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Top 10 magnets Lucas, Ervin lead Hawk girls to another team title

No. 11 SH girls nip No. 12 Garrigan by 13 points at Eagle Grove Invite

October 3, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

EAGLE GROVE - South Hamilton's pack tightened, as did its stranglehold on the Eagle Grove Invitational Class B team championship here last night.

With their second through fifth runners finishing within 37 seconds of one another, the 11th-ranked (Class 2A) Hawks pushed all of their scorers into the top 20 at the Eagle Grove Golf Course to distance themselves from runner-up and 12th-ranked (1A) Algona Bishop Garrigan.

South Hamilton tallied 58 points and Garrigan put up 71. Mason City Newman (94), Emmetsburg (95) and Eagle Grove (98) rounded out the top five.

"We were really running in a tight pack, especially at the beginning of the race," South Hamilton head coach Darrell Paulsen said.

Sophomore leader Kayla Lucas was a bit under the weather dealing with a cold, but it didn't hinder her from placing in the top five. She completed the 4-kilometer course that featured several rolling hills in 16 minutes, 53 seconds to take fifth.

Allyson Ervin (17:36) joined Lucas in the top 10; she was eighth. Megan Fisher (17:49) closed strong to place 11th, and Rachael Huegerich (17:57) strode across in 16th. Kali Lucas (18:13) finished off the triumphant night by taking 18th.

Fact Box


Class B Team Standings

1. South Hamilton 58; 2. Algona Bishop Garrigan 71; 3. Mason City Newman 94; 4. Emmetsburg 95; 5. Eagle Grove 98; 6. North Iowa 105; 7. Belmond-Klemme 226.

South Hamilton Results

5. Kayla Lucas 16:53; 8. Allyson Ervin 17:36; 11. Meghan Fisher 17:49; 16. Rachael Huegerich 17:57; 18. Kali Lucas 18:13; 25. Jessica Zoske 18:37; 34. Sidney Alsager 19:36.


Class B Team Standings

1. North Iowa 47; 2. Algona Bishop Garrigan 69; 3. South Hamilton 76; 4. Eagle Grove 86; 5. West Fork 88; 6. Emmetsburg 187; 7. Mason City Newman 192; 8. Belmond-Klemme 201.

South Hamilton Results

6. Jacob Heeren 17:51; 14. Zach Coster 19:03; 15. Alex Bristow 19:06; 20. Caleb Olson 19:21; 21. Jordan Toillion 19:31; 36. Jordan Lutjen 20:15; 40. Alarick Seuferer 20:34.

"Kayla had that cold and she probably didn't run up to par, but the next four girls did," Paulsen said.

SH boys third

Jacob Heeren again led the South Hamilton boys' cross country team, finishing the 5K course in 17:51, to place sixth overall against a deep field.

The Hawks occupied the third-place slot in the team standings with 76 points. No. 14-ranked (2A) North Iowa had 47 points to sit atop the class, while Bishop Garrigan was second with 69.

"I thought the boys ran together in a pretty good pack, too," Paulsen said. "And that's a really tough course with a lot of hills, but that should be good preparation for when we hit the (ISU) course for conference."

Zach Coster (19:03) and Alex Bristow (19:06) finished just three seconds apart in 14th and 15th, respectively. Caleb Olson (19:21) was 20th, a spot ahead of teammate Jordan Toillion (19:31).

South Hamilton will play host on Thursday at the Jewell Golf and Country Club. The Hawk Invitational is scheduled to get underway at 5 p.m.



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