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10/10/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
Ready to run. Members of the Calamus-Wheatland and Northeast boys cross country teams get set before the gun at Thursday’s Jim Hetrick Invitational. Led by a third-place finish by Eli Kaczinski, the Rebels earned runner-up honors at the meet for a second-straight year, while the Warriors took 12th. Photos by Ross Eberhart
Cal-Wheat sophomore Megan Slattery takes a corner during the Jim Hetrick Invite. Slattery finished 27th overall with a time of 16:51.
Bobcats, Knights repeat at Jim Hetrick Invitational

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

The calendar might have said 2012, but it certainly looked a lot like last year during Thursday afternoon's Jim Hetrick Invitational hosted by Central cross country teams.

In the 2011 running of the meet, the Western Dubuque boys and the Davenport Assumption girls used strong pack running to come up with team titles.

The same thing happened Thursday as the Bobcats and Knights successfully defended their titles against the same group of squads that challenged them last year.

The Assumption girls were especially impressive in the meet as they recorded a perfect score of 15.

With individual champion Elizabeth Mallon leading the way, the Knights (ranked second in class 3A) took every spot in the top-five to cruise to the team title (every scoring Assumption runner finished under 16 minutes).

The final five spots in the top-10 were taken up by members of Northeast and Western Dubuque.

The Rebels ended up putting three runners in the top-10 to move up from third last year to second this year with 49 points.

The Bobcats, meanwhile, moved back to third with 86 points.

Last year's fourth- and fifth-place finishers also switched spots with the hosting Sabers moving into fourth this year with 135 points, while North Scott took fifth with 157 points.

Taking 11th-place in the meet was a third Observer-area team, Calamus-Wheatland, who scored 299 points.

The first finisher not to be clad in white and red was Rebel senior Emily Franks, who paced all area finishers with her sixth-place time of 15:52.

The next two finishers were Bobcats (Rachel Demmer and Dakota Tell), but the Rebels seized second by taking the next three spots.

All three Rebels finished within a second of each other. Freshman Aleenah Marcucci led the trio with a clocking of 16:05 to take ninth with junior Kaitlynn Riley coming in less than a tenth of a second behind her to also finish with a time of 16:05.

Just over a half of a second behind Marcucci was sophomore Hannah Kilburg, who took 11th in the race with a time of 16:06.

Four seconds behind Kilburg was fellow sophomore Josye Kaczinski, who finished off Northeast's team score by taking 13th in the race.

Coming in four spots behind Kaczinski was Central freshman Brittany McNamara, who led the Saber girls with a 17h-place finish in 16:23.

The Sabers produced a second runner in the top-25 as junior Mikayla Coyle finished exactly 25th with her time of 16:43.

Two places after Coyle was Cal-Wheat sophomore Megan Slattery, who was the 27th and final runner to finish under 17 minutes as she clocked in at 16:51.

Senior Shelby Carlson added a 29th-place finish for the Sabers with a time of 17:09, while juniors Sarah Schoel (17:12) and Courtney Arndt (17:15) rounded out the team score with finishes of 31st and 33rd.

Finishing right between the two Sabers was Rebel freshman Alyssa Roth, who also clocked in at 17:15. Sophomore Cara Soenksen had Northeast's seventh finish with a time of 18:36 - good for 59th.

Central also got a 39th-place finish from senior Krista Duffy, who clocked in at 17:28, while junior Miah Betz wrapped things up with a time of 17:34.

The next Warrior to finish after Slattery was fellow sophomore Kailey Potter, who finished three spots ahead of Soenksen in 56th with a clocking of 18:19.

Sierra Rodriguez and Dana Koester added back-to-back finishes in 75th and 76th for the Warriors with the former posting a time of 19:58 and the latter 20:05.

Another Warrior, senior Jenna Scheer, was three spots back of Koester as she clocked in at 20:37 to finish Cal-Wheat's team score. Junior Jalen Snowbarger finished six spots behind Scheer with a time of 22:06.

Balance turned out to be huge in the boys race as Western Dubuque won its second-straight title despite not putting a single runner in the top-10.

The Bobcats, though, made up for it by putting four runners in the top 20, while having their first and fifth runners separated by just 10 points.

The approach helped the Bobcats score 82 points - 12 better than Northeast, who repeated as runner-up.

The Rebels won their own close contest as they took second by just two points over Davenport Assumption (the top-three teams were repeats of last year).

Davenport West (116 points) and North Scott (148) rounded out the top-five in the race, while the host Sabers took eighth in the race with 181 points and Cal-Wheat was 12th with 378 points.

Like the year before, the Rebels were led by Eli Kaczinski as the junior repeated on his third-place finish.

Kaczinski cut off nearly a minute from last year's finish as he posted a time of 16:46. Davenport West's Adrian Ortega won the race with a clocking of 16:36, while Ben Friedericks of Durant (16:39) was second.

The Rebels had two other runners in the top-20 in junior Nick Anderson and senior Connor Soenksen.

Anderson missed out on a top-10 finish by just two spots as he took 12th with a time of 17:54.

Five spots back of him was Soenksen, who finished at 18:00 minutes flat to give 17 more points to the Rebels.

The next area finisher proved to be Central's Connor Dalldorf as the junior paced the Sabers with his 27th-place finish in 18:20.

Dalldorf's teammate Mitch Federspiel added a 33rd-place finish for the Sabers with an accompanying time of 18:31.

Two spots behind Federspiel was Rebel sophomore Hunter Bielenberg who led a pair of teammates to finish.

Bielenberg clocked in at 18:33, while fellow Rebel Nick Kennicker was just behind him in 18:37 to wrap up Northeast's team score.

The Rebels' sixth runner, Jaden Butler, was just two spots behind Kennicker with a time of 18:41, while Brendon Butler topped things off with a clocking of 18:59 - good for 47th.

Between the Butlers were two more Sabers. Senior Remington Meggers clocked in at 18:51 to take 41st at the meet with teammate Drew Dieckmann adding a 44th-place finish in 18:54.

The final Saber team score came from sophomore Lucas Block, who finished exactly 50th with a time of 19:07.

Central's final two finishes came from Adam Pacha and Nick Woodford, who finished back-to-back in 52nd and 53rd, respectively, in clockings of 19:15 and 19:17.

The first Warrior to reach the finish line was David Benischek as the junior took 76th with a time of 20:57.

Two Cal-Wheat seniors - Nick Timmerman and Spencer Kerr - finished in 78th and 79th with a times of 21:06 and 21:11 respectively, while Jonathan Licht (82nd, 21:16) and Joe Lopez (83rd, 21:52) concluded the Warriors' group of finishers.

Three Sabers finished in the top-25 of the girls JV race with freshman Claire Campbell leading the way with her seventh-place time of 17:54.

Ulrikke Adolfsen added a 16th-place finish in 18:10, while Sierra Moore took 21st in 18:32 for Central.

The Sabers also got finishes from Shannon Coyle (28th, 19:03), Sara Hasenmiller (32nd, 19:14), Adrian Templeton (35th, 19:26), Molly McGuire (36th, 19:29), Jennifer Stofer (37th, 19:30), Leighana Franks (40th, 19:38), Katie Burken (52nd, 20:25), Marci Nielsen (55th, 20:39), Rachel Zimmer (57th, 20:42), Katelyn Siegel (59th, 20:45), Emily Burke (61st, 20:55), Elyse Arensdorf (73rd, 22:08), Erica Laures (74th, 22:12), Amanda Grell (75th, 22:13) and Julia Rosenmeyer (76th, 22:14).

The Rebels led the way in the boys JV race with Northeast runners - Christian Knutsen (19:45), Colton Galusha (19:46) and Tyler Schoon (19:47) - finishing back-to-back-to-back in the top-10.

The Rebels had a fourth runner in the top-25 with Steven Flesch taking 19th in 19:56.

Leading the way for the Sabers was Peter Keegan, who was 12th in 19:50. Jordan Porth was just two spots and two seconds behind, while Christian Wright was 16th in a time of 19:53.

Cameron O'Neil chipped in a 21st-place finish in 20:07, while his teammate Colin Duffy was 23rd in a clocking of 20:09.

Mathew Townsley (27th, 20:13), Aaron Anderson (28th, 20:14), Ryan Davison (35th, 20:33), Clay Geise (36th, 20:34), Seth Weirup (40th, 20:44), Elliot Arensdorf (46th, 21:05), Logan Flack (59th, 21:32), Caleb Keegan (60th, 21:32), Michael Cimino (62nd, 21:44), Hunter Ilg (68th, 21:56) and Wade Sandry (88th, 22:57) also posted finishes for the Sabers.

The Rebels, meanwhile, were rounded out by Tanner Near (29th, 20:20), Bo Lingle (41st, 20:45), Blake Dierks (43rd, 20:47), Zach Hamilton (67th, 21:55), Gabe Empen (71st, 22:01), Quentin Schroeder (87th, 22:55) and Tanner Dell (114th, 28:05).

The Warriors got a 110th-place finish from Josh Dierickx in the race. Dierickx clocked in at 26:49.

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