Northeast sophomore Josye Kaczinksi is quick to admit she doesn’t like to run when it’s hot outside.
But she didn’t have any trouble Tuesday at the Schoolhouse Open, where the temperature reached 84 degrees. She even performed better than she did a week ago on the same course in cooler temperatures.
“I think God gave me shade, and it was awesome,” Kaczinski said. “I think He blessed me.
“I was happy I did a lot better than last week.”
Kaczinski placed sixth in 16:37.04 and was the top area finisher. She dropped 1:13.84 off her time from her performance at the Clinton Quad last Tuesday. That race had only four teams. The Schoolhouse Open had 116 runners from 11 schools.
“This time I tried something different,” Kaczinski said. “I went out a lot slower because of the heat. I tried to pick it up for the last mile. I think it worked better for me in the heat, so I’ll probably try it again.”
Jane Bradley of Dubuque Senior won the race in 16:19.05. Five Senior runners and three from Davenport Assumption finished in the top 10. Kaczinski passed Assumption’s Ann Froeschle in the final 100 yards to grab sixth.
“I didn’t really think I had anything left, but I guess I did,” Kaczinski said. “It was kind of fun going up the hill strong.”
Northeast senior Emily Franks grabbed the other spot in the top 10, finishing in 16:51.94, good for ninth place. Franks completed the race about 32 seconds faster than the week before.
Aleenah Marcucci and Kaitlynn Riley placed 13th and 14th, respectively for the Rebels. Marcucci, a freshman, dropped almost 15 seconds off her time. No official team scores were kept, but Northeast would have placed third with 74. Senior totaled 28 and Assumption — with a lineup that includes Prince of Peace transfer Alyssa Sikkema and Northeast transfer Markel Mommsen — finished with 39.
The top area runner not from Northeast was Camanche’s Nicole Nielsen. She placed 15th in 17:11.91. Mikayla Coyle placed 21st in 17:32.60 to lead Central DeWitt, and Prince of Peace junior Jackie Kokjohn led the Irish with a 24th-place finish in 17:48.98.
Kim Kaster placed 27th in 18:00.39 to lead Clinton. She dropped nearly 17 seconds off her time from a week ago.
“I thought the girls competed,” Clinton coach Tony Smith said. “We only had four girls run the varsity race and two run the fresh-soph. We don’t have many numbers, but they all work really hard.
“I couldn’t be more pleased. They’re running and dropping time.”
Shelby Weets was next for the River Queens, placing 36th in 18:16.74, 37.53 seconds faster than a week ago. Also for Clinton, Kathleen Marston dropped almost two minutes.
Competing teams — Dubuque Senior, Clinton, Northeast, Davenport Central, North Scott, Davenport Assumption, Camanche, Davenport North, Central DeWitt, Prince of Peace, Preston.
1. Jane Bradley (DS) 16:19.05; 2. Elizabeth Mallon (DA) 16:29.73; 3. Molly Gilchrist (DA) 16:30.09; 4. Hannah Timmerman (DS) 16:31.33; 5. Andie Arthofer (DS) 16:35.43; 6. Josye Kaczinski (NE) 16:37.04; 7. Ann Froeschle (DA) 16:40.76; 8. Katie Sommer (DS) 16:44.11; 9. Emily Franks (NE) 16:51.94; 10. Victoria Vail (DS) 16:56.24.
CLINTON — 27. Kim Kaster 18:00.39; 36. Shelby Weets 18:16.74; 64. Kathleen Marston 19:35.83; 85. Emily Bradley 21:31.94.
NORTHEAST — 6. Kaczinski 16:37.04; 9. Franks 16:51.94; 13. Aleenah Marcucci (NE) 17:09.20; 14. Kaitlynn Riley 17:10.64; 32. Alyssa Roth 18:13.79; 48. Hannah Kilburg 18:50.96; 55. Cara Soenksen 19:06.14.
CAMANCHE — 15. Nicole Nielsen 17:11.91; 79. Courtney Martens 20:50.95; 97. Rachel Harksen 22:49.20; 113. Morgan Benthin 26:01.20.
CENTRAL DEWITT — 21. Mikayla Coyle 17:32.60; 37. Shelby Carlson 18:18.39; 38. Sarah Schoel 18:20.56; 41. Miah Betz 18:34.68; 71. Krista Duffy 19:46.16; 73. Adrian Templeton 19:58.46; 75. Molly McGuire 20:13.63.
PRINCE OF PEACE — 24. Jackie Kokjohn 17:48.98; 42. Lauren Pittman 18:37.86; 67. Anna Yackshaw 19:41.80; 72. Andrea Aquilani 19:54.50.
PRESTON — 45. Rose Strait 18:41.51; 49. Meghan McLaughlin 18:52.29; 69. Madeline Geier 19:44.68; 107. Kelsie Strait 23:59.88.