SW sophomore Megan Hageman raced her way into ninth place at NFV Thursday. (Photo by Marie Conway)
SW sophomore Megan Hageman raced her way into ninth place at NFV Thursday. (Photo by Marie Conway)

Teams from Northeast Iowa converged on West Union Thursday evening for the Bob Scott Cross Country invitational. 

Host and Class 2A No. 12 North Fayette Valley took the crown with 48 points in the boys’ high school race, while Class 1A 15th-ranked South Winn was the runner-up with 87 points. Turkey Valley boys did not have enough runners to field a team score.

In the girls’ race, Class 1A No. 10 South Winn returned to Calmar with the title, scoring 66 points over Dike-New Hartford’s 76. Finishing third was NFV with 126, while Turkey Valley posted a team score of 131.


Two silver medalists

The Warriors put runners in the silver medal position in both the boys’ and girls’ races.

In the boys’ race, it was Isaiah Kruckman racing to the finish line second in 18:10 for a season best time. Toby Conway also notched a top-five finish, touring the course in 18:33, good for fifth place. Crossing the finish line in 11th place in a time of 19:01 was Omar Flores, while Hunter Wagner finished the 5K in 20:57 in 31st place. Rounding out the team scoring with a season and lifetime-best was Chase Adam in 39th place, stopping the clock at 21:46.

Billie Wagner also finished in the runner-up position in 20:10 to lead the South Winn girls’ team to a title. Two other Lady Warriors snuck into the top-10 as Megan Hageman and Eryn Sabelka finished back-to-back in ninth and 10th places, respectively. Hageman sprinted to the finish line in 22:12, while Sabelka posted a time of 22:13. Just out of the top-10 was Josie Tieskoetter in 22:15. Rounding out the team score was Anna Dietzenbach in 24:10, good for 35th place.


Blazek third

Racing her way to a bronze finish for the Turkey Valley girls’ team was Jalyssa Blazek. The junior stopped the clock at 20:28 to earn her medal. The second Trojan to cross the finish line in 22:36 was Jaycie Byrne. Coming home in 22:50, good for 19th place was Cambree Kruse. Freshman Alayna Kuennen toured the course in 24:48, to claim 38th place, while Hailey Elsbernd concluded the Trojans’ scoring with an 87th place (59th team) finish in 28:17. Also racing was Kourtney Schmidt, finishing in 28:36, in 92nd place.

The Turkey Valley boys had several athletes on the course, led by junior Dale Schwamman, who finished the 5K in 22:06, in 48th place. Christian Cutsforth came home in 27:01, to finish 91st overall, while Luke Langreck earned a time of 27:44 for 95th place. Nelson Reicks completed the race in 29:43, in 102nd place.


Coming up

Turkey Valley, MFL MarMac and North Fayette Valley get back on the courses tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 15) at Starmont at 4 p.m.

South Winn, Kee and Postville will have a longer layover as they are not set to compete again until Thursday, Sept. 17, at Elkader with racing set to begin at 4:30 p.m.