EAGLE GROVE - Ten personal-record times - six from the boys' team and four from the girls' side - made Jim Klein a very happy man here yesterday evening.
The South Hamilton cross country coach had no idea what got into his teams, but he's smart enough not to ask questions. He'll simply enjoy the moment.
"I really don't know what happened, but it's by far the best we've run all season," Klein said after his boys placed second and his girls took third in Class B at the Dick Bell Invitational. "It was very surprising."
The 13th-ranked (Class 1A) Hawk boys tallied 70 points to trail only No. 15 (2A) Fort Dodge St. Edmond, which walked off the hilly course with the gold trophy after putting up 34 points. Eagle Grove was third with 114, while Emmetsburg (118) and Clarion-Goldfield (137) rounded out the top five.
Keaton Hake was one of the personal-record setters. The senior leader of the team turned in a time of 17 minutes, 15 seconds to finish third overall. Allen Fiddelke (18:21) snuck into the final top-10 spot and Joe Mechaelsen (18:31) was 14th.
Zach Coster (18:44) - the only Hawk not to turn in his best-ever time - moved into the No. 4 slot for South Hamilton, as he was 21st and one spot ahead of teammate Arlen Burroughs (18:46).
|Dick Bell Invitational|
|Team Standings (Class B)|
|1. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 34; 2. South Hamilton 70; 3. Eagle Grove 114; 4. Emmetsburg 118; 5. Clarion-Goldfield 137; 6. Mason City Newman 159; 7. Algona Bishop Garrigan 188; 8. South Hardin 198; 9. Belmond-Klemme 200; 10. West Fork 225.|
|South Hamilton Results|
|3. Keaton Hake 17:15; 10. Allen Fiddelke 18:21; 14. Joe Mechaelsen 18:31; 21. Zach Coster 18:44; 22. Arlen Burroughs 18:46; 27. Jordan Lutjen 19:22; 36. Nick Olsen 19:50.|
|1. Mason City Newman 51; 2. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 78; 3. South Hamilton 97; 4. Clarion-Goldfield 143; 5. Eagle Grove 144; 6. West Fork 150; 7. Emmetsburg 225.|
|South Hamilton Results|
|15. Alyson Fisher 17:44; 16. Emma Boor 17:58; 19. Rebekah Rueger 18:01; 23. Katie Boor 18:22; 24. Meghan Fisher 18:25; 29. Kenzie Boor 18:44; 32. Anna Enabnit 18:57.|
Alyson Fisher guided the Hawk girls' squad to 97 points. Eighth-ranked (1A) Mason City Newman put up 51 points to win the team title easily, and No. 8 (2A) St. Edmond grabbed the silver with 78. Fisher turned in a 15th-place performance in 17:44. Emma Boor (17:58) was the next runner to finish and Rebekah Rueger (18:01) was just three places behind in 19th.
Katie Boor (18:22, 23rd) and Meghan Fisher (18:25, 24th) completed South Hamilton's scoring five.
Klein credited Hake and Fisher with running solid races, and then the packs behind the leaders for the Hawks' surge up the leaderboard.
"We got our first runners up where they should be and then we got our packs closer to our first runners," he said. "The competition was really good and that helped as well."
Klein hopes his teams can repeat their efforts Thursday evening when South Hamilton hosts its own invite at the Jewell Golf and Country Club. Running will get underway at 5 p.m.