By Becky Walz,
It was a perfect night for the South Winn cross country invite held Tuesday at South Winn Golf and Country Club outside of Calmar.
The Warriors hosted 11 squads in the meet. In addition to a junior high race, there was one girls race and one boys race.
The Class 1A No. 3 Warrior girls came out on top on the team standings while the boys finished sixth. Decorah took runner-up in both divisions, while Turkey Valley had just three harriers on the course between the two races.
First and second
The Class 1A No. 3 South Winn girls blazed the way to first place with 49 points. Decorah was a close second with 53 points.
Nashua-Plainfield’s Kadence Huck broke the tape in 20:06.4.
South Winn’s Billie Wagner rounded the course in 21:13.4, good for sixth place and just ahead of teammate Josie Tieskoetter’s seventh place performance in 21:15.3. Megan Hageman was just outside of the top-10. The senior had a time of 21:36.7, good for 11th. In 12th place was freshman Maddi Jansen completing the race in 21:37.2, followed by Anna Dietzenbach in 13th. Dietzenbach stopped the clock at 21:38.5 and was the final scorer for South Winn.
The Decorah girls were led by freshman Ana Simon. She sprinted down the backstretch to fourth place in 20:54.8. Not far behind was junior Brynn Storhoff. She garnered eighth in 21:22.2. Lily Sandhorst had a good race. She placed 10th in 21:32.2. In 14th place it was Danielle Losen touring the course in 21:38.6. Rounding out the team score was Natalie Stevens. The freshman went around the course in 21:58.7 to take 17th place.
Turkey Valley’s lone runner of the race was Morgan Wenthold. The freshman came in with a time of 23:18.0 to claim 35th place.
In the boys’ race
The Vikings, ranked No. 19 in Class 3A, was also second in the team race with 63 points. Taking the team title with 35 points was Class 2A No. 4 Waukon with 35 points. The home team claimed sixth with 154 points.
Leading Decorah to the finish line in 17:07.1 for bronze was senior Cade Olson. Henry Weis claimed the 10th spot in 17:22.6. Going through the course in 17:37.9, Jake Magner took 15th overall, while Davis Coppola was 17th in 17:42.9. Sneaking into the top 20 and concluding the team score was Landyn Hook with a time of 17:46.0.
Omar Flores was the first Warrior to cross the finish line in 19:01.2, good for 27th place (44th overall). Finishing on Flores’ heels were Bo Wangsness and John Donovan. Wangsness posted a time of 19:06.1 for 28th place (46th overall) while Donovan was 29th (47th overall) in 19:07.9. Brad Dahl rounded the course in 19:35.1 to take 34th (57th overall). Rounding out the team score in 36th (60th overall) was Hunter Wagner. The senior had a time of 19:47.1.
On the course for the Trojans were juniors Russell Nieman and Bode Balk. Nieman toured the course in 17:45.1, good for 18th, while Balk had a personal record time of 20:31.9, good for 75th overall.
Boys’ varsity team results
1. Waukon 35; 2. Decorah 63; 3. Clayton Ridge 92; 4. MFL MarMac 121; 5. Postville; 6. South Winn 154; 7. Nashua-Plainfield 198; 8. Central Elkader 207; 9. Waterloo Christian 220
Girls’ varsity team results
1. South Winn 49; 2. Decorah 53; 3. Central Elkader 91; 4. Waukon 96; 5. MFL MarMac 156; 6. Nashua-Plainfield 159; 7. Saint Ansgar 184; 8. Kee 193; 9. Clayton Ridge 225