Lucas cracks top 10, Hawk girls sixth at Dick Bell Invite

EAGLE GROVE – The South Hamilton girls’ cross country team did just fine at the top of the roster at Tuesday’s Dick Bell Invitational, but inconsistency at the back of the lineup continued to be a road block at the Eagle Grove Golf Course.

The Hawks had a more than 21?2-minute gap between its scoring runners and they put up 119 points to place sixth in the eight-team Class B field. No. 9-ranked (Class 1A) Emmetsburg captured the top spot with 47 points, 30 ahead of runner-up and 15th-ranked (1A) West Fork (81).

Kayla Lucas was solid in the top slot for South Hamilton, as the senior navigated her way around the hilly terrain in 17:29 to place 10th. Allyson Ervin moved into the No. 2 role by covering the 4-kilometer course in 18:18 to finished in the 22nd position. Rachael Huegerich (18:51) was right behind Ervin in 23rd, and Sarah Rueger (19:14) was 27th.

Kali Lucas (20:02) finished out the Hawks’ scoring in 37th.

“Our top three or four girls ran pretty well,” South Hamilton head coach Darrell Paulsen said. “We just need to be more consistent with our fifth, sixth and seventh runners, and right now we’re not.”

The South Hamilton boys’ team (149 points) competed without Drake Thompson, yet still managed to match the girls’ efforts with a sixth-place finish. Thompson, out with the flu, has finished in the Nos. 1 or 2 positions for the squad all season.

No. 10-ranked (2A) Eagle Grove celebrated on its home course after it toppled top-ranked (1A) West Fork for the team crown, 50-60.

Devon Fisher ran without his sidekick, yet still managed to complete the 5K course in 18:47 to finish 18th. Josiah Brown (19:13) had his best race of the season en route to 22nd, as did 26th-place finisher Jacob Ratzke (19:34).

Sam Spicer (36th, 21:30) and Thomas Coster (47th, 24:04) were also counting runners.

South Hamilton will be at the Jewell Golf and Country Club this afternoon to host the Jim Klein Invitational.