Indian squads headed back to Fort Dodge
OKOBOJI – The Spirit Lake girls and boys cross country teams lived up to their rankings by sweeping the Class 2A regional/district meet on the Indians’ home course Thursday.
“It’s the first time that both teams have won districts and I think it’s the girls first time to win regionals,” said SLP coach Tim Heinitz.
The SLP girls team will make their fourth consecutive trip to state while the boys team earned its sixth straight trip to the state meet in Fort Dodge.
No. 2 SLP girls team edges Unity
With one runner a little under the weather, the No. 2 SLP girls team received a a little challenge from Unity Christian.
The Indians finished with 51 points followed by Unity with 57. The top three teams qualify for state and Sioux Center finished third with 118 points to make the trip.
The top 10 finishers also qualify for state as individuals.
Spirit Lake Park had four in the top 10 led by Carrie Emgarten’s sixth-place finish in 16 minutes, 8 seconds. Teammate Abby Gustafson was less than a half step behind as she finished with the same time for seventh place.
Mary Brown finished ninth in 16:15 while Megan Skalbeck was 10th in 16:16.
Chelsea Parks rounded out the scoring, placing 19th in 16:47.
Non-counting scores came from Briana Brunsvold, who was 20th in 16:48 and Erin Lynn finished 27th in 17:19.
“Our No. 5 runner was under the weather, so her time was a minute behind and she finished seventh,” said Heinitz. “We’ll try to get her healthy and ready for state.”
No. 1 SLP boys team wins with ease
The top-rated Spirit Lake Park boys team came through also.
The Indians finished with 53 poitns with No. 3 Western Christian finishing second with 77 points. No. 15 Unity Christian finished third to also qualify for state.
“I thought they guys really stepped up-especially Alec (Baldwin) and Keith (Byers),” said Heinitz. Keith finished under 17 minutes for the first time and Alec had probably his second-best time of the year.
“Jesse (Baldwin) also ran well. To make the top 10 in the district meet is always tough.”
The three runners all qualified for state as individuals.
Alec Baldwin placed third in 16 minutes, 32 seconds with Keith Byers placing eighth in 16:56 and Jesse Baldwin in 10th in 17:01.
Rounding out the scoring, Tyler Gustafson placed 13th in 17:19 with Mitch O’Neill in 19th in 17:23.
Non-counting scores were Jon Messer in 27th in 17:43 and Jordan Knox in 45th in 18:28.
“The guys ran a great race which I thought they were capable of doing,” said Heinitz.
Class 2A Regional
Girls Team scoring
Spirit Lake Park 51; Unity Christian 57, Sioux Center 118, Sheldon 137, Pocahontas Area 147, Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 157, North Iowa 165, Western Christian 191, Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto 229, Okoboji 258, Sibley-Ocheyedan 366, Cherokee 381.
Class 2A Regional
Boys Team scoring
Spirit Lake Park 53, Western Christian 77, Unity Christian 103, Sioux Center 125, Okoboji 162, Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto 165, Sheldon 185, North Iowa 197, Woodbury Central 262, Cherokee 267, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 268, George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 286, Pocahontas 307.