As their season turns toward the home stretch, Emmetsburg's Cross Country runners are seeing their times improve in every outing.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, Coach Valerie Pickett's squads ran in the Pocahontas Invitational, where the varsity girls finished third and the varsity boys finished sixth. In Junior Varsity action, both of the Emmetsburg squads took top honors.
Additionally, several members of the squad ran new personal best times on Saturday, including Carson Clark, Jas Jamison, Cole Jackson, Lane Smith, Conner Crosgrove, Michael Clasing, Will Jackson, Dillon Van Oosbree, Caige Elbert, Tara Harris, Mikki Mundus, Shelby Loomis, Queen Mukami, Madeleine Mueller, Alison Gould, Alli Enriquez, Kiersten Aldous, Ema Enriquez, and Charlotte Wolden.
The action began on Saturday with Courtney Wurzer running a 14:49 to place fourth in the Middle School girls event, and Zach Mason finishing second with a 12:49 clocking in the Middle School boys race.
The Lady E-Hawk varsity was paced by Ashley Overberg's 16:42 effort, good for eighth place. Tara Harris added a 16:42 to finish right behind in ninth place and Mikki Mundus earned 11th place with a 16:54 clocking.
Taylor Reimer would finish 16th with a 17:19, while Rachel Ruddy was 17th in a time of 17:33. Alexa Naig would turn in an 18:02 time to finish in 22nd place, while Jordan Hoyman rounded out the varsity effort with a 23rd place finish in 18:12.
For the Junior Varsity, Shelby Loomis won the event with a 17:31 time, while Jordan Lange was second in 18:01. Caroline Fantz finished third in 18:37 and Queen Mukami placed sixth with an 18:58.
Madeleine Mueller earned eighth place with a 19:31 time, while Alison Gould finished with a 19:51 clocking, good for 11th place and Alli Enriquez finished 12th in 19:52.
Kiersten Aldous would finish 16th with a 21:07 time, while Ema Enriquez finished with a 23:43 time and Charlotte Wolden turned in a 25:55 clocking.
The E-Hawk varsity boys were paced by Nick Grandstaff's 17:34 time, which was good for third place overall. Carson Clark added a 19:15 time to finish in 29th place, while Daniel Van Oosbree ran a 19:34, good for 33rd place. Jas Jamison finished 35th witha 19;43 and Cole Jackson was 40th in 19:54.
Lane Smith finished 50th in 20:35, while Christian Strohman turned in a time of 22:09 to finish 58th.
For the Junior Varsity, Connor Crosgrove earned fourth place with a 21:23 time, while Michael Clasing finished fifth in 21:34 and Will Jackson added a 21:35 for a seventh place finish.
Dalton Hasuchen turned in a 22:10 clocking for 13th place, while Dillon VanOosbree placed 14th in 22:26 and Caige Elbert finished 16th with his 22:35 clocking.