Le Mars boys reign as champions of Gary Meyer Invitational

Friday, September 11, 2020
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Above, Jason and Jackson Sudtelgte flank Le Mars teammate Blake Dirksen near the front of the pack at Thursdayís Gary Meyer Invitational held at West Floyd Park. The three finished in the top eight to help the Bulldogs to a team title.

LE MARS ó After being postponed a few days and moving to a new location, the Gary Meyer Invitational was held at West Floyd Park on Thursday where the hometown boys team came away with the win. The last win for the Bulldog boys at the meet came two years ago when it was held at Prairie Rose Golf Course in Brunsville. Le Mars scored 32 points, well in front of the second place team from MOC-Floyd Valley who scored 63 points.

The Bulldogs took the first four even places at the meet, alternating with their opponents on the course. Sam May of MOC-Floyd Valley was individual champion with a top time of 17:26.11. Not too far behind was Jason Sudtelgte who took the runner-up spot with a time of 17:34.16.

Blake Dirksen was fourth with a time of 17:42.83, about five seconds back of the runner in front of him, Carlos Rodriguez of Sergeant Bluff-Luton.

Kaden Wingert was next for the Bulldogs with the sixth fastest time. He crossed the finish line in 17:53.94, just under a second before Spencerís Case Cauthron. Jackson Sudtelgte was about a second and a half behind Cauthron and took eighth place as he edged out Storm Lakeís Tyler Moon by a fraction of a second.

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Above, Kaden Wingert runs a few steps in front of Luke Feuerhelm. Those two made up part of the top five for team scoring purposes in the meet.

Luke Feuerhelm rounded out the top five counting towards the team score for Le Mars with a solid 12th place finish in 18:10.07. Juan Sanchez was just two spots and three seconds back of that time. The varsity lineup was finished off by Michael Meis who finished in the top half of the 42 runner field with a 20th place time of 18:40.99.

The Le Mars girls finished fifth out of six teams with just one runner in the top half of the 39 runner field. Lilly McNaughton led the way for the Lady Bulldogs with a 19th place finish in 22:39.46. She was just 0.07 behind the 18th place time from Dani Rodriguez of Sergeant Bluff-Luton.

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Above, Lilly McNaughton runs in front of a pack of runners in Thursdayís race. McNaughton had the top time for Le Mars as she finished 19th with a time of 22:39.46.

Kylee Britt was next on the team with a 22nd place finish as she finished a fraction of a second under the 23-minute mark.

Rebecca Hulinsky and Caroline Meis finished back-to-back for the 25th and 26th spots. Hulinsky ended in 23:21.46 and Meis was four seconds off that pace. The teamís final varsity runner was Abigail Tilberg who ended 34th in 24:33.72.

Emily Haverdink of MOC-Floyd Valley won the race in a time of 19:48 which was over 40 seconds faster than the next-best time from Spencerís Brenna Fisher. Spencer edged Sergeant Bluff-Luton by two points in the team standings for the best score.

Le Mars is scheduled to run next at Storm Lake on Tuesday.

Team scores: (Boys) Le Mars 32, MOC-Floyd Valley 63, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 71, Unity Christian 116, Storm Lake 124, Spencer 133. (Girls) Spencer 39, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 41, MOC-Floyd Valley 68, Unity Christian 76, Le Mars 126, Storm Lake 161.

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