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Season ends for Cross Country


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The Southeast Valley varsity cross country teams headed to their class 2A state qualifying meet on Thursday, October 24th in Dike.  The Jaguars either had to finish in the top 3 teams or have an individual qualify in the top 15 to extend their season to the state meet in Fort Dodge on November 2nd.  Unfortunately, neither of these happened.

The girls’ team ran first and were led by Madison Doyle (61st, 24:10) and Morgan Farnham (64th, 24:15) and were followed by Marlie Johnson (72nd, 24:57).  Freshman Lauren Tidman (82nd, 26:25) made her varsity debut to the be the Jags fourth runner and edged teammate Jayden Gardipee (83rd, 26:26). Emily Hemmestad (88th, 27:22) and Kylie Weiland (95th, 29:11) were the final Southeast Valley Jags to cross the finish line.

On the boys’ side, Zach Thompson (53rd, 19:05) and Cooper Nuss (63rd, 19:16) continue to lead the boys team.  Asa Haub (71st, 19:47), Carson Suchan (73rd, 19:52) and Caleb Kaltschnee (76th, 20:02) were the next three scorers for Southeast Valley.  Wyatt Sprecher (79th, 20:23) and Blake Peterson (82nd, 20:27) were the displacement runners for the Jags.

“If you take away their times from the conference meet at Emmetsburg whose course was suspect to being short, these are all PRs for the 14 athletes that competed on a legit 5k distance.  You can’t ask more out of the athletes to go out and run their best and that’s exactly what they did. This was by far the best competition top to bottom we have run against all year,” commented Coach Nuss.

Both teams finished 13th overall in the 14 team field.  The girls scored 362 points and the boys scored 336 points.  Monticello swept the team championships with their girls scoring 40points and their boys scoring 36 points.  Also advancing to state was Jesup and Dike New Hartford for the girls and South Hardin and Grundy Center for the boys.

Coach Nuss would like to publicly thank the seniors that were on this team this year, whether it was their first year or fourth year.  “It is a tremendous group of young people who are very talented in many ways and will continue to be successful after their high school careers. Their work ethic and fun attitude will be missed next year.”

The Jaguars had 2 freshmen, 7 sophomores, 4 juniors and only 1 senior compete on Thursday.  “We are extremely young team and it was great to listen to the underclassmen talking about what they want to accomplish next year,” added Coach Nuss.  Coach Nuss would also like to thank assistant coach Sharon Jaeschke with all of her help at practice and meets this year as well as the support of the parents.   

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