Race stopped; girls take third
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:14 AM
Rain interrupted the Rich Engel Classic, held in Cedar Falls Thursday night.
Gara Lonning led the Vikings by taking 10th overall Thursday. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Only the varsity girls were able to get the race in before the raindrops fell. The boys had just started running when lightning forced the teams back on the bus.
The varsity girls race was a meeting of some of the best teams across the board. In total, there were three ranked Class 4A schools and two from Class 3A.
"The kids ran competitively against great competition," said Coach Cristy Nimrod. "Our order continues to be dynamic."
Taking first place overall was Muscatine freshman Brina Kraft, who finished in 15:15.
Decorah was led by junior Gara Lonning. Lonning finished 10th overall in 16:23. Ranked No. 24 in Class 3A, Linnea Kephart took 18th overall in 16:35. Just 10 seconds behind her, Kelly Minear clocked in at 16:45, good for 22nd. In 23rd was Amanda Taylor, with a time of 16:47. Just sneaking into the top-five, No. 19 Stef Bjerke toured the course in 16:53, taking 28th.
Lydia Hayes ran the 4K in 16:58 taking 32nd. Maria McDonough finished in 41st in 17:15.
Overall, Decorah had an average time of 16:41, with a spread of just 31 seconds, the smallest spread of all schools.
The Viking harriers are at Waukon today, Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 4:30 p.m.