Maquoketa Valley’s Cy Huber paced the competition at the Class 1A State-Qualifying Meet at the Guttenberg Golf Course, Oct. 22. The Wildcat junior won the individual title with a time of 17:35.
Fellow juniors Nolan Ries and Michael Schaul placed third (17:44) and fifth (18:15) respectively to help lead MV to a second-place team finish. Rounding out the scoring five were senior Mitch Heims in 19th (19:12) and junior Brock Trenkamp in 22nd (19:25). Also racing were Landin Frasher 23rd (19:36) and Toby Grimm 38th (20:26).
“It was a good team (finish) in that the time difference between our first and fifth runner was the smallest of the year. All seven guys competed very well and all contributed to our success. We now hope to go to Fort Dodge and improve on our state ranking which is currently fifth,” co-coach Pat Meehan said.
South Winneshiek won the boys’ team title with 27 points. MV’s 45 points gave the Wildcats second place and the other team berth to the state meet which will be held at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge. The Class 1A boys will run at 4 p.m.
Clayton Ridge finished third (123), Alburnett fourth (131), Postville fifth (137), Sumner-Fredericksburg sixth (151), Tripoli seventh (208), MFL MarMac eighth (209), Wapsie Valley 10th (227) and Edgewood-Colesburg 11th (228).
Junior Emma Doyl was MV’s lead runner in the girls’ race. She finished 28th in 24:01. Allison Hogan was 54th (27:44) and Jordan Hogan 59th (29:00). MV was not able to earn a team score in the girls’ race with only three runners.
Meehan was pleased with the girls’ performance. “They all ran strong races to conclude their season,” he said.
South Winneshiek (46) and Kee (83) earned the team berths to state for the girls. Sumner-Fredericksburg was third (91), Wapsie Valley fourth (101), Turkey Valley fifth (104), MFL MarMac sixth (135), Central Elkader seventh (143) and Edgewood-Colesburg eighth (198).