The varsity women's cross country team had to endure the cold weather at the State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday. The Bombers would place 10th overall as a team finishing with 227 team points. Wahlert of Dubuque would win the women's class 3A title with 72 team points.
Ellie Twedt led the Bombers finishing 25th with a time of 19:56. Caitlin Maher (33rd - 20:11), Rachel Wohlgemuth (54th - 20:49), Summer McVicker (56th - 20:50), Lauren Matthews (59th - 20:56), Hailey Cole (61st - 20:57), and Josie Fleischmann (67th - 21:01) rounded out the Bomber racers. Adrianna Katcher of Center Point-Urbana won the race finishing in a time of 18:23.
Comments From Head Coach Scott Barth:
"Overall, we the girls had a decent race on Saturday. Any time you run in the state meet, you know that you are going to be running against loads of good runners and well balanced teams. That raises the pressure to have all of your scorers running well and there can't be any let downs."
"In some way, I think we had a little let down as a team by the outcome of the meet. We had expectations set to finish a bit higher, and I definitely think we had that potential, we just didn't deliver a performance that allowed us to do that. Did we run poorly? Not at all! We just didn't run up to our potential and that makes us a little disappointed."
"Sophomore Ellie Twedt once again paced the girls with a 25th place finish in team scoring. Her time of 19:56 was a little off of her time last season, and I am sure that will be a motivating force for her next season. She is a competitor and will definitely make a charge for all-state recognition in 2018."
"Freshman Caitlin Maher continued on her late season surge to place 33 in team scoring finishing in a time or 20:11. Putting this in perspective, she placed higher than our team's 2nd place finisher from state last season by 12 spots. She has loads of potential and I think I can see her shooting for all-state recognition in the next 1-2 years."
"Sophomore Rachel Wohlgemuth finished up her season on a good note. She placed 54th in team scoring which is an improvement of 9 spots from where she finished last season. Her time of 20:49 was an improvement of 25 seconds from last season. She entered the season with a nagging injury and didn't get a complete season of conditioning, so I expect her to take another step forward next season for us."
"Senior Summer McVicker finished her cross country career with a 56th place finish in team scoring. This is a 24 spot rise from last season. Her time of 20:50 was just over a minute faster than last season at state. She also was 4th on the team for us last season - so her effort was a step in the right direction for us. We are going to miss her leadership immensely. I am thankful to have her on the track in the spring for one more season with me."
"Sophomore Lauren Matthews, who suffered a stress-fracture late last season which kept her out of state competition, ran a gutsy race for us this season in her state debut. She entered the course with a cold. That being said, she ran a 20:56. Based on her regional performance, when she was feeling healthy, we were anticipating her to be running up and near Caitlin since they finished in similar fashion at regional. It's been a tough freshman and sophomore season for Lauren. She really does have the potential to do great things for us the next two season."
"Sophomore Hailey Cole finished 61st in team scoring with a time of 20:57. Comparing that to last season at state she improved by 41 spots and improved her time by 2 minutes and 34 seconds. So, no complaints there! She is becoming a good runner and I suspect that will continue for her going into her junior season."
"Freshman Josie Fleischmann rounded out or varsity line-up with a 67th place finish in team standings. Putting her freshman state meet debut in perspective, her time would have placed her in the 3rd spot for Ballard's state line-up from last season."
"That being said, we are happy with what we have accomplished this season. We are were conference champions and regional champions. We made progress at state meet in terms of improving our state meet overall team placing by 4 spots and our team score by nearly 70 points. Our average scorers at state this year averaged 20:32, which is a 48 second improvement over last state meet in 2016."
"Our goal is to ultimately compete for a state championship. We are on the right path for that to happen in the near future. We are making steady improvement and competing at a higher level (as you can see from the individual stats from above). We return 6 out of our 7 state performers next season and are bringing in solid runners from the middle school line-up. We really, in all honesty should be even better next season. Hardwork and dedication are the keys."
The Bomber's season has concluded.
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STATE MEET TEAM SCORES
1. #1 Wahlert, 72
2. #4 Pella, 104
3. #2 Decorah, 150
4. #6 Dallas Center-Grimes, 157
5. #10 Charles City, 177
6. #13 Bishop Heelan, 184
7. #3 Humboldt, 199
8. #7 North Polk, 201
9. #9 Anamosa, 207
10. #5 Ballard, 227
11. #15 Benton, 240
12. #12 Grinnell, 258
13. #14 Dension-Schleswig, 280
14. #8 Glenwood, 294
15. #11 Spencer, 324
STATE MEET INDIVIDUAL TIMES
25 Ellie Twedt, 19:56
33 Caitlin Maher, 20:11
54 Rachel Wohlgemuth, 20:49
56 Summer McVicker, 20:50
59 Lauren Matthews, 20:56
61 Hailey Cole, 20:57
67 Josie Fleischmann, 21:01