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Shaver leads Hawk girls to third place at North Polk Invite

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 10:24 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 10:31 a.m. CDT
(Jocelyn Sheets/Daily News)
At right, Lynnville-Sully senior Mary Kate Shaver rounds a corner in a home meet earlier this season. On Monday, the Hawk cross country teams competed in the North Polk Invitational in Allenman.

ALLEMAN — Mary Kate Shaver broke up a perfect finish for Class 3A fourth-ranked North Polk girls at their home cross country meet Monday. Shaver, a senior runner for Lynnville-Sully, captured the fourth-place medal at the North Polk Invitational.

Shaver ran the 5K race in 21 minutes, 33 seconds to record her sixth straight top-6 finish this season. A perfect team finish would be 1-2-3-4-5 for individuals. North Polk almost pulled it off going 1-2-3-5 then placed three more runners in the top 10.

North Polk’s girls won the meet with 18 points led by 3A 16th-ranked Amelia Lesher’s individual championship in 20:03. Madrid was a distant second with 60 points and Lynnville-Sully was third with 75 points.

In the boys’ division, Class 1A No. 10 Woodward Academy won with 56 points. Lynnville-Sully’s Hawk boys were 10th with 290 points. Madrid’s Sean McDermott, who is ranked fifth in 1A, was the individual boys’ champion in 16:53.

Lynnville-Sully Abby Gruver and Meagan Van Zante were in a pack of seven runners to finished in a 10-second span. Gruver was 19th in 24:06 and Van Zante took 21st in 24:08. Christine Nikkel placed 29th in 24:48 and Emily Van Gorp was 34th in 25:06.

Others running for the Hawk girls were Abigail Davis in 42nd at 25:56, Haley Breeden in 46th in 26:03, Brittney Hanson in 50th in 26:37, Hailey Scandridge in 61st in 27:52 and Hadley Tice in 79th in 31:02.

Mason Jansen and Josh Dunsbergen finished almost side-by-side for the Hawk boys. Jansen finished 67th in 21:27 and Dunsbergen was 68th in 21:08.

Joseph Anderson placed 76th in 21:47 followed by Blaize Kuhlmann in 85th at 22:14 and Luke Kramer in 136th in 27:29.

Lynnville-Sully head coach Darin Arkema said the course was real flat and the running was in warmer temperatures and windy conditions.

“We just seemed to be missing something or not that sharp. Fortunately, we have the rest of this week and the first three days next week for practice and training to work on things and make needed improvements before the conference meet next Thursday at Colfax-Mingo,”Arkema said.

Lynnville-Sully’s teams will be in the South Iowa Cedar League conference meet on Oct. 12 hosted by Colfax-Mingo in Colfax.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at 641-792-3121 ext. 6535 or jsheets@newtondailynews.com

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