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Lynx boys close gap with rival at Algona Invite

Smith jumps into top 10; Moline steps up her game to place 13th for WCHS girls

September 25, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

ALGONA - Tony Bussan left River Road Golf Course last night with renewed hope.

The North Central Conference meet may not be a runaway after all.

Calling it a "breakout performance" from his Webster City boys' cross country team, Bussan watched his squad close down the gap against fourth-ranked (Class 2A) and predominant conference favorite Fort Dodge St. Edmond at the Algona Invite.

The Gaels were third with 122 points, only 11 ahead of the fourth-place Lynx (133). No. 8-ranked (3A) Charles City (47) dominated, and Fort Dodge Senior (110) was second.

"This performance definitely gives us hope that we can contend strongly at the conference meet coming up in two weeks on the same course," Bussan said. "(We) challenged St. Edmond down to the wire."

Senior Steven Smith grabbed ahold of a top 10 medal; he was 10th in 16:42 to lead the way.

Fact Box

BOYS RESULTS

Team Standings

1. Charles City 47; 2. Fort Dodge Senior 110; 3. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 122; 4. Webster City 133; 5. Spirit Lake 137; 6. Algona 141; 7. Spencer 177; 8. Clear Lake 184; 9. Humboldt 217; 10. Algona Bishop Garrigan 266; 11. Okoboji 293; 12. Forest City 340; 13. Eagle Grove 355; 14. Estherville-Lincoln Central 397; 15. Fairmont (Minn.) 397; 16. Emmetsburg 511; 17. Pocahontas Area 523.

Webster City Boys Results

10. Steven Smith 16:42; 24. Ethan glenn 17:18; 30. Jacob Clabaugh 17:31; 33. Ryan Heinrichs 17:32; 36. Nick Olmstead 17:40; 39. Kenton Johnston 17:42; 68. Antrez Conley 18:34.

GIRLS RESULTS

Team Standings

1. Spencer 71; 2. Charles City 125; 3. Algona 125; 4. Mason City 138; 5. Estherville-Lincoln Central 171; 6. Spirit Lake 192; 7. Algona Bishop Garrigan 196; 8. Webster City 230; 9. Emmetsburg 255; 10. Fairmont (Minn.) 277; 11. Eagle Grove 289; 12. Humboldt 297; 13. Okoboji 342; 14. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 361; 15. Fort Dodge Senior 364; 16. Pocahontas Area 387; 17. Clarion-Goldfield 449.

Webster City Girls Results

13. Morgan Moline 16:16; 48. Courtney Biere 17:13; 51. Allie Flaws 17:19; 53. Cassidy Bultena 17:22; 65. Gina Moline 17:38; 68. Morgan Shannon 17:41; 72. Brenna Paukert 17:48.

Fellow seniors Ethan Glenn (17:18) and Jacob Clabaugh (17:31) were 24th and 30th, respectively, on the 5-kilometer course.

But it was the next group - Ryan Heinrichs (17:32, 33rd), Nick Olmstead (17:40, 36th) and Kenton Johnston (17:42, 39th) - that signified the rebirth of the team, Bussan said.

"Ryan, Nick and Kenton made a huge difference with new personal-record performances by a minute each," Bussan said.

Moline leads girls

Senior Morgan Moline easily finished in the top 20 to lead the Lynx girls' team at the ultra-competitive Algona Invite. She navigated the 4K course in 16:16 to place 13th.

"Morgan improved by nearly a minute over recent times against a highly-ranked field," Bussan said. "It was far and away her best race in the past two years."

WCHS was eighth overall with 230. Tenth-ranked (3A) Spencer (71) won the girls' team title.

Freshmen Courtney Biere (17:13), Allie Flaws (17:19) and Cassidy Bultena (17:22) placed 48th, 51st and 53rd, respectively.

 
 

 

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