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Hawk girls hold their own in large one-class field at Humboldt

Missing Heeren, SH boys fall off pace

September 24, 2013
The Daily Freeman Journal

HUMBOLDT - The flat course at the Humboldt Country Club was replaced by the wooded and hilly terrain of Joe Sheldon Park for the Humboldt Invitational yesterday, and the change took a toll on times posted.

"They wanted to make the course challenging, so they moved it and that's fine," South Hamilton head coach Darrell Paulsen said after his eighth-ranked (Class 1A) girls placed fifth and 10th-ranked boys took 16th. "It was a difficult course and that will only help us later in the season."

The one-class meet featured 17 girls' squads and 18 on the boys' side. The Hawks went up against a slew of bigger schools, but that didn't intimidate the girls, who placed all five scoring runners in the top 42 in the field of 125 competitors.

"I think the girls were kind of nervous with the fact that it was a new course and there were some hills, but I thought they ran well," Paulsen said.

The Hawks posted 159 points, trailing meet champion and host Humboldt (70), as well as fifth-ranked (1A) Pocahontas Area (70), Algona (85) and No. 14 (1A) Emmetsburg (133).

Kayla Lucas was the first team member to coast past the finish line; she was 13th in 17:13.

Fact Box

HUMBOLDT INVITATIONAL

Girls Team Standings

1. Humboldt 70; 2. Pocahontas Area 70; 3. Algona 85; 4. Emmetsburg 133; 5. South Hamilton 159; 6. Boone 170; 7. Iowa Falls-Alden 197; 8. Garner-Hayfield 241; 9. Algona Bishop Garrigan 241; 10. Clarion-Goldfield 286; 11. Fort Dodge Senior 302; 12. Hampton-Dumont 303; 13. Eagle Grove 320; 14. Clear Lake 325; 15. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 395; 16. Prairie Valley 399; 17. Forest City 464.

South Hamilton Results

13. Kayla Lucas 17:13; 32. Meghan Fisher 18:04; 34. MaKayla Monthei 18:05; 38. Rachael Huegerich 18:06; 42. Kali Lucas 18:13; 64. Sarah Rueger 18:40; 95. Annie Johnson 19:58.

Boys Team Standings

1. Boone 44; 2. Algona 62; 3. Fort Dodge Senior 110; 4. Garner-Hayfield 129; 5. Clear Lake 150; 6. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 153; 7. Algona Bishop Garrigan 214; 8. Iowa Falls-Alden 226; 9. Ogden 273; 10. Humboldt 291; 11. Forest City 296; 12. Eagle Grove 297; 13. Prairie Valley 358; 14. Hampton-Dumont 384; 15. Manson-Northwest Webster 386; 16. South Hamilton 404; 17. Emmetsburg 422; 18. Clarion-Goldfield 568.

South Hamilton Results

71. Jacob Ratzke 20:14; 76. Drake Thompson 20:23; 80. Hunter Johnson 20:28; 88. Jordan Toillion 20:29; 89. Luke Jacoby 20:51; 90. Gabe Rueger 20:53.

Meghan Fisher (18:04) and MaKayla Monthei (18:05) were separated by just a step en route to 34th- and 36th-place finishes, respectively. Rachael Huegerich (18:06) was in the mix as well in 38th, and Kali Lucas (18:13) was 42nd.

"All of our scoring girls were within a minute of each other, so that was good," Paulsen said.

The South Hamilton boys' team competed without leader Jacob Heeren, who felt ill prior to the race. His absence was certainly a factor in the Hawks' inability to contend.

"Not having Jacob obviously hurt, but I thought (the boys) ran pretty well," Paulsen said after the Hawks posted 404 points. "All of the guys ran in a pack and that's where we're going to need them down the road."

Jacob Ratzke (20:14) placed 71st in the field of 123 to pace the squad. Drake Thompson (20:23) was 76th, Hunter Johnson (20:28) 80th, Jordan Toillion (20:29) 88th and Luke Jacoby (20:51) 89th.

Second-ranked (3A) Boone claimed the boys' team crown with 44 points. No. 4 (3A) Algona was second with 62.

 
 

 

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