Denison-Schleswig freshman Claire Miller and IKM-Manning junior Quentin Dreyer both competed at the state cross country meet on Saturday at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course at Fort Dodge.
Miller competed in the Class 3A girls’ race, while Dreyer was a participant in the Class 1A boys’ race.
Miller started her first-ever race at the state meet in a pack of 40 to 45 runners.
That made it difficult for her to make a pass.
At the two-mile marker, Miller twisted her ankle and was unable to finish the race, according to Denison-Schleswig coach Nick Bradley.
"She was extremely upset. I know how much she wanted to finish the race. I know that if she would have continued to run, she would have made some passes in the last mile," he added.
"Making the state meet this year was a great accomplishment. Miller perservered through several injuries throughout the season."
"Miller was very nervous, but she handled the nerves well. The weather was a lot colder than we expected," Bradley stated.
"This was a great experience for Miller as a freshman. She will have to continue to work hard throughout the year so she can make the state meet again next year."
"I’m extremely proud of her and her dedication to cross country," Bradley said.
Center Point-Urbana senior Adrianna Katcher won the Class 3A girls’ individual title out of 129 athletes in a time of 18:29.4.
Ballard, Huxley runners took the next two spots with freshman Shewaye Johnson second in 18:40.3 and freshman Paityn Noe third in 18:44.4.
Ballard also won the Class 3A state team title with 57 points. Dallas Center-Grimes was second with 80 points.
Dreyer finished 42nd out of 142 runners in the Class 1A boys’ race on Saturday.
He crossed the finish line in 17:32.
Winning the 1A individual title was Nodaway Valley senior Joshua Baudler in 16:11.
Sidney senior Noah Jorgensen was second to Baudler in 16:25.
Madrid claimed the 1A boys’ team championship with 74 points.
Nodaway Valley took second with 107 points, while Calamus-Wheatland placed third with 118 points.
"I was very pleased with Dreyer’s effort. He got out strong and smart today to help him finish well," commented IKM-Manning coach Robert Cast.
"I also feel he did a nice job attacking the middle of the race. He stayed mentally focused during that part."
"Dreyer had another amazing season. He works so hard in the offseason to be the best he can be. It’s obvious that his hard work, dedication and determination has paid off," Cast said.
Final Team Standings
Class 3A Girls
1. Ballard, Huxley 57; 2. Dallas Center-Grimes 80; 3. Dubuque Wahlert 125; 4. Harlan 168; 5. Sioux City Heelan 193; 6. Center Point-Urbana 198; 7. Solon 227; 8. Pella 236; 9. Decorah 240; 10. Grinnell 240; 11. Spencer 245; 12. Norwalk 255; 13. Charles City 269; 14. Glenwood 308; 15. ADM 321
Class 1A Boys
1. Madrid 74; 2. Nodaway Valley 107; 3. Calamus-Wheatland 118; 4. Earlham 109; 5. Maquoketa Valley 209; 6. Denver 211; 7. Council Bluffs St. Albert 215; 8. South Winneshiek 223; 9. West Fork 223; 10. Pekin Packwood 227; 11. Tri-Center 232; 12. Ogden 247; 13. Le Mars Gehlen Catholic 254; 14. Mason City Newman 260; 15. Saint Ansgar 303