Cyclone girls eighth at state cross country

Kaster improves to 29th in fourth state appearance; Gross represents HCHS boys in 41st

 FORT DODGE (Oct. 27) -- Harlan Community senior Greichaly Kaster read in a newspaper story last week that Coach Doug Renkly believed she could place in the high 20s or low 30s of her fourth and final state meet.
 They were words that Kaster took directly to heart.
 Cutting 30 seconds off last year’s state time at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, Kaster placed 29th out of 137 individuals in her race, leading the Cyclone girls to eighth place out of 15 Class 3A teams at Saturday’s State Cross Country Championships.
 In three previous trips to Fort Dodge, Kaster finished 54th as a freshman, 64th as a sophomore and 68th as a junior.
 “I knew what my job was today and I didn’t want to let my team down,” said Kaster, who clocked a five-kilometer time of 20:07.4 on a beautiful day to run. “I wanted to just go out there and finish my last high school race all out - finish in style.
 “I definitely think I left it all out there. It’s a happy day. It’s bittersweet to finish so well but have it be my last race with my team. There have been some tears, but we’re just going to cherish every moment of this.”
 Also competing at state for HCHS was sophomore Trey Gross, who finished 41st out of 131 Class 3A boys with a time of 17:22. Gross was making his state meet debut.
 “For my first time being here I’m pretty happy with that, but I definitely think in the next couple years I can place (better),” he said. “I didn’t quite know what to expect but I think that next year, if I get here, I just have to be more relaxed.”
 Ranked sixth in Class 3A by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches at the end of the regular season, the Cyclone girls entered state with eight meet titles to their credit, including a Hawkeye Ten Conference championship and a first-place effort at their 3A State Qualifying Meet.
 HCHS had stated that its goal was to finish among the top five teams in 3A, but that wasn’t to be on Saturday. Top-ranked Dubuque Wahlert defended its title with room to spare, outscoring Dallas Center-Grimes 56 to 85. Glenwood, the Cyclones’ chief rival throughout the season, won a tight battle for third with a 171 thanks to Janette Schraft’s 3A individual championship. Ballard placed fourth with a 173, followed by Bishop Heelan (180), Pella (190), Atlantic (210) and HCHS (216).
 In addition to Kaster’s 29th-place showing, junior Abby Alberti placed 59th in 20:46, followed by freshmen Kaia Bieker (75th) and Raegen Wicks (81st), junior Lucy Borkowski (95th) and sophomores Liv Freund (104th) and Brecken Van Baale (126th).

2018 State Cross Country Championships

HCHS Girls Results - 29th: Greichaly Kaster (sr.), 20:07.4; 59th: Abby Alberti (jr.), 20:46.9; 75th: Kaia Bieker (fr.), 21:11.5; 81st: Raegen Wicks (fr.), 21:14.6; 95th: Lucy Borkowski (jr.), 21:23.0; 104th: Liv Freund (so.), 21:33.6; 126th: Brecken Van Baale (so.), 22:14.5. (137 total runners)

HCHS Boys Results - 41st: Trey Gross (so.), 17:22.0. (131 total runners)

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