Men's Cross Country Finishes Season At Humboldt

Men's Cross Country Finishes Season At Humboldt

The men's cross country team placed 10th at the state qualifying meet on Thursday in Humboldt.  Jack Chism paced the Bombers finishing 37th in a time of 18:29.  Jace Beall ran in 18:35 good enough for a 41st place finish.  Jonah Olson finished 58th in a time of 19:18.  Chris Lee (59th - 19:18), Gage Long (64th - 19:27), Dante Jones (74th - 20:00), and Ian Godbold (82nd - 20:35) rounded out the Bomber runners.  Gilbert, Waverly-Shell Rock, and Humboldt qualified their teams to the state cross country meet next Saturday finishing in the top three.

Comments From Head Coach Scott Barth:

"This has been a tough season for our guys.  I am not sure there has been a season where I have had a team with so many injuries and illnesses going around the team.  That being said, I am proud of these guys for fighting through it and not giving up on the team. 

The boys were once again lead by Junior Jack Chism, who was the only athlete in our top 5 that avoided the obstacles that this season presented.  Senior Jace Beall closed out his Ballard cross country career with one of his most complete races of the season.  Senior Jonah Olson and Sophomore Chris Lee ran side by side into the finish as our 3rd and 4th runners.  Junior Gage Long completed his comeback from illness to close out the scoring for us.  Senior Dante Jones battled through injuries all season to finish 6th for us and Freshman Ian Godbold closed out our varsity team with a 7th place finish on the team. 

All in all, it wasn't the season we expected to have on the boys side, but there are hopeful signs for future growth.  We will be losing several good seniors heading forward in Jace, Dante and Jonah.  However, Jack, Chris, Gage, and Freshman Austin Shoen, who we chose to withhold from competition tonight based on a bad ankle and fear he might not finish the hilly course, were consistent runners for us this season.  3 of those 4 were not healthy for us at some point over the course of the season - so hopefully a healthier 2020 will lead to great improvements for them.  Freshman Ian Godbold and Trent Payne showed progress for us at the end of the season and moved them into contention for varsity time.  They have great attitudes and strong work ethics.  So, as you can see - if these 6 returning runners can serve as a core for our team next season  - by putting in summer miles, working hard and getting that mental toughness required of elite cross country athletes, we could actually improve a lot in 1 years time.  I think we can get them committed and onboard - they are good kids and quality athletes.  I look forward to seeing them develop next season and beyond."

The Bombers have finished their season.

STATE QUALIFYING MEET TEAM SCORES

1. Gilbert, 66

2. Waverly-Shell Rock, 85

3. Humboldt, 93

4. LeMars, 122

5. MOC -Floyd Valley, 122

6. Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 123

7. Spencer, 173

8. Webster City, 208

9. Boyden - Hull - Rock Valley, 221

10. Ballard, 259

11. Algona, 286

12. Storm Lake, 303

13. Bishop Heelan, 327

STATE QUALIFYING MEET INDIVIDUAL TIMES

37 Jack Chism, 18:29

41 Jace Beall, 18:35

58 Jonah Olson, 19:18

59 Chris Lee, 19:18

64 Gage Long, 19:27

74 Dante Jones, 20:00

82 Ian Godbold, 20:35