FORT DODGE — Lynnville-Sully sophomore Greenlee Smock and Baxter junior Elie Tuhn were in opposite situations during the Class 1A girls’ 5K race at the Iowa High School State Cross Country Championships on Oct. 31.
Tuhn got out fast, stayed around the top 10 for most of the race and then held on for the final all-state medal.
Smock got out slow, was in 44th after mile one and rallied for a second straight medal at Lakeside Golf Course inside Kennedy Park.
“I didn’t have a plan. I just wanted go out and run my race,” Smock said. “I wasn’t sure how it would go coming in because there is a lot of good competition here.”
No. 13 Smock went from 44th in the first mile to the back end of the top 20 after two miles. She picked off a few more runners in the final sprint to the finish line and collected an 11th place finish. She finished the race in 20 minutes, 14.2 seconds.
Baxter’s Tuhn was on the other end of Smock’s rally. She maintained her spot on the medalist deck the entire race but fell down a few spots in the final mile.
No. 12 Tuhn held on for a 15th-place finish to earn her first state medal. Tuhn’s time was 20:17.2.
“The goal was to medal so it feels good. It was a good experience to be able to run here,” Tuhn said.
Tuhn’s teammate, senior Kailee Conradi, also ran in the girls’ race and finished 66th. Smock’s teammate, Lynnville-Sully sophomore James Gruver, was in the boys’ race and finished 61st.
Smock was 10th last year and is now a two-time all-state medalist.
Tuhn ran the state race like she ran the state qualifier last week. Her plan was to get out fast and keep the pace as long as possible.
“I was getting worried when they started passing me,” Tuhn said. “I just ran out of gas. I didn’t have much left.”
Class 1A No. 1 Haley Meyer of Kee won the 1A girls’ title in 19:11.3. Second-ranked Billie Wagner of South Winneshiek was the runner-up in 19:19.8.
Top-ranked Hudson (128) won the team title, while fourth-ranked South Winneshiek (130) and third-ranked Iowa City Regina (161) also earned team trophies in second and third, respectively.
Conradi was running in her first state meet. And after a career that included a long list of injuries, the senior was just happy to finish her prep career on the state’s biggest stage.
Conradi’s 66th-place finish was clocked at 22:01.3. It was one of the best times of her career.
“It was awesome. I’m so happy to be here,” Conradi said.
“My plan was to get out fast and stick with some of the girls I ran with at districts. I was going for a PR. That didn’t happen, but I’m still happy with how I ran today.”
Gruver was in a situation similar to Conradi in that he was just hoping to run a good race on the state course.
Gruver finished his 5K in a career-best time of 18:12.2.
Third-ranked Brady Griebel of Bellevue won the 1A boys’ title in 15:52.2. Second-ranked Clay Pehl of Madrid was the runner-up in 16:21.4.
Top-ranked Madrid won the team title with 58 points. Second-ranked Earlham was the runner-up with 70 and third-ranked South Winneshiek (140) finished third.