Experienced and decorated.
Look around North Iowa and there was no doubt who the best girls cross country runners were. They piled up a few wins along the way and showed out at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.
FORT DODGE – St. Ansgar's Riley Witt was on his back after crossing the finish line. Central Springs' Bryce McDonough was on all fours for at least a handful of minutes.
FORT DODGE – The breathing was getting quicker and as Joey Hovinga crossed the finish line Saturday afternoon, he laid on his back for a couple minutes. He sat up, talked with people that came to watch him and slowly drank a bottle of water.
FORT DODGE – What a difference a year makes.
FORT DODGE – Ryan Rahmiller kept things in perspective Friday afternoon.
FORT DODGE – Janae Hansen is not one to get out super fast. The Mason City freshman gets stronger as the race goes on.
When Connor Hammitt first started running cross country in middle school, he figured he would be, in his words, be an "average runner."
Amanda Rahmiller shared a story about her top runner Lydia Staudt four days after Staudt ran at the Class 3A state qualifying meet at Decorah.
Central Springs boys cross country team had an approach during the regular season that paid off once the postseason got under way.
The Class 2A state cross country field next week will feature a handful of North Iowa area athletes.
Newman Catholic sophomore Kenna Hemann doesn't put in a ton of mileage over the summer. Yet when the second half of the season starts, she flips a switch.
As Maggie McBride crossed the finish line in fifth place on her home course Thursday, she didn't see many of her Newman Catholic teammates behind her.
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Three days ago, Riley Witt couldn't run or stand up.
Mason City's Janae Hansen was one of three girls that qualified individually for the state cross country meet next week while Charles City's boys team claimed its spot at Fort Dodge.
All the mileage, all the hill workouts and all the 5,000-meter races come down to Wednesday and Thursday night.
Justin Rygh has raced consistently at the front of the pack and on Thursday, he garnered his first career first-team all-conference honors at NIACC.
You know who'll be at the front of the race for Forest City. You might not know who follows Joey Hovinga.
Mike Schutt has praised how deep this year's version of Newman Catholic is. It has just two upperclassmen after stalwart No. 1 runner Maggie McBride that make up the two-through-seven spots in the lineup.
St. Ansgar's Riley Witt is unblemished in races this season.
Clear Lake freshman Addison Doughan pushed to the front of the girls race Tuesday afternoon, typical of her season.
The weeks keep going by. The West Hancock football team is still No. 1.
Class 2A No. 10 Osage had the most success among the quadrant of area teams at Mason City's weekend tournament held at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC).
When the West Fork girls toed the starting line at its home invitational, it had the most girls in the field. The result was a dominating win.
Like the blink of an eye, the volleyball postseason is near.