FORT DODGE — Northwood-Kensett sophomore Lindsey Davidson had been building toward good things all season.
She was in the thick of chasing first place in nearly every meet she ran in, and the only thing left to do was have a nice showing in her first trip to the state cross country meet on Saturday. Davidson got that and a little more as she ran to 29th place in Class 1A in 20 minutes, 41.6 seconds.
“That was such a fun experience to be involved in,” Davidson said. “It just makes me want to push even harder and finish in the top 15 and take a medal. It makes me really excited to go and work for one.”
In Class 2A, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura freshman Abby Christians made a splash in her first state meet by taking 26th in 20:33.6.
“I hope this boosts me up more and this is just my beginning,” Christians said. “I hope I’ll go up a few more places next year and then the years after that, and I hope to pursue this in my older life and do it in college.”
Hampton-Dumont’s Patty Teggatz closed out her career with a 36th-place finish in the 2A girls race.
Rockford’s Sheridan LaCoste, who placed second in 1A a year ago, struggled with some tightness and breathing issues, but still pushed through for a 36th-place finish in 21:00.8.
St. Ansgar junior Addy Carlson didn’t come in far behind Lacoste as she took 46th in 21:12.9.
The Newman Catholic girls, who were making their yearly trip down to state, wound up 14th in the team race.
Grace Henrich led the way in 49th (21:14.8), Zoey Thompson was 88th (22:03.5), Josie Fritz took 89th (22:03.9), Chloe Nelson was 106th (22:35.6), and Erin Smith rounded out the scoring in 118th (22:56.0).
Henrich, who had to sit out last year’s state meet with an illness, was just glad to be back in Fort Dodge with her teammates.
“It feels so much better to back,” she said. “Last year it just hurt me so much to not be able to run. This year went by so fast and we’re sad it’s over, but we’ve still got next year.”
Over in the boys races, Clear Lake, which was making its third straight trip to state as a team, had a rough first go of it in its first time in Class 3A, finishing 15th.
Sam Pedelty led Clear Lake with a 40th-place showing (17:00.4), Eric Faught was 50th (17:05.8), Ike Branstad was 72nd (17:25.9), Justin Wright finished 98th (17:48.2) and Karter Anderson was 116th (18:27.7).
For the Lions, it was all about being back in a place they’ve come to be familiar with.
“We’ve had chemistry for all our lives, so to have it three years running is just a good pleasure to have and it’s just a good thing to do as a team,” Pedelty said.
In Class 3A, Algona’s Trey Engen scored a 24th-place finish in 16:48.6. Charles City senior Gavin Connell wrapped up a career which saw him qualify for state all for years with a 36th-place showing Saturday in 16:57.6.
In Class 4A, Mason City junior Michael Rowe made the most of his first state meet as he took 100th in 17:29.1.
“It was amazing,” Rowe said. “Seeing all this great competition, it’s so fun and hopefully next year we’ll be here with the team. That’s all that matters.”