls race, #12 St. Edmond scored 54 points to beat #8 Manson NW who tallied 63 points.
The cooler weather helped 14 of the 24 Jaguars run a course PR on the home course. Cooper Nuss led the boys’ team with an overall runner-up medal finish in a course best 18:24. Oscar Hanson also received medal honors with his 10th place finish in a course best 18:57. Asa Haub (30th, 20:38) and Zach Thompson (35th, 20:56) were the next to Jaguar runners to cross the finish line. Carson Suchan (48th, 21:43), Jordan Cerwick (50th, 21:55) and Caelan Oakes-Sudhish (61st, 22:35) rounded out the top seven scorers for the Jaguars.
Also competing in the boys race on Thursday were Xander Dorman (68th, 23:02), Kyle Johnson (81st, 23:43), Ben Thompson (92nd, 24:15), Spencer Suchan (93rd, 24:17), Cole Lundgren (100th, 25:03), Maverick Dorman (104th, 25:03), Ty Klatt (116th, 27:04), Jacob Snyder (119th, 28:23), Bretton Farnham (120th, 28:24) and Jameric Dalley (126th, 29:53).
Sophomore Chloe Parks led the Southeast Valley girls’ team finishing 45th with a course best time of 28:05. Shelby Mills almost beat her career best running a 28:48 for 50th place and Hailey Rees running her first high school race finished in 29:05 for 51st. Madison Doyle (53rd, 29:28), Jayden Gardipee (56th, 30:03), Alexis Peterson (64th, 32:39) and Meranda Hemmestad (67th, 33:15) all scored for the Jaguars on Thursday.
“I was extremely happy how our athletes performed on Thursday night,” commented Coach Nuss. “It’s been a rough couple weeks of practice to begin the season with the heat, but we finally got a break Thursday night with the weather. I never thought those would be the conditions to race in on Thursday night when I woke up Thursday morning.”
Coach Nuss would like to thank all the spectators who came out to the meet on Thursday to support the runners as well as all the workers who worked the meet and Gowrie Municipal Golf Course for allowing us to practice and host our home meet. “This meet has really grown in both quality and quantity in the past 8 years. It has really become an exciting and competitive meet to begin the year with.”
The Jaguars will compete next on Tuesday, August 31st at Briggs Woods golf course in Webster City and then will have a week and a half off before competing at Greene County on Saturday, September 11th, 2021.