HOLSTEIN - The Emmetsburg girls cross country teams has been slowly but surely improving as the season progresses. Saturday, the Lady E-Hawks took a giant step be winning the Tim Thomas Invitationals at Holstein, edging past powerhouse Bishop Garrigan by one point.
"It was an outstanding day for E-Hawk cross country," Noted Head Coach Valerie Pickett. "The guys varsity squad set three new Personal Record's and a medal. The JV ladies all set new Personal Record's with two medals. And, the varsity ladies won by one point, received a team banner, seven individual medals, and set three new personal records."
Emmetsburg's Middle School runners ran their first race of the season as well on Saturday. According to Pickett, the young E-Hawks looked very good for their first outing.
For the Lady E-Hawks, a solid effort led to 59 points for the team title in the 14-team field. There were a total of 107 individuals competing in the event.
Caroline Fantz would lead the effort with an 18.02 time for eighth place. Mikki Mundus would finish in tenth place with a new personal record time of 18.04. Emily Bonnstetter earned 12th place with an 18;20 effort for a new personal best, while Taylor Reimer finished 14th in a time of 18:24. Tara Harris finished with a time of 18;41, good for 20th place and a new personal record, while Rachel Ruddy finished in 19;11 for 28th place and a medal finish and Maura Soukup turned in a 19.12 time for 29th place and a new personal record.
All seven of the varsity runners earned medals for their efforts.
The Lady E-Hawk JV girls saw Madison Reimer run a 21.00 for 36th place and new personal best, while Alison Gould finished in 45th place with a 21.37 for a personal best and Ema Enriquez earned 76th place with a 27.26 time for a new personal record effort. All three JV runners also earned medals.
A total of 118 boys competed in the Varsity Boys event.
Freshman Nick Grandstaff led the E-Hawk boys with a 19;48 effort, good for 45th place and new personal record.
Michael Pugh was 81st with his 21.39 time, which was also a new personal record. Daniel VanOosbree would finish with a 22.2
clocking and new personal best mark and Austin Cole added a time of 22.30 to finish in 91st place to round out the vastity efforts. Grandstaff would also earn a medal for his 45th place finish.
The Emmetsburg Middle school runners saw their first action of the season on Saturday and responded with good efforts.
Courtney Wurzer would turn in a time of 15.08 to finish 26th in the Middle School Girls' two-mile race. In the Middle School Boys' two-mile event, Zach Mason finished 28th with a time of 13.30 and Jordan Cole finished in 39th place with a time of 14.06.
"I'm thrilled with the meet," Coach Pickett reiterated. "Our state qualifying meet has been held here in Holstein the past couple of years and we saw many of the same schools that have been in our district as well on Saturday. Although the District cross country meet assignments won't come out until October, the chances are pretty good that we will head back to this course the third week in October. It will help that the kids know the course now, just in case we are assigned to run in Holstein."
After hosting their own Invitational on Monday, the E-Hawk Harriers will travel to Sioux Rapids on Thursday, Sept. 13, for the Sioux Central Invitational.