HOLSTEIN - Alta-Aurelia won the Class 1A Boys Team Championship at Monday's State Qualifying Cross Country Meet, run on the Holstein Golf Course.
The Warriors of Coach Wendell Larson scored 91 points to beat Trinity Christian by 20 points. The South O'Brien boys finished 5th, with 134 team points.
Individually, the Warriors' Ross Friedrich and Trenton Delp, both sophomores, finished 12th and 15th, respectively, with their times of 18:04.65 and 18:07.86 over the 5k course. Daniel Patterson and Austin Dunnick of South O'Brien finished 21st and 22nd, respectively, with times of 18:32.21 and 18:33.68.
Other times and placings for A-A runners included Michael Swanson (18:43.32, 24th), Tyler Larson (18:46.79, 26th), Jayson Van Haaften (18:47.40, 27th), Sean Berg (19:03.35, 35th) and Titus Letzring (20:09.20, 64th) .
Alta-Aurelia Coach Wendell Larson said of his team's performance : "It was a great night for the Alta-Aurelia Warriors. Everyone ran with a lot of heart and soul out there. This is the second year in a row that the boys have qualified for state. Ross Friedrich, Tyler Larson and Trenton Delp were also on last year's state team. It is the third time the boys have made it to state as a team.
"The boys knew they would have to all run great to give us a chance at one of the coveted top three spots. We were just happy to be one of the three teams to represent the Northwest corner of the state, but winning the whole thing was quite a surprise, and we were all thrilled. I am very proud of all our runners. The boys and girls teams do a great job of supporting each other, and take pride in each team's successes. They are high character kids.
"Prior to arriving, I just told the kids to enjoy the moment, embrace the challenge and don't be afraid. We have had our eye on this day since way back in August, and have worked very hard to get to this point. It is kind of ironic that the boys had not won a meet all year and picked the biggest meet of the year to take top honors. I can not say enough how proud I am of these runners we have at Alta-Aurelia."
For South O'Brien, Brian Haden was 28th, with a time of 18:52.34, Luke Hoger was 34th, with a time of 19:02.05, Tanner Hedberg was 46th, with a time of 19:21.66, Daniel Haden was 49th, with a time of 19:28.05; and Ben Aberson was 51st, with a time of 19:29.93.
In the Girls 1A Team race, South O'Brien's Halee Rahbusch finished 14th, with a time of 17:38.15 over the 4k course; Alta-Aurelia's Chayce Glienke finished 20th, with her time of 17:58.21; and her Warrior teammates Reghan Harms and Stephanie Robbins finished 35th and 50th, respectively, with times of 18:31.73 and 19:14.23.
The Top three finishers at the Qualfying Meets qualify for the State Meet, which will be run on Saturday (October 27th) on the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge. The Class 1A Boys will be the last group to start the 5k race, at 2:30 p.m.
Other Alta-Aurelia runners' times and placings included Katie Post, 56th, in 19:38.03; Ali Turnquist, 59th in 19:47.23; Abby Hill, 70th in 20:21.68; and Hannah Nelson, 76th, in 20:50.26.
South O'Brien runners in addition to Halee Rahbusch included Miranda Liebsack, who finished 62nd in a time of 20:03.75; Arielle Wohlert, who finished 95th in a time of 21:18.76; Kellie Einck, who finished 91st, with a time of 21:40.00 and Rebecca Thiel, whose time of 22:58.99 was good for 105th place.
In the Team Standings, Tri-Center placed first, followed by Prairie Valley and Bishop Garrigan. Alta-Aurelia placed 8th and South O'Brien 10th.