Back with authority; Warriors return five from fourth-place team at state
Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:35 AM
The foundation is set for the South Winn girls cross country team.
Members of the 2014 South Winn girls cross country team are, from left, standing in front - Alexa Jacobsen, RaeAnn Klimesh, Kelly Kubushouk. Middle row - Morgan Martin, Jaimie Elsbernd, Felicity Taylor, Josie Kriener, Nicole Kuboushek. Back row - Kenzie Jones, Monica Schwartzhoff, Lee Balik, Jessica Lechtenberg. (Photo submitted)
With four returning seniors and six letter winners, the Warriors have a strong core of harriers back, aiming for a conference title.
Leading the way are the Co-Coaches Kevin Kearney and Scott Conway. Kearney has been with the team for 21 years while Conway has been with the squad for 13.
A solid season
The Warriors had a strong group of seniors last year, leading the large squad to a strong season.
Ranked No. 4 in Class 1A, the varsity girls came in second at the Upper Iowa Conference meet, scoring 63 points behind No. 2 Central’s 50. Freshman Josie Kriener came in eighth overall, with senior Kennidee DeVilbiss taking 11th, Jessica Lechtenberg 13th and Monica Schwartzhoff 15th to earn all-conference honors.
It was a strong day at the state qualifying meet, with the girls earning a trip back to Fort Dodge for the first time since 2011. At the state qualifying meet, the Warriors scored 94 points to take second overall. Individually, the Warriors were led by Kriener.
With a trophy on the line, the Warriors had one of its best days on the course, taking fourth in Class 1A. They scored 142 points, with an average time of 16:33.6. Kriener again led the way, taking 11th in team standings and 26th overall in 15:55.6.
Schwartzhoff came in 36th overall, with Lechtenberg 48th. DeVilbiss ended her high school career by taking 50th. RaeAnn Klimesh claimed 84th, with Kelly Kuboushek 85th and Caitlin Holien 89th.
DeVilbiss and Holien were the lone seniors to compete in Fort Dodge.
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