Cadet cross country teams excel at Waverly, Luther meets


WAVERLY - Facing an extremely strong field of runners at the Dick Pollitt Go-Hawk Classic at Wartburg College in Waverly on Sept. 5, the Crestwood boys’ and girls’ cross country teams both performed well.
Running Saturday at the Luther All-American Meet against a strong field of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin athletes, the Crestwood varsity girls’ team finished 10th out of 26 teams with a score of 268 points while the Cadet varsity boys’ team finished 18th with 515 points. 
Senior Ellie Friesen notched the highest finish for the Cadets as she finished second in the varsity race in 19:04.5 seconds.
W-SR meet
The Cadet girls’ team nabbed first place with 21 points in the Junior Race while Crestwood took second in the Senior Girls’ Race with 20 points. The Crestwood sophomore girls’ team placed 11th with 111 points. Overall, the Crestwood girls’ team, ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, placed second with 85 points. Decorah took first with 45 points.
Cadet junior Cassidy Ihns, ranked No. 7 in 2A, captured first in 19:51, and teammate No. 13 Hope Dohlman took third in 20:41. No. 4 Ellie Friesen won gold in the Senior Race in a time of 18:53, and Brynn Bodermann was ninth in 22:14.
In the boys’ meet, Crestwood was seventh in the Sophomore Race with 85 points, 10th in the Junior Race at 109 and 11th in the Senior Race with 111 points. Overall, the Crestwood boys’ team finished 12th with 385 points. Decorah won the boys’ team title with 33 points.
Cadet sophomore Bryden Juelsgaard posted the best finish for Crestwood by taking sixth in 18:52. Blake Murphy was 30th in the Junior Race in 19:39, and Carlos Beascochea took 33rd in the Senior Race in 19:34.
Crestwood Coach Jim Obermann was proud of the way all the Cadet runners performed against many stout runners.
“Our junior and senior girls both ran very solid overall,” Obermann said. “Our sophomores and our freshman girl (Ashley Ferrie) also ran well.
“We had excellent performances from Ellie Friesen and Cassidy Ihns, who both placed first in their respective races. All of our junior and senior girls are doing a great job of leading our team. Ellie is one of the most gifted runners (in Iowa). Cassidy Ihns and Hope Dohlman are also successful runners. It was also nice to see Brynn Bodermann, Emily Friesen, Katie Saner, Sarah Mashek and Destiny Hodges all run well,” Obermann said. 
The coach also praised the Cadet boys.
“Bryden Juelsgaard led our boys’ team with a sixth place finish in the sophomore race,” Obermann said. “It was good to see him bounce back well after the meet in Charles City (on Aug. 31). Lucas McGee missed the Charles City meet, but he came back well at Waverly. Garret Ollendieck is showing his ability, and Justin Nibaur is making good progress.
“Our top junior, (No. 29) Nathan Martinek, missed the Waverly meet with an illness, but we had a lot of guys step up and run well. Blake Murphy, Kyle Quam and Boston Ferrie are all making good progress. Ryan Steffen and Carlos Beascochea both gave a good effort. Carlos joined the team late, but he is showing that he is a solid performer.
“All-in-all for this meet, we weren’t concerned so much with our overall placings. We were more concerned with making adjustments from the first meet and setting individual goals for ourselves. This meet included all the Northeast Iowa Conference schools, and it was a good test. Our conference is loaded (with great runners),” the coach said.
Individual Cadet results are below.
Senior girls
1. Ellie Friesen 18:53; 9. Brynn Bodermann 22:14; 10. Emily Friesen 22:16; 23. Sami Bigalk 24:02.
Junior girls
1. Cassidy Ihns 19:51; 3. Hope Dohlman 20:41; 17. Sarah Mashek 22:58; 22. Katie Saner 23:43; 27. Annie Mast 24:08; 41. Destiny Hodges 25:18; 99. Abbie Bergan 30:53.
Sophomore girls
30. Libby Labosky 25:03; 39. Isabella Lehmkuhl 25:54; 42. Madison Brace 25:57; 48. Kelsey Stortz 26:21; 54. Katlin Born 27:13; 74. Krista Riley 29:10
Freshman girl
74. Ashley Ferrie 30:26.
Senior boys
33. Carlos Beascochea 19:34; 34. Ryan Steffen 19:36; 44. Kristian Szajna 21:27.
Junior boys
30. Blake Murphy 19:39; 39. Kyle Quam 20:33; 40. Boston Ferrie 20:35; 57. Jacob Andera 21:59; 61. Cale Jackson 22:27; 62. Cade Wenthold 22:27; 87. Eric Trautsch 24:00; 98. Luis Lares 27:54.
Sophomore boys
 6. Bryden Juelsgaard 18:52; 35. Lucas McGee 20:59; 44. Garret Ollendieck 21:25; 46. Matthew Slifka 21:43; 48. Caleb Shea 22:09; 49. Tristan Wetherington 22:12; 63. David Meinecke 23:09; 67. Mason Thies 23:25; 71. Daniel Lares 23:49.
Freshman boy
35. Justin Nibaur 21:52.
Luther All-American
The Crestwood varsity girls’ team posted a strong 10th place finish with 268 points, and the Cadet varsity boys’ team finished 18th with 515 points. Crestwood’s Ellie Friesen (second, 19:04.5) and Cassidy Ihns (14th, 19:42.5) both earned medals.
In the Junior Varsity meet, the Cadet boys’ team placed 13th with 363 points, and the girls’ squad was 14th with 383 points. 
In the Junior High boys’ meet, the Cadets took fourth with 94 points. The Crestwood Junior High girls’ team finished second with 65 points. In the boys’ race, Caleb Kammerer was 12th, Carter Fousek took 14th and Ethan Mast was 15th. For the girls, Olivia Ollendick took sixth, Kendall Slavin was seventh and Tara Koshatka took ninth.
“Overall, I thought our girls (varsity and JV) gave a great effort,” Obermann said. “We had two medalists (Ellie and Cassidy), which was outstanding. This was a good experience for all our runners to compete against schools we would never see otherwise at a meet.
“Ellie led for most of the race (before finishing second. She is a great leader for us. Cassidy also had a solid race, and she continues to improve. Annie Mast, Sarah Mashek, Rachel Steffen, Emily Friesen and Brynn Bodermann all ran strong. I was pleased with all the girls,” the coach said.
Obermann added the JV boys’ team competed well overall, but the varsity boys’ team struggled a little.
“Our varsity boys’ team was not quite as solid as they could have been,” the coach said. “The varsity boys’ race was not one of their better races, but you’ll have that happen in some meets.
“In the JV boys’ race, I thought Garret Ollendieck and Jon Millage both ran a nice race. Carlos Beascochea and Bryden Juelsgaard both ran well in the varsity race. Overall, the JV boys improved their times,” Obermann said.
Crestwood individual results are as follows.
Varsity girls
2. Ellie Friesen 19:04.5; 14. Cassidy Ihns 19:42.5; 71. Brynn Bodermann 22:02.8; 76. Emily Friesen 22:10.8; 107. Sarah Mashek 22:58.4; 108. Rachel Steffen 22:58.5; 145. Katie Saner 24:05.6.
Varsity boys
64. Nathan Martinek 18:35.0; 92. Bryden Juelsgaard 19:16.8; 104. Carlos Beascochea 19:29.0; 127. Blake Murphy 20:40.0; 130. Boston Ferrie 20:49.6; 135. Kyle Quam 21:02.6; 137. Lucas McGee 21:17.9.

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