Wiegand misses state x-country meet by four spots

Miller leads Fort Madison boys with a 25th place 17:57.9

BY PCC SPORTS

SOLON – Fort Madison sophomore Paetyn Wiegand just missed qualifying for the state cross country meet next Friday in Fort Dodge.

The Bloodhound finished 19th in the girls 3A meet in Solon Wednesday afternoon. Fort Madison’s Austin Miller was the top runner on the Fort Madison boy’s squad with a 25th-place finish.

To qualify for state individually you have to finish in the top 15 and to qualify as a team you must finish in the top three at the state qualifier.

The Fort Madison Lady Hounds finished 8th overall with 210. Wiegand’s 20:48.8 was just 8.1 seconds off the last qualifying time and 1:24 off the pace of top finisher Kayla Young of Solon.

Freshman Allison Lamb ran a 22:16.7 good enough for 39th overall and the second best time for the Bloodhounds. Another freshman Hailey Kemper ran a 22:51.5 for 44th place.

Other Bloodhounds to compete at the qualifier were sophomore Jordyn Burch at 24:35.6 and freshmen Alexa Walz – 24:44.9 (56th), Lily Gelsthorpe – 25:37.5 (60th), and senior Raquel Schneider 25:51.2 (61st).

The Fort Madison boys finished ninth out of 12 teams with 236 points. Miller’s 17:57.9 was 2:01 of the pace and 39 seconds of the last qualifying time. Miller who’s been battling injuries this year, qualified for last year’s run at Kennedy Park.

Hayden Wolfe was 29th overall with an 18:00.1 and John Contrell was 48th overall with an 18:54.6. Other finishers for the boys Hound runners were: Jacob Shottenkirk – 20:26.6 (68th); Payton Lambert 20:26.6 (69th); and Ben Thele 21:36.7 (76th).

Holy Trinity Catholic and Central Lee both were competing in state qualifiers today at Iowa City and Williamsburg respectively. Those results will be posted as soon as they are available.

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