Stiff competition at Luther’s All-American Race

Teams from throughout the Midwest met on the Luther College campus Saturday competing in the area’s largest cross country meet of the season.
With 376 points, the Viking girls finished 11th in the team standings, posted a 3:00 spread and average time of 21:47. It was a spread of 52 seconds with an average time of 18:05 for the Decorah boys in their 15th place finish in the field of 32 teams.
The South Winn girls put up a valiant effort in the varsity race with an average time of 22:27 and spread of 1:12 to earn 15th place with 466 points.
Turkey Valley did not have enough harriers in any race to field a team score with just four runners competing.
In JV action, Decorah took eighth in the girls’ race with 204 points, while the boys’ finished third with 108 points.

Leading Decorah
Decorah sophomore Amelia Roe was among the leaders throughout Saturday’s varsity girls’ race, finishing ninth overall in 19:27.90. Olivia Volkmann was the second Viking girl to cross the finish line. The freshman earned 88th place in 22:09.60. Touring the 5K course in 22:24.90 was Lily Sandhorst in 99th place with Ana Simon not too far back in 101st place with a time of 22:25.20. Rounding out the team score for Decorah in 105th with a time of 22:28.80 was senior Brynn Storhoff. Other girls running the varsity 5K were Deborah Hougen (125th, 22:49.20), Danielle Losen (130th, 23:09.00); Amelia Wadsworth (134th, 23:11.70), Brinlee Courtney (158th, 23:54.90) and Kamryn Steines (174th, 24:15.10).
For the boys it was Garrett See leading the Vikes to the finish line in 17:39.50, to claim 59th place. Grant Zilka stopped the clock at 18:00.20, to earn the 80th spot. Senior Henry Weis picked up 83rd place with a time of 18:03.70, followed by Thomas Hammel in 91st. Hammel posted a time of 18:11.90. Finishing up the Viking scorecard in 110th place was Oliver Bollinger with a time of 18:32.10. Landyn Hook (136th, 19:00.10) and Keaton Nalean-Carlson (148th, 19:10.70) also competed in the varsity race for Decorah.

South Winn trailblazers
Posting a time of 21:57.70, freshman Annie Hageman was the first South Winn harrier to stop the clock and claimed 77th place. Josie Tieskoetter, a senior, was on her heels and finished in 21:59.70, good for 79th place. Rounding out the top trio for the Warriors was another freshman, Ava Franzen, who finished her 5K run in 22:06.00 to earn 84th place. Touring the course in 23:03.40, Karissa Wenthold grabbed 128th place with Maddy Jansen rounding out the scorecard in 131st place in 23:10.40. Izzy Kuboushek also ran in the varsity race and finished in 24:11.80, good for 171st place.
The Warrior boys did not fill a varsity squad, but instead ran their normal runners in the junior varsity race. Setting the pace for South Winn was Abe Conway. The senior stopped the clock at 18:47.50, good for 25th place. Brad Dahl’s time of 19:15.50, earned the sophomore 43rd place with Bo Wangsness crossing the finish line in 20:39.10 to take 94th place. Brennan Franzen finished the course in 227th place in 23:08.80 with Diego Flores concluding the team score in 234th place with a time of 23:26.70. Others competing for South Winn were Eli Higgins (244th, 23:43.50), Max Moonen (268th, 24:22.40) and Brady Lensing (289th, 26:15.30).

Trojan harriers
Russell Nieman competed in the boys’ varsity and stopped the clock at 19:19.20 to take 155th place, while Bode Balk posted a time of 21:20.80 in the junior varsity boys race, bringing home 144th place overall. Avery Franzen also competed in the JV boys’ race, finishing in 24:28.50 and finished 270th.
Freshman Hazel Nieman represented the Trojan girls’ team for the day, competing in the junior varsity race. She galloped around the course to a time of 24:22.30, good for 72nd place.

Coming up
Turkey Valley will be back in action at Starmont Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m. Both Decorah and South Winn will compete in different locations Thursday, Sept. 14. The Vikes will be at Cedar Falls at 4:30 p.m., while the Warriors will travel to Central Elkader for a 4:30 p.m. start.

Girls’ varsity team results (Top 15)
1. Dubuque Senior 79; 2. Prior Lake 92; 3. Iowa City City High 102; 4. Dubuque Hempstead 137; 5. Blake School 212; 6. Rochester Century 246; 7. Linn-Mar 255; 8. Bloomington Jefferson 289; 9. Mason City 296; 10. West Salem 340; 11. Decorah 376; 12. Iowa City Regina 386; 13. Champlin Park 423; 14. Pine Island 441; 15. South Winn 466

Boys’ varsity team results (Top 15)
1. Bloomington Jefferson 54; 2. Iowa City Liberty 121; 3. Minneapolis Washburn 130; 4. Iowa City City High 143; 5. Linn-Mar 174; 6. West Salem 204; 7. Onalaska 215; 8. Blake School 218; 9. Champlin Park 240; 10. Waukon 312; 11. LC/RP/H 316; 12. Port Byron 339; 13. Cedar Rapids Prairie 375; 14. Aquinas 400; 15. Decorah 410

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