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Oct 4

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West DesMoines Valley girls, Ankeny boys win.. Freshman Kersten Thorgaard 14:15 (so Hannah Roeder 14:16). Keil Uhl 16:05 as most of his US#22 Roosevelt DesMoines teammates sit out. NU's Tim McKenna 15:35 5k gets course record at Waterloo. Nelle Trefz 14:18 leads US#12 Iowa City girls.

ANKENY INVITATIONAL
Otter Creek Golf Course
October 2, 2003

Ankeny’s annual meet featured five of the top 15 ranked teams in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions, and gave a good look at some of central Iowa’s top runners.

The girls’ varsity meet proved to be one of the fastest run in the state this year, with six runners finishing under the 15:00 mark in the 4K. That group of half-a-dozen set a 5:45 pace at the first mile and was shoulder-to-shoulder for more than 3000 meters, until fr Kersten Thorgaard of Ames and so Hannah Roeder of Des Moines Roosevelt opened up a gap on the pack. With less than 50 meters to go, Thorgaard pulled ahead for a one-second victory and a time of 14:15.

West Des Moines Valley, ranked #3 in Class 4A and a serious contender for the state title, put four runners in the top 10 and won with 32 points. Ames was runner-up, scoring 66 points, followed by Roosevelt with three runners in the top 10 and 90 points.

The boys’ race saw a tight team competition between Ankeny, ranked #5 in Class 4A and #9 Ames. Ankeny’s 4-6-10-11-13 finish gave them 44 points to edge out Ames’ total of 57. Most of top boys from US #22 Des Moines Roosevelt sat out the meet, with the exception of Keil Uhl. Uhl, the state’s defending 3200 meter champ, won individual honors with a 16:05 5K. Only four seconds separated the next group of four runners, with John Gilarski of Ames coming out as runner-up with a 16:28.

BOYS

Team Scores
1 Ankeny 44
2 Ames 57
3 West DM Valley 126
4 DM Lincoln 130
5 Johnston 133
6 SE Polk 150
7 DM Roosevelt 160
8 Dowling 185
9 Mason City 198
10 DM Hoover 296
11 DM North 340

Top 10 Individuals
1 Kiel Uhl 16:05 Roosevelt
2 John Gilarski 16:28 Ames
3 Simon Thor 16:29 Lincoln
4 Tim Huegerich 16:31 Ankeny
5 Mat Clark 16:32 Ames
6 Blair Boehm 16:35 Ankeny
7 Sam Ballin 16:37 Valley
8 Kevin Morgan 16:45 Lincoln
9 Matt Mach 16:47 Valley
10 Todd Vogel 16:49 Ankeny

GIRLS

Team Scores
1 West DM Valley 32
2 Ames 66
3 DM Roosevelt 90
4 Johnston 93
5 Ankeny 117
6 Indianola 143
7 DM Lincoln 192
8 SE Polk 221

Top 10 Individuals
1 Kersten Thorgaard 14:15 Ames
2 Hannah Roeder 14:16 Roosevelt
3 Jessica Wiegert 14:27 Valley
4 Lindy Shaw 14:31 Valley
5 Traci Hawley 14:47 Ames
6 Alissa Duffy 14:51 Valley
7 Millie Bell 15:18 Roosevelt
8 Michelle Jensen 15:20 Valley
9 Betsy Rosenblatt 15:27 Roosevelt
10 Steph Robinson 15:31 Johnston


WATERLOO METRO MEET
Irv Warren Golf Course @ Byrnes Park
October 2, 2002

Running at the site of this year’s NCAA championship, schools from the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area gathered for their annual Metro Meet. In the boys’ race, all four of the varsity squads have top 15 rankings in their respective classes, and it was Class 4A #4 Cedar Falls narrowly besting Class 4A #11 Waterloo West, 33 to 42. Waterloo Columbus is ranked #7 in Class 2A and NU High is #10 in Class 1A. But it was a runner from one of the state’s smallest schools who set a new course record on his way to the individual win. Tim McKenna of NU High, the top-ranked Class 1A individual, ran a 15:35 5K to hold off Waterloo West’s Levi Forrester (15:44).

The girls’ competition was a dual between Cedar Falls and Waterloo West, with Cedar Falls living up to their Class 4A #4 ranking. They put seven runners in the top seven spots, scoring a perfect 15 in the process. Samantha Nygren was the medalist in the 4K race with a 14:46.

BOYS

Team Scores
1 Cedar Falls 33
2 Waterloo West 42
3 Waterloo Columbus 73
4 NU High (Cedar Falls) 94
5 Waterloo West “B” 147

Top 10 Individuals
1 Tim McKenna 15:35 NU
(Course HS Boys Record – previous 16:02)
2 Levi Forrester 15:44 Waterloo West
3 Steve Downs 16:29 Cedar Falls
4 Brock Lindsey 16:39 Waterloo West
5 Steve Arnston 16:40 Cedar Falls
6 Evan Koester 16:41 Cedar Falls
7 Brent Nie 16:42 Waterloo Columbus
8 Rex Reed 16:44 Waterloo West
9 Michael Steen 16:47 Cedar Falls
10 Brian Chenoweth 16:57 Cedar Falls

GIRLS

Team Scores
1 Cedar Falls 15
2 Waterloo West 52

Top 10 Individuals
1 Samantha Nygren 14:46 Cedar Falls
2 Caylin Cervetti 15:01 Cedar Falls
3 Lyssa Steckelberg 15:08 Cedar Falls
4 Cassie Naaktgeboren 15:13 Cedar Falls
5 Kim Cessna 15:17 Cedar Falls
6 Danielle Kelly 15:32 Cedar Falls
7 Kate Poland 15:34 Cedar Falls
8 Kelly Wirth 15:56 Waterloo West
9 Kelsey Helgasen 16:05 Waterloo West
10 Lindsey McKinley 16:19 Waterloo West


LITTLE HAWK INVITATIONAL
University of Iowa cross country course (Iowa City, IA)
October 2, 2003

The Iowa City High boys and girls are both ranked #2 in Iowa’s Class 4A, so it’s not surprise that both teams came out number one at their invitational, scoring 17 and 21 points, respectively. This year’s meet proved to be a test drive, of sorts, for the new cross country course at the University of Iowa, which will host next year’s Big Ten championship.

Senior Colin Swaney of City High, who last year played football, led his team in the boys’ race with a 16:10, followed by teammates Dan Groepper (16:13) and Dirk Marple (16:17). On the girls’ side, Nelle Trefz of City High, fresh from a 3rd place finish at the Griak Invitational, won with a 14:18 4K, ahead of teammate Jennie Funk’s 14:24.

BOYS

Team Scores
1 City High 17
2 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 56
3 Iowa Mennonite School 102
4 Pekin 103
5 Des Moines East 121

Top 5 Individuals
1 Colin Swaney 16:10 City High
2 Dan Groepper 16:13 City High
3 Dirk Marple 16:17 City High
4 Jermiah Yassin 16:25 Des Moines East
5 David McKay 16:29 City High

GIRLS

Teams Scores
1 Iowa City High 21
2 Iowa Mennonite School 57
3 Pekin 67
4 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 93
5 Des Moines East 144

Top 5 Individuals
1 Nelle Trefz 14:18 City High
2 Jennie Funk 14:24 City High
3 Annette Gingerich 15:13 IMS
4 Sarah Johnston 15:16 Pekin
5 Drew Foreman 15:19 City High


DUBUQUE CITY MEET
Dubuque Soccer Complex
October 2, 2003

The three high schools in Dubuque – Senior, Hempstead and Wahlert – gathered for their annual show down in a city that has a history of producing top Iowa distance runners. The boys’ race saw two of the top teams in Iowa squaring off with Class 4A #10 Senior and Class 3A #1 Wahlert. Senior got the better end of the deal, topping Wahlert 20 to 40. Senior also earned the medalist honor, with Kevin Oberfoell running a 16:33 5K to finish ahead of Wahlert’s Ryan Dolan (16:45).

The girls’ race also featured one of the state’s top teams, Class 3A #4 Wahlert, but they narrowly came out ahead of the girls from Hempstead, winning 30 to 39. Wahlert did grab the top two individual spots: Sarah Fassbinder, runner-up at last year’s state championship, ran a 14:25 4K and cruised to a victory over teammate Mary Bridget Corken (15:34).

BOYS

Team Scores
1 Dubuque Senior 20
2 Wahlert 40
3 Hempstead 74

Top 10 Individuals
1 Kevin Oberfoell 16:33 Senior
2 Ryan Dolan 16:45 Wahlert
3 Isaac Salwolke 17:02 Senior
4 Jim Kemp 17:12 Senior
5 Ray Orris 17:14 Senior
6 Justin Potter 17:21 Hempstead
7 David Sinsky 17:26 Senior
8 Jacob Bahl 17:47 Wahlert
9 Andy Weber 17:48 Wahlert
10 Brian Koch 17:49 Wahlert

GIRLS

Team Scores
1 Wahlert 30
2 Hempstead 39
3 Dubuque Senior 60

Top 10 Individuals
1 Sara Fassbinder 14:25 Wahlert
2 Mary Bridget Corken 15:34 Wahlert
3 Elizabeth Johnson 16:04 Hempstead
4 Amanda Paige 16:34 Hempstead
5 Katherine McCabe 16:59 Senior
6 Kim Tranel 16:53 Wahlert
7 Stephanie Whalen 16:59 Senior
8 Erica Alcordo 17:01 Hempstead
9 Morgan Loveless 17:02 Hempstead
10 Megan Esch 17:02 Wahlert

 

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