By Becky Walz,
Make it three Upper Iowa Conference titles in row for the South Winn girls’ cross country team as all seven harriers placed in the top 15 to earn all-conference honors Thursday in Luana. With 32 points the Lady Warriors defended their Class 1A No. 3 ranking and dominated the field over North Fayette Valley who was the runner-up with 50 points.
In the boys’ race, the Warriors garnered 77 points, finished fifth in a team race and had one harrier in the top 15. Winning the boys’ title with 57 points was Class 1A No. 10 Clayton Ridge followed by MFL MarMac with 62 points.
The South Winn girls left everything on the course, putting together their first-place finish.
It was Class 1A No. 19 Billie Wagner who led the team to the finish line for gold in 20:24.9. As a freshman, Wagner won the event and for the past two seasons, she was the runner-up behind former Turkey Valley harrier Jalyssa Blazek. Megan Hageman earned her third all-UIC honor by finishing the course in 21:29.3, taking fourth place overall. Hageman did not compete at conference as a junior due to an injury.
Claiming her third all-UIC nod with a sixth place finish was junior Josie Tieskoetter as she toured the course in 21:48.6, she was fifth a year ago. Filling out the top-10 was freshman Maddi Jansen with a time of 21:59.0 with teammate Anna Dietzenbach on her heels in 11th. The senior finished in 22:02.3 to conclude the team score. Ella Willey and Karissa Wenthold also were on the course and earned all-conference honors in 13th and 14th places, respectively. Willey rounded the course in 22:15.9, while Wenthold stopped the clock at 22:23.6.
The varsity boys put together their best seven competitors to finish with 77 points in fifth place, led by Hunter Wagner. The senior ran the race in 19:01.7, to earn his first all-conference honor as the 13th place harrier. Not far behind was Abe Conway in 18th place who came home in 19:09.3. Omar Flores pushed himself, taking 19th in the team standings in 19:13.1 with teammate Bo Wangsness garnering 20th overall in 19:14.7. Concluding the team score was John Donovan in 19:26.7, good for 22nd place overall.
Completing the Warrior squad were Brad Dahl in 25th place in 19:57.4 and Dawson Wenthold in 30th place with a time of 21:09.5.
Nieman, Balk, Wenthold
Turkey Valley had its three harriers on the course as well with Russell Nieman crossing the finish line sixth in his first Upper Iowa Conference meet with a time of 18:04.8, for All-UIC honors. Bode Balk ran the 5K in 21:30.1, to take 35th overall.
In the girls’ race, Morgan Wenthold narrowly missed an all-conference nod, finishing in 17th overall with a time of 23:13.1.
Girls’ varsity team results
1. South Winn 32; 2. North Fayette Valley 50; 3. Central Elkader 69; 4. MFL MarMac 92; 5. Kee 139; 6. Clayton Ridge 158
Boys’ varsity team results
1. Clayton Ridge 57; 2. MFL MarMac 62; 3. North Fayette Valley 64; 4. Postville 74; 5. South Winn 77
Girls’ JV team results
1. South Winn 24; 2. Central Elkader 46; 3. North Fayette Valley 50
Girls’ JV individual results
1. Izzy Kuboushek 23:25.1; 2. Katie Shimek 23:37.4; 3. Josie Tollefsrud 24:02.7; 4. Aubrey Willey 24:03.7; 14. Grace Zweibohmer 27:17.7; 16. Quinn Kruckman 27:22.7; 18. Cloey Zweibohmer 35:00.7
Boys’ JV team results
1. North Fayette Valley 26; 2. Central Elkader 48; 3. South Winn 73; 4. Clayton Ridge 79
Boys’ JV individual results
7. Chase Adam 21:12.2; 11. Max Moonen 21:34.5; 16. Eli Higgins 22:19.3; 17. Nathan Davis 22:25.7; 24. Landon Merrill 23:37.5; 25. Diego Flores 23:40.5; 29. Henry Willey 25:39.5