Small but strong for Warriors
Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:27 AM
Freshmen will play a big impact on the South Winn cross country team this fall.
Members of the South Winn boys cross country team are, from left, front row - Josiah Baker, Kevin Davis, Cody Fisher. Back row - Josh Lensing, Derek Dietzenbach, Austin Tieskoetter, Juan Uribe, Eric Franzen, Paxten DeVilbiss, Dawson Huinker, Kaelen Boe. (Photo submitted)
With over 50 percent of the team comprised of first-year harriers, it will be a trial by fire experience for the Warriors this fall.
Helping the team grow will be Co-Head Coaches Kevin Kearney and Scott Conway. Kearney has been with the program 21 years and Conway 13.
The Warriors were full of experience last year with seven out of the 11 team members as seniors.
The seniors helped push the younger members to improve throughout the season, culminating in the Upper Iowa Conference meet. Battling several tough teams, the Warriors, ranked No. 12 in Class 1A, pulled out a one-point win over Class 1A No. 6 Turkey Valley, 49 to 50. It’s the eighth year in a row the Warriors captured the gold medal at the meet.
Competing at Jesup for the state qualifying race, the Warriors finished second in team standings with 94 points to punch a ticket to the state meet. Individually, senior Devin Franzen took fifth while Nathan Meyer, another senior, came in seventh to both secure a spot at in Fort Dodge.
The Warriors made their coaches proud when it came to championship Saturday. The seven scored just 157 points to earn third in Class 1A. Franzen placed sixth individually to get on the deck while Meyer came in ninth in team standings and 16th overall.
Alex Upton was 54th overall, with Brian Kleppe 74th, Danon Hageman 80th, Lucas Brincks 95th and Cody Fisher 98th.
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