AMES - Hate isn't a strong enough word to describe Jacob Heeren's attitude towards running in the wind.
"It's awful. Just awful," Heeren, a South Hamilton sophomore, said.
Awful was actually award-winning for Heeren yesterday though, as he put aside his personal feelings and battled the southerly winds to place 10th and earn an all-conference medal at the Heart of Iowa Conference meet on the 5K ISU course. It was a giant leap up the leaderboard from last year when he finished 30th.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
South Hamilton sophomore Jacob Heeren (931) closes on a North Polk runner as they race into the wind at Monday’s HOIC meet in Ames. Heeren placed 10th.
"Last year wasn't too good, so this year, getting all-conference, it's the best feeling in the world," Heeren said. "All of that hard work has paid off."
The desire to reach the podium won the battle against the gusts that reached as high as 30 miles per hour, and Heeren was able to coast the final 100 meters with no one pushing from behind to finish in 18 minutes, 27.63 seconds.
"Before the start of the race I told all the guys that it was going to be the worst run ever because it was windy, but I guess it went all right," he said. "I don't know how to describe running into the wind ... it's like you're pushing a wall of 100 pounds because it was at the end (of the race yesterday), so you're already tired. It's tough."
1. North Polk 27; 2. Gilbert 47; 3. Nevada 125; 4. Roland-Story 136; 5. Greene County 137; 6. South Hamilton 145; 7. Saydel 186; 8. CMB 192; 9. PCM 196.
1. Thomas Pollard (G) 16:50.82; 2. Wesley Greder (G) 17:02.36; 3. Peter Smith (NP) 17:05.01; 4. Ryley Sandberg (NP) 17:59.66; 5. Reed Smith (NP) 18:13.46; 6. Paul Robidoux (NP) 18:18.96; 7. Lucas Markey (N) 18:20.22; 8. Jacob Simpson (GC) 18:23.92; 9. Chad Conger (NP) 18:24.94; 10. Jacob Heeren (SH) 18:27.63; 11. Bradley Richard (G) 18:29.21; 12. Aaron Ward (CMB) 18:32.71; 13. Spencer Dedic (R-S) 18:35.13; 14. Casey Roberts (S) 18:36.19.
Other South Hamilton Results
30. Alex Bristow 19:37.31; 32. Zach Coster 19:38.98; 47. Caleb Olson 20:36.53; 58. Jordan Toillion 21:05.02; 64. Jordan Lutjen 21:20.91; 65. Christian Brinkley 21:23.07.
South Hamilton finished sixth in the field of nine teams with 145 points. Second-ranked (Class 2A) North Polk turned in five of the top 10 times to win with 27 points, 20 ahead of runner-up and No. 4 Gilbert (47). Nevada (125) was a distant third.
Gilbert's Thomas Pollard (16:50.82) and Wesley Greder (17:02.36) took ownership of the individual gold and silver medals.
Alex Bristow was the only other Hawk to place among the top 30; he was 30th in 19:37.31.
Other scorers included Zach Coster (19:38.98) in 32nd, Caleb Olson (20:36.53) in 47th and Jordan Toillion (21:05.02) in 58th.
"Very honestly, it's a very tough course for the boys," South Hamilton head coach Darrell Paulsen said.