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Consistent Hawk boys third at Nevada Invite

Heeren, Bristow, pack of three make the difference; No. 9 girls also take bronze

September 25, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

NEVADA - The South Hamilton boys' cross country team may not always be the featured attraction, but give the Hawks one thing - they're consistent.

Jacob Heeren out front? Check.

Alex Bristow next across? Check.

Caleb Olson, Zach Coster and Jordan Lutjen packed up? Check.

The narrative didn't change on Monday at Hickory Grove Park, as the Hawks used their consistency to score 99 points and place third in the Nevada Invite Class B team standings behind champion West Marshall (80) and runner-up East Marshall (87). Ninth-ranked (Class 1A) BCLUW (102) faded behind South Hamilton and finished fourth.

"The guys just looked pretty strong again (last night)," South Hamilton head coach Darrell Paulsen said. "We've been improving in every meet and we had pretty good competition again."

Fact Box


Class B Team Standings

1. CMB 80; 2. Roland-Story 81; 3. South Hamilton 97; 4. East Marshall 104; 5. Madrid 123; 6. South Hardin 124; 7. Prairie Valley 129; 8. BCLUW 172; 9. West Marshall 210.

South Hamilton Results

6. Kayla Lucas 16:34; 21. Rachael Huegerich 17:28; 23. Meghan Fisher 17:37; 24. Kali Lucas 17:46; 27. Allyson Ervin 18:00; 38. Jessica Zoske 18:38; 41. Sidney Alsager 18:52.


Class B Team Standings

1. West Marshall 80; 2. East Marshall 87; 3. South Hamilton 99; 4. BCLUW 102; 5. South Hardin 102; 6. Roland-Story 106; 7. Madrid 190.

South Hamilton Results

3. Jacob Heeren 17:10; 19. Alex Bristow 18:10; 24. Caleb Olson 18:30; 25. Zach Coster 18:30; 28. Jordan Lutjen 18:44; 44. Jordan Toillion 19:45; 61. Zach Puls 21:42.

Heeren, a sophomore who has led the Hawks in every meet this season, worked his way into the top three and snared the bronze medal with a 5-kilometer time of 17 minutes, 10 seconds.

Bristow, who gradually jumped up to be Heeren's wing man this season, came in one minute later and placed 19th.

The next wave of Hawks all finished within 14 seconds of one another and ensured the top-three result. Olson (18:30) was 24th, Coster (18:30) was right at his side in 25th, and Lutjen (18:44) settled into 28th.

SH girls also third

With the distinction of being a top 10 team for the first time, the South Hamilton girls' cross country squad took a small step backwards by placing third in Class B. The ninth-ranked (2A) Hawks tallied 97 points, trailing Heart of Iowa Conference rivals CMB (80) and Roland-Story (81).

Sophomore Kayla Lucas continued to be the team linchpin. She finished sixth in 16:34.

Classmate Allyson Ervin was in the hunt for a top 10 spot as well until she suffered the dreaded side ache - a cross country runner's arch-enemy - midway through the race; she dropped back to 27th in 18:00.

Freshman Rachael Huegerich picked up the slack and finished 21st in 17:28.



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