Cyclone girls eye top-five finish at state meet

 FORT DODGE (Oct. 27) -- The Harlan Community girls cross country team has already accomplished two major goals for 2018 by winning a Hawkeye Ten Conference championship as well as last week’s Class 3A State Qualifying Meet title at Glenwood.
 But there’s still some unfinished business left as the Cyclones prepare for this Saturday’s state meet at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course north of Fort Dodge.
 Making their first state meet appearance as a team since 2015, the Cyclone girls will compete at high noon. Sophomore Trey Gross, an individual qualifier, will represent the Cyclone boys at 12:30.
 “We’re definitely not done yet,” said Greichaly Kaster, a four-time state qualifier and the only HCHS senior who will be competing on Saturday. “We’re going to go up to Fort Dodge and hopefully do some damage. We know what we want, so we’re going to get after it.”
 What the Cyclones want is at least a top-five finish to secure another team photo on Coach Doug Renkly’s art room wall. They reserved their first spot on the wall by winning the conference meet October 11.
 “First would be amazing,” Kaster said. “Our main goal is top five. We want our big picture on Renkly’s wall of glory."
 Gross was ranked 27th among Class 3A boys as of last week. This year’s Hawkeye Ten champ admittedly did not have his best race at the state qualifier (sixth place) and is simply looking to bounce back strong in his state debut.
 “Just place well, hopefully ‘PR’... stay healthy and push myself as hard as I can,” he said of his goals.

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