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Finally the Jaguars can compete after many cancelled meets


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With wet conditions cancelling the cross country teams’ last two meets, the Jaguars went 23 days between their last meet at Webster City and their meet at Story City this past Thursday night, September 26th.  The harriers made the most of the fairly flat course, cool cloudy conditions and the effort of three hard weeks of practice and brought home 18 all time PRs, 31 season PRs and 14 course PRs.

The girls team finished 12th overall with 337 points.  Class 3A school Norwalk was the winner with 24 points followed by 3A North Polk 2nd with 77 points and 3A Bondurant Farrar with 84 points.  

Morgan Farnhman (65th) and Madison Doyle (67th) lead the Jaguars both breaking the 25 minute barrier for the first time this year running 24:44 and 24:58 respectively.  Marlie Johnson (82nd) ran a season PR of 25:38 and was followed by teammate Emily Hemmestad (117th, 27:06). Viatris Scott (132nd, 28:17), Jayden Gardipee (142nd, 28:43) and Emma Hunter (152nd, 29:34) also ran season PRs to round out the varsity top seven scorers in the meet.

Kylie Weiland (41st, 30:17), Lauren Tidman (162nd, 30:34), and Shelby Mills (44th, 31:28) all ran all-time PRs to lead the JV girls’ team.  Taegan Long (52nd, 32:26) and Christine Housken (53rd, 33:33) helped the JV to their 7th place finish with season PRs.

On the boys’ side, the Jaguars finished 16th in a very competitive field that saw three ranked 3A school and 2 ranked 1A school and some top 2A schools.  Norwalk swept the meet winning the boys with 55 points followed by Madrid with 64 points and North polk with 74 points. Sophomore Zach Thompson and freshman Cooper Nuss led the Jaguars by both breaking 20 minutes for the first time in their careers.  Zach’s 19:40 was 90th and Cooper’s 19:58 was 103rd. Sophomores Gabe Campbell (108th, 20:08) and Asa Haub (112th, 20:13) were the next two Jaguars to cross the finish line.  Blake Peterson (135th, 20:46), Carson Suchan (142nd, 20:58) and Robert Jepsen (145th, 21:00) were the final three varsity runners to finish for Southeast Valley. Asa, Blake and Carson all broke 21 minutes to run their all-time best PRs.

In the JV race, Southeast Valley scored 288 points to finish 11th.  Ty Klatt (164th, 21:37), Caleb Kaltschnee (181st, 22:18), Wyatt Sprecher (182nd, 22:19), Kyle Johnson (194th, 22:46) and Ross Halligan (195th, 22:49) were the top five point finishers for the JV.  Ty, Wyatt, Kyle and Ross ran all-time bests and Caleb set a season PR.

Others in the JV race, all running season PRs were Nolan Jackson (196th, 22:49), Gage Erickson (218th, 23:49), Parker Johnson (223rd, 24:15), Sam Sytsma (231st, 24:38), AJ Smith (260th, 28:13), Jacob Snyder (261st, 28:18), Zane Geis (263rd, 29:33), Jamie Dalley (266th, 32:34) and Logan Stapp (267th, 34:34). Gage, Sam, Jacob, Zane and Jamie all ran all-time bests as well.  

“The team scores and places don’t reflect what we accomplished tonight.  Last year we had a stretch like this and we seemed to lose motivation. It’s not easy to practice this many days in a row, but our kids really worked hard the past three weeks and kept focus and it showed tonight.  I’m extremely proud of all of these athletes. We also had all 33 athletes compete tonight and finish. It’s been a long time since we’ve had nobody sidelined with injuries,” commeted Coach Nuss.  

The Jaguars will compete at Alta on Monday, September 30th to make-up a meet they lost due to weather and then head to Pocahontas on Saturday, October 5th.  The Jaguars are asking for as many fans to make the trip to Pocahontas as possible to cheer on the Jags that morning!

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