WC-KP girls score minimum, Roder adds another win at Kingsley

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) At left, WC-KP runners Erika Kuntz and Sarahy Hamman run stride for stride during the race. Kuntz won the race and Hamman finished third as WC-KP had the top six runners to finish with a minimum possible score.

KINGSLEY — Tuesday marked the second of two home meets for the combined WC-KP cross country team. This one was held at Brookside Golf Course in Kingsley under misty conditions.

The host dominated the field at the event in the girls race as they had the top six individuals to finish with a minimum score of 15 on the day. The team accomplished the feat last year at the home course in Moville, only that time the team scored the minimum with five of the top six. A runner without a full team claimed the fifth spot in that meet, but this time it was a clean sweep for the top six spots.

Erika Kuntz led the team with a winning time of 21:05.96. Sarahy Hamman, who held the second spot for much of the race, was edged out by teammate Makayla Archer near the end as Archer crossed the finish line in 21:34.37, just a fraction of a second ahead of Hamman. Sarah and Mary Putze claimed the final counting times for the team scores as they finished within a second of each other. Sarah finished in 21:40.96 to nose out fourth place.

Kalyn Cameron was sixth in a time of 21:54.49 and Lynsey Countryman took 12th as the final varsity runner for the team with a time of 23:12.97.

MMCRU’s Kaitlyn Goth took 10th place individually as she ended in 23:06.51. Gehlen Catholic’s top runner Addison Weber was four places back with a time of 23:16.30. Olivia Schroeder led Remsen St. Mary’s with a 21st place finish in 24:41.01. Hinton did not have a runner compete in the varsity field.

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Gehlen Catholic’s Will Roder leaves plenty of distance between himself and those behind him with his closest competition over his shoulder but several yards behind in the middle of the race. Roder set the course record with a time of 16:55.37.

The boys race saw Gehlen’s Will Roder chalk up another victory. He shattered the course record set by Ben Aberson of South O’Brien in 2015 which was 17:17. Roder finished in a time of 16:55.37 as he was over 30 seconds ahead of the runner-up time. Teammate Jeff Augustine joined him in the top five as he finished fifth with a time of 18:12.82 which was just .17 of a second slower than fourth place finisher Weston Beeson of MVAOCOU.

Hinton’s Dylan DeMoss followed Augustine as he ended in 18:20.11. WC-KP placed two in the top 10 as Eric Hoffman and Tristen Jessen finished back-to-back. Hoffman ended eighth in a time of 19:02.99 while Jessen was just shy of four seconds behind that time.

Carver Ruhland took 13th for the Jays with a finish of 19:17.72. MMCRU’s Robert Russell rounded out the top 20 with a time of 19:40.53. The lone finisher for Remsen St. Mary’s was Brody Schorg who ended 22nd in the final sub-20 minute time of 19:57.99.

Team scores: (Girls) WC-KP 15, South O’Brien 65, Lawton-Bronson 83, MVAOCOU 114, West Monona 122, West Harrison 124.

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Above, WC-KP had the top six runners including these four who run close together during the race.

(Boys) MVAOCOU 72, Siouxland Christian 75, South O’Brien 86, Gehlen Catholic 91, Hinton 109, Lawton-Bronson 126, West Monona 163, WC-KP 173, Westwood 198

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