South Winn’s Chance Adam produced a time of 19:08 at Charles City to finish fifth Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Marie Conway)
South Winn’s Chance Adam produced a time of 19:08 at Charles City to finish fifth Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Marie Conway)

The South Winn and Turkey Valley cross country teams competed at the Trent Smith cross country invite Thursday in Charles City.

The meet was run as a junior/senior race and a freshman/sophomore event. No team scores were kept.

Trojan power

Jalyssa Blazek sprinted to victory in 20:27 in the girls’ freshman/sophomore 5K race to lead Turkey Valley. Jaycie Byrne finished in the top-10 in the junior/senior race in 22:38, good for ninth. 

It was great to see how she (Jalyssa) would compete against Billy (Wagner) from South Winn who is going to be a conference front runner this year with Jalyssa,” said Turkey Valley Coach Sarah Bakula. “Jalyssa is a tough and very competitive girl which is good and I want to see that so she went out and ran her race, ending with a great finish to pull away from Billy.”

Also, on the course in the girls’ freshman/sophomore race for the Trojans were Cambree Kruse. The sophomore toured the course in 25:05, good for 16th place, while Hailey Elsbernd carved out a 47th place finish in 29:31.

In the boys’ junior/senior race, Lucas Scheidel clocked in at 21:58, in 40th place. Posting a time of 22:34, Isaac Franzen came home in 46th place.

Dale Schwamman was the lone Trojan in the boys’ freshman/sophomore race, crossing the finish line in 23:05, good for 35th place.

The mindset for the team was to strive to improve from last week’s performances at Ed-Co. For the most part we accomplished that goal with Jalyssa, Jaycie, Dale, Lucas and Cambree  running season best times. Hailey ran the same time (as last week), so on a course like Charles City and with the humidity and temperature as it was that was a great performance as heat and humidity make it a bit harder to run so to improve and or run the same is a great accomplishment. It also shows they are reaping the benefits of practices,” said Coach Bakula.

SW fares well

South Winn’s Emmett Schwartzhoff had third-best time in the boys’ junior/senior race in 18:12. Close behind was Jamison Meyer stopping the clock at 18:33 in sixth place. A time of 19:08 produced a 17th-place finish for Toby Conway. Garnering 36th place in 21:44 was Gabe Sadler, while Luke Davis finished 52nd in 23:12.

The freshmen/sophomore Warriors claimed four top-20 spots. Leading the way was Chance Adam in 19:08, good for fifth place. Isaiah Kruckman crossed the finish line sixth in 19:23, while Ethan Maldonado clocked in at 20:32 in 17th place. Rounding out the top-20 finishes for the young Warriors was Hunter Wagner in 20:49, coming home 19th

Other Warriors touring the course were Omar Flores (21st, 21:13), Connor Frana (41st, 23:38), Dayten Ondrashek (53rd, 25:14) and Dawson Wenthold (54th, 25:16).

In the girls’ freshman/sophomore competition, South Winn freshman Billie Wagner was the runner-up in 20:35. The Lady Warriors took two more top-10 spots as Eryn Sabelka finished seventh in 23:29 and Megan Hageman was eighth in 23:32. Also competing were Ella Willey (19th, 25:37), Quinn Kruckman (24th, 26:40), Yareli Verona (48th, 29:35) and Jenna Sadler (49th, 29:38).

A pair of seniors competed for South Winn in the girls’ junior/senior race. Emma Houdek produced a season-best time of 26:28 to finish 37th overall, while Leah Cullen completed the course in 27:41.

Luther All-American

The South Winn and Turkey Valley squads now gear up to compete in the 47th annual All-American invitational at Luther College Saturday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m.