For the last couple of days, eight student athletes have been hitting the pavement. For Nick Grandstaff and seven young ladies, the focus of their training this week has been for one final race -
The 2013 State Cross Country Championships.
The eight runners will represent Emmetsburg this Saturday, Nov. 2, at the state meet, which will be run at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.
The Lady E-Hawk cross country squad qualified as a team for the state meet by virtue of its second-place finish at the Class 1A Regional meet last Thursday in Hawarden, And, as an added bonus, three members of the squad also qualified as individuals by placing in the top 10 finishers at the Regional meet - Ashley Overberg, Tara Harris and Mikki Mundus.
Also running as members of the Lady E-Hawk squad will be Taylor Reimer, Jordan Hoyman, Rachel Ruddy and Alexa Naig.
Nick Grandstaff was the lone male runner from the E-Hawk Cross Country squad to qualify out of the Hawarden District meet on Thursday, as he finished fifth overall to earn his first-ever trip to the state championships.
For the Lady E-Hawks, this year's trip to Fort Dodge is doubly rewarding after the squad missed out on qualifying in 2012 by a scant two-points at the Regional meet in Holstein.
This year, Emmetsburg left little doubt they would make the trip, as all seven runners finished in the top 20 at the Regional meet on their way to the second place team finish.
To recap, Grandstaff would finish fifth out of the field of 109 boys competing at the District meet, turning in a time of 18:09.98 to qualify as one of the top 10 finishers.
On the girls' side, Ashley Overberg would also finish fifth out of the field of 85 girls, turning in a time of 16:39.22. Tara Harris would earn the seventh place finish with her time of 16:59.26 and Mikki Mundus earned eighth place with her 17:06.03 clocking.
Senior captain Taylor Reimer would finish 13th overall with a time of 17:39.78, while Jordan Hoyman would finish in 15th place with a 17:47.56 effort. Senior Rachel Ruddy earned a 17th place finish with an 18:01.53 clocking and Alexa Naig rounded out the effort with an 18:03.31 effort for 18th place.
Action at the State Cross Country Championships will get underway at 11 a.m. Saturday with the running of the Girls Class 4A race. The boys Class 4A race will be run at 11:30 a.m. and at 12 noon, the Girls 3A race will take place. Awards for Class 4A will take place at 12:20, just before the start of the 3A boys final at 12:30 p.m.
At 1 p.m., the Class 2A Girls race will take place and will be followed with the Class 3A awards at 1:20 p.m. Boys 2A final will run at 1:30 and at 2 p.m. the 1A Girls will compete. Class 2A awards will be presented at 2:20 and at 2:30, the Boys 1A Finals will be run, with the Class 1A awards to be presented at 3:00 p.m.