Rebecca Anderson broke the tape in the girls’ freshmen/sophomore race in 19:14.7 last week at Waverly. (Photo courtesy of Decorah Girls Cross Country Facebook Page)
Rebecca Anderson broke the tape in the girls’ freshmen/sophomore race in 19:14.7 last week at Waverly. (Photo courtesy of Decorah Girls Cross Country Facebook Page)

Once again, the Decorah girls’ and boys’ cross country teams had a good showing at the Dick Pollitt-Go Hawk Classic in Waverly Tuesday, Sept. 8. 

Scoring system

The Classic utilizes a different scoring method than other meets. Each high school squad is divided into grades. Harriers compete against runners only at their age level. To form an overall team score, the squad’s top-five runners, with no more than two representatives for each grade level, are combined. Individual grade level races are scored by each team’s top-three runners. Cumulative and individual team scores were unavailable at press time.

Viking men

“We learned a lot about the value of preparation,” said Decorah boys’ coach Brad Johansen. “I suspect we will use these lessons to improve in the future.”

Class 3A No. 3 Brady Hogan raced with the front pack in the boys’ junior/senior race, touring the course in 17:06.4, claiming fourth place. Completing the 5K mud course in 18:09.5 was Class 3A No. 27 Noah Lovelace, good for 15th place. A time of 18:24.9 earned Izaak Eichinger a 23rd place finish. Hogan Smith rounded out the top-25 in a time of 18:32.3 while Bennett Schutte was the fifth Viking harrier to cross the finish line. Schutte finished with a time of 19:02.8, collecting 41st place.

In the boys’ freshmen/sophomore race, Jacob Magner was the top Viking finisher in 19th place, clocking in at 19:50.1. Henry Weis blazed to the finish line in 20:07.3 to finished 24th overall. Cade Olson collected a time of 20:18.3 to finish 28th place.

Decorah girls

Breaking the tape in the freshmen/sophomore race in 19:14.7 was Decorah’s Rebecca Anderson, who is ranked No. 6 in Class 3A. Crossing the finish line in 22:28.3 was Madison Tollefson, with Mairi Sessions and Annalise Skrade on her heels in 21st and 22nd in 22:33.1. 

Leila Johnson was the top Lady Vike finisher in the junior/senior race. She stopped the clock at 21:56.4 to garner 17th place. In 22nd place with a time of 22:24.8 was Samantha See, while Abby Halverson notched a 27th place in 22:41. Rounding out the top five Decorah finishes were Taryn Sanderman (28th, 22:41.0) and Mya Numedahl (36th, 23:14.7).

“It was not a nice night for running as it was rainy and cool,” said girls’ coach Cristy Nimrod. “However, our athletes made the most of another opportunity to run. I was pleased with our mental toughness and our ability to compete. We had some great pack running tonight.”

Waukon recap

The Waukon Indians saw much success on the course as well with Nathan O’Neill finishing seventh in the boys’ freshmen/sophomore race in 18:49.5. Clocking in at 19:33.7 was Wyatt Gulla for the Indians in 13th place. Rounding out the top-25 was Josh Keenan in 20:09.6.

Ryan Lubahn was the top finisher for the junior/senior boys in 18:55.8, to earn 37th place, with Logan Delaney on his heels in 38th place in a time of 18:56.0.

In the girls’ races it was Waukon’s Bailey Shafter finishing in 14th place in the junior/senior event in 21:49.8. Not too far behind at 22:12.8 was Annika Headington in 19th place and Madelyn Helgerson in 25th place in 22:39.1

Paige Hansmeier topped the Indian line-up in the girls’ freshmen/sophomore event, touring the course in 23:37.7, good for 31st place. Coming home in 24:19.6 for 45th place was Kaitlyn Krambeer.

Coming up

Waukon harriers will return to the course at Starmont tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 15) at 4:30 p.m. while Decorah’s next competition will be at Cedar Falls Thursday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m.