The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 25, 2013

Cross Country: Rebels boys win title, girls runners-up

Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald

---- — TIPTON — Coach Mike Mattis couldn’t ask for much more from his Northeast boys cross country team.

Led by individual champion Eli Kaczinski, the Rebels won the team title Thursday at the Class 2A qualifying meet to qualify for the state meet a week from Saturday in Fort Dodge.

“We had a great day,” Mattis said.

The Rebels barely missed putting all five of their scorers in the top 20 as they compiled 65 points to finish 22 points ahead of runner-up Tipton. Mid-Prairie claimed the third qualifying spot for state with 92 points.

“I told our guys to aim for Mid-Prairie because that’s who I though would win,” Mattis said. “Then I said to try not to let Tipton slip in. It turned out to be a battle between the teams I thought it would be, and we ran well. Maybe the smartest thing I did a coach was said that times don’t matter anymore; it’s who you beat.”

Kaczinski finished the 5,000-meter race in 16 minutes, 48.67 seconds. Nick Anderson placed 10th for the Rebels in 17:50.56, followed by teammates Nick Kennicker (16th/18:10.96), Jaden Butler (19th/18:20.15), Christian Knutsen (22nd/18:25.75); Hunter Bielenberg (32nd/18:47.13) and Brendon Butler (50th/19:35.19).

“Christian has really come into his own the last two meets,” Mattis said. “Those top five guys really kicked butt, and Hunter pushed back some guys to help, too.”

Camanche was led by Logan Petersen, who placed 15th in 18:07.55.

The Northeast girls are headed back to state after placing second to Iowa City Regina. Hannah Kilburg led the Rebels with a fifth-place finish in 16:22.07, and like the boys, all of the Rebels scorers finished in the top 25.

“The girls ran well today,” coach Pat Healy said. “I think all had personal bests, except maybe Hannah. I was real happy with how we ran.”

Camanche didn’t have enough runners for a team score, but Nicole Nielsen led the Indians by placing 35th in 18:13.27.

Marti qualifies

SOLON — Senior Kyle Marti of Central DeWitt claimed runner-up honors at the Solon qualifier to earn a trip to the state meet in Class 3A.

Marti’s time of 16:37 was 20 seconds behind Josh Yeager of Center Point-Urbana.

Central DeWitt took 10th in the team standings with 246, one spot ahead of Maquoketa (310).

Clear Creek-Amana beat Center Point-Urbana by one point, 73-74, for the team title. Both of those squads qualified for state, along with third-place finisher Mount Vernon/Lisbon (90).

Davenport Assumption claimed the top three individual spot in the girls race — all within 1 second of each other — to win the girls team title with 21 points. Mount Vernon/Lisbon (66) and Cedar Rapids Xavier (72) got the other two spots.

Central DeWitt placed seventh with 209, while Maquoketa was 11th with 296.

CLASS 2A TIPTON STATE QUALIFIER

BOYS

Team standings

1. Northeast 65; 2. Tipton 87; 3. Wellman Mid-Prairie 92; 4. Iowa City Regina 111; 5. Mediapolis 148; 6. Bloomfield Davis County 159; 7. West Burlington/Notre Dame 167; 8. Columbus 197; 9. North Cedar 231; 10. Louisa-Muscatine 248; 11. Danville 306; 12. West Liberty 307; 13. Central Lee 317.

Individual state qualifiers

1. Eli Kaczinski (NE) 16:48.67; Eric Lenz (Tip) 16:57.02; 3. Dillon Timmerman (Med) 17:24.56; 4. Zach Hougland (Davis) 17:32.11; 5. Baron West (WBurND) 17:34.44; 6. Erik Duethman (ICReg) 17:37.64; 7. Matt Pelzer (Tip) 17:39.56; 8. Jonathan Gavin (WBurND) 17:46.10; 9. Josh Keller (Col) 17:48.16; 10. Nick Anderson (NE) 17:50.56.

NORTHEAST — 1. (1) Kaczinski 16:48.67; 10. (10) Anderson 17:50.56; 16. (15) Nick Kennicker 18:10.96;19. (18) Jaden Butler 18:20.15; 22. (21) Christian Knutsen 18:25.75; 32. (31) Hunter Bielenberg 18:47.13; 50. (49) Brendon Butler 19:35.19.

CAMANCHE — 15. Logan Peterson 18:07.55; 60. Ryan Determan 19:56.95; 70. Zach Hines 20:31.89; 73. Aiden McMinimy 20:42.16.

GIRLS

Team standings

Iowa City Regina 39; 2. Northeast 68; 3. Bloomfield Davis County 75; 4. Wellman Mid-Prairie 88; 5. Mediapolis 124; 6. Louisa-Muscatine 184; 7. Columbus 193; 8. Danville 203; 9. West Liberty 234; 10. North Cedar 267

Individual state qualifiers

1. Adrianna Kammerer (ICReg) 15:56.57; 2. Lauren Ronnfeldt (ICReg) 16:07.04; 3. Grace Larew (ICReg) 16:13.53; 4. Addie McKee (Davis) 16:18.89; 5. Hannah Kilburg (NE) 16:22.07; 6. Reghan McNaul (WLib) 16:23.85. 7. Savannah Banwart (Med) 16:26.16; 8. Abby Tornow (MidP) 16:27.00; 9. Haley Thie (Med) 16:36.03; 10. Ally McClure (Davis) 16:41.57.

NORTHEAST — 5. (5) Kilburg 16:22.07; 11. (11) Maddie Kaczinski 16:49.08; 12. (12) Aleenah Marcucci 16:53.89; 20. (19) Kaitlynn Riley 17:39.71; 23. (21) Alyssa Roth 17:44.50; 33. (31) Cara Soenksen 18:03.88; 68. (60) 20:33.67.

CAMANCHE — 35. Nicole Nielsen 18:13.27; 45. Courtney Martens 18:56.65; 67. Giorgia Peduzzi 20:22.88.