Hurt, Tonner compete at state cross country meet

Sunday, November 1, 2015
(Photo Courtesy of Tucker Photos) LCHS's Andrew Tonner (right) competes at the Iowa High School State Cross Country Championships Saturday, in Fort Dodge. The sophomore finished 82nd out of a field of over 130 runners.

FORT DODGE -- Saturday, Andrew Tonner and Madeline Hurt, of the Le Mars Community High School cross country teams, competed at the 2015 Iowa High School Cross Country Championships at the Lakeside Golf Course, in Fort Dodge.

Hurt, a freshman on the LCHS girls team, medaled by finishing top-15 at the race.

Hurt's final time was 19 minutes and 40 seconds, good enough for 15th overall.

(Photo Courtesy of Tucker Photos) LCHS's Madeline Hurt (454) competes at the Iowa High School State Cross Country Championships Saturday, in Fort Dodge. Hurt finished 15th overall as one of three freshman in the top 15 at the meet.

According to Hurt's head coach, Adam Moss, Hurt ran a personal-record time Saturday. At one point, Hurt used a last half-mile effort to push up to as high as 13th.

"As a coach and as runner, you just can't really ask much more than that. To have one of your best races of the year on the final meet at the state meet-- that was just great," Moss said.

"She showed a lot of heart during that," Moss said about Hurt's race. "We're really proud of her. She's had a great year."

As one of three freshman to finish in the top 15 at the meet, Hurt said it felt 'really good' to be competing at the state championship.

"I just said, 'go get the girl in front' and just tried to keep up with everyone else," Hurt said.

Tonner, a sophomore, placed 82nd in the Class 3A boys race.

Tonner's final time was 17:46.

"It was a moment to remember," Tonner said. "It was very fast paced and had a lot of people."

Al Engebretson, Tonner's head coach, was proud of his runner for making it to the state meet, but noted that Tonner's finish only made the runner more excited for next season.

"He ran a good race, but he had his goals set a little higher. It kind of whet his appetite for next year. We're looking forward to getting back at it and just keep getting better," Engebretson said. "It was good experience. He competed well."

Both Tonner and Hurt accredited their teammates for helping push the two of them to reach that level of competition as both runners had competed in a field featuring over 130 of the Iowa's best runners.

"My teammates always supported me, no matter how bad or well I did," Hurt said. "They were always there and they just supported me whenever."

Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central girls nab top-30 finishes

The K-P/WC girls cross country team qualified three female runners to compete in the Class 2A State Championship Race Saturday, in Fort Dodge.

Led by Suzanne Putze's sixth place finish at 19:21, the three sophomore competitors all finished within the top 30.

Rylee Wright (20:18) and KayLynne Bechen (20:24) finished 26th and 29th, respectively, to close out the cross country season.

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