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Second-place good enough

By Staff | Oct 27, 2009

SHELDON – Although Spirit Lake was rated fourth and Unity Christian fifth, the Indians knew the Knights would run tough at the Class 2A Regional Meet on Monday.

Unity Christian won with 43 points with Spirit Lake finishing second with 82.

“We knew it was a tough district with 10 really good (individual) girls,” said Spirit Lake coach Tim Heinitz.

Brianna Brunsvold was the only Spirit Lake runner to break into the top 10 as she finished ninth in 16 minutes, 13 seconds.

“Brianna did a great job of closing. She could easily have finished fifth as ninth-that’s how close it was,” said Heinitz.

But the Indians had their top five runners in the top 25.

McKenzie Dziedzic finished 12th in 16:16 with KJ Veldman 15th in 16:35, mary Brown in 21st in 17:16 and Shirley Coenen in 25th in 17:23.

Non-counting scores were Chelsea Parks in 37th in 17:40 and Liz Skogerboe in 45th in 18:23.

“Overall I thought we did a great job,” said Heinitz. “some people didn’t expect us to return to state with the talent we lost last year. But the girls worked hard and earned a spot.”

With the top three teams earning a state berth, Sioux Center was the final team to make the cut with 87 points.

Western Christian finished fourth with 119 with George-Little Rock/Central Lyon with 165, Battle Creek-Ida Grove with 189, east Sac with 190, Sheldon with 211, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto with 212, Sibley-Ocheyedan with 252, Okoboji with 281 and Southern Cal with 302.

The state meet is Saturday at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge.