EAGLE GROVE - The Webster City cross country teams performed to the best of their abilities yesterday on a cold and blustery day at the North Central Conference meet, and in the end that was good enough for head coach Tony Bussan.
The Lynx girls' squad put together a strong pack and placed fourth with 106 points at the Eagle Grove Golf Course, only three points behind bronze medalist Iowa Falls-Alden (103).
The Lynx boys slipped to sixth with 149 points, but that didn't dampen Bussan's spirits afterwards.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Webster City’s Gina Moline (right) moves along the Eagle Grove course at yesterday’s NCC meet.
"Our girls team had (its) best overall race of the year in placing fourth, which was about the highest that we felt we could do coming into the race," Bussan said. "When you run your best (boys) team race of the year and earn sixth in the conference, you have to accept that other teams did well in defeating you."
No. 8-ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt dominated the girls field by placing four runners in the top 10 en route to 35 points - a 39-point advantage over runner-up Algona (74). The Bulldogs positioned three competitors in the top 10.
No. 4 (3A) Algona cruised to the boys' team title by 39 points as well. The Bulldogs tallied 32 points, while runner-up Clear Lake checked in with 71. Eighth-ranked (2A) Fort Dodge St. Edmond (82) was third, followed by Humboldt (121) and No. 13 (1A) Eagle Grove (141).
1. Humboldt 35; 2. Algona 74; 3. Iowa Falls-Alden 103; 4. Webster City 106; 5. Clarion-Goldfield 155; 6. Algona Bishop Garrigan 156; 7. Eagle Grove 170; 8. Clear Lake 175; 9. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 181; 10. Hampton-Dumont 240.
Individual Top 10
1. Tiffany Christensen (EG) 15:16; 2. Sam Larson (H) 15:23; 3. Tangy Wiseman (A) 15:55; 4. Maddie Kampen (H) 16:16; 5. Sophia Luu (H) 16:28; 6. Bethany Lippitt (IF-A) 16:30; 7. Jessica Lippitt (IF-A) 16:35; 8. Carissa Pityer (A) 16:43; 9. Kate Curran (H) 16:47; 10. Morgan VanZante (A) 16:49.
Webster City Results
11. Allie Flaws 17:03; 14. Courtney Biere 17:16; 25. Ashley Flaws 18:02; 27. Cassidy Bultena 18:08; 29. Gina Moline 18:10; 47. Sarah Paukert 18:58; 50. Morgan Shannon 19:13.
1. Algona 32; 2. Clear Lake 71; 3. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 82; 4. Humboldt 121; 5. Eagle Grove 141; 6. Webster City 149; 7. Algona Bishop Garrigan 151; 8. Iowa Falls-Alden 160; 9. Hampton-Dumont 260; 10. Clarion-Goldfield NTS.
Individual Top 10
1. Bo Hjelle (A) 16:38; 2. Antonio DeMarco (CL) 17:35; 3. Noah Stephas (EG) 17:15; 4. Peter Hollinger (A) 17:19; 5. Jake Miller (H) 17:25; 6. Casey McEvoy (SE) 17:27; 7. Mason Altman (A) 17:28; 8. Tony Kollasch (BG) 17:29; 9. Loren Shellabarger (A) 17:30; 10. Jake Iverson (CL) 17:31.
Webster City Results
22. Jacob Perin 18:18; 26. Connor Foster 18:33; 28. Brandon Arkland 18:35; 36. Adam McMurray 18:50; 37. Seth Crouthamel 18:52; 42. Demar Lemus 19:04; 56. Jose Cruz 19:58.
Sophomore Allie Flaws stepped to the forefront for the Lynx girls' squad and missed a spot in the top 10 by just 14 seconds. She came across in 17:03 - a season's best clocking - to finish 11th overall.
Classmate Courtney Biere challenged her best time of the season, but fell a few ticks short. Still, her time of 17:16 was good enough to take 14th.
Ashley Flaws (18:02), Cassidy Bultena (18:08) and Gina Moline (18:10) all ran within steps of one another over the 4-kilometer course. Ashley Flaws placed 25th, Bultena came across in 27th and Moline was 29th.
"Overall, I felt our girls ran their best when it mattered the most," Bussan said. "To be within three points of Iowa Falls-Alden, who had beaten us soundly at South Hardin 10 days ago, shows that we really stepped up and competed."
Jacob Perin, Connor Foster, Seth Crouthamel and Demar Lemus all turned in their time races of the season for the Lynx boys. Perin took over the lead and closed out the 5K course in 18:18 to place 22nd. Foster was just 15 seconds in back in 18:33 to finish 26th. Crouthamel (18:52) fell into the 37th-place slot, while Lemus (19:04) was 42nd.
Seniors Brandon Arkland (18:35) and Adam McMurray (18:50) - competing with strep throat - gutted out the conditions to place 28th and 36th, respectively.
"Adam didn't match his season's best, but the fact that he scored for us is a huge statement of how much he cared," Bussan said.
Eagle Grove's Tiffany Christensen again reigned as the league queen, as she held off Humboldt's Sam Larson down the stretch to win the girls' individual gold. Christensen turned in a time of 15:16, while Larson crossed in 15:23.
Algona's Bo Hjelle ran all by himself for much of the race and strolled to the boys' individual title in 16:38. Silver medalist Antonio DeMarco of Clear Lake (17:35) trailed by 57 seconds.