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SOS, G-H girls teams run in Districts

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Members of the South O'Brien girls cross country team were happy campers after learning that they finished runner-up at the Class 1A District Cross Country Meet in Holstein Thursday, thereby earning a team berth in Saturday's State XC Meet in Fort Dodge. Photo by Roy Tucker.
RV's Byers, G-H's Boyle earn State berths

HOLSTEIN - The Class A Girls District Cross Country meet was held here on Thursday, and several area schools and athletes turned in good performances.

The South O'Brien girls finished second in the team standings with 117 points, trailing only champion Algona Garrigan, which scored 76 points.

The Wolverines were led by sophomore Diana Quinonez, who took 13th place with a time of 17:41.22. Senior Lindsay Woolston placed 21st, in 17:59.29; sophomore Breanna Mathes 22nd, in 18:00.12; junior Kirsten Thomson 33rd, in 18:31.82; sophomore Ashli Sohn 45th (19:01.77), and sophomore Megan McCully 46th (19:03.28).

Kaysi Byers of River Valley, right, leads a Pocahontas runner to the finish line at the Class 1A District Cross Country Meet Thursday in Holstein. Byers placed eighth to advance to the State Meet Saturday. Photo by Roy Tucker.
River Valley's Kaysi Byers qualified for the State Meet after placing eighth in a time of 16:37.54.

Jayde Boyle of Galva-Holstein notched a ninth-place finish at the Class 1A District Cross Country Meet in Holstein Thursday to earn a state berth Saturday in Fort Dodge. Photo by Roy Tucker.
The host, Galva-Holstein, placed fifth in the team standings with 226 points. The Lady Pirates were led by sophomore Jayde Boyle, who finished in ninth place, in a time of 16:38.53, also qualifying for the State Meet.

Other G-H runners were Sarah Lichter (43rd, 19:01.50), Meagan Meyer (50th, 19:17.35); Madeline McAreavy (57th, 19:26.78); Megan Schwanz (66th, 19:51.44); Samantha Grayson (75th, 20:06.92), and Sarah Forristal (79th, 20:20.80).

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn placed 11th in the team standings, with 358 points. Senior Anna Klingenberg was the fastest MMC runner, finishing 14th in a time of 17:42.22. Other Eagle runners were Jill Bird (67th, 19:52.09), Taylor Hanson (70th, 19:55.59), Danica Hanson (103rd, 21:54.81), Angela Pearson (104th, 22:00.71), Alissa Brady (109th, 22:38.39), and Taryn Godberson (112th, 22:59.91).

Aurelia and River Valley runners also ran, but did not have enough runners to qualify for the team championship. Sammy Maday of RV ran a 20:40.27 to place 86th; the Wolverines' Jessica Sievers placed 105th with a time of 22:02.09,and Mary McGhee was 115th in 24:34.44.

The Bulldogs were led by Erin Laursen, who finished 82nd, with a time of 20:28.56. Teammate Jessica Mann was 91st (20:52.29), and Desiree Thatcher finished 113th (23:04.05).

Aurelia coach Jolene Hultgren said she was very proud of the performances turned in by her team. Each of the girls improved their time by more than a minute from the times they ran on the same course in a September meet.

Hultgren said, "The season was about doing their best every meet and continually getting better, and I feel that they accomplished this."

The top three teams and the top 10 individual runners in all four classes earn a trip to the State Meet Saturday at Fort Dodge.

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