The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 25, 2013

Cross Country: A return trip for Kokjohn

Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald

---- — JESUP — Jackie Kokjohn has gotten familiar with the state cross country course in Fort Dodge the past three years. She’ll try to make her fourth trip there her best a week from Saturday.

Kokjohn, a senior at Prince of Peace, earned a berth in the Class 1A girls meet with a fifth-place finish in Thursday’s state-qualifying meet. She ran the 4,000-meter course at Jesup Golf Course in 15 minutes, 40 seconds. The top 10 finishers qualified individually, and that group also included Calamus-Wheatland’s Megan Slattery (10th in 15:53).

“She ran well,” first-year Irish coach Owen Howard said of Kokjohn. “She pretty much ran her usual race. She went out at a decent pace and the first mile was ninth. The next mile she usually picks it up, and she got ahead of a pack and settled into the fifth spot.

“We knew going in that the girl from North Linn would be up there, and if she could stick with her to go out and run her race.”

Abi Watson of North Tama was the individual champion in 15:17, and runner-up Nicole Miller of North Linn was second in 15:30. Elkader Central won the team title with 70 points and advanced, as did South Winneshiek (94) and North Linn (108).

Meghan McLaughlin led Easton Valley with an 18th-place finish in 16:41, while Molly Sieverding was Marquette’s top runner, taking 40th in 17:26.

The Prince of Peace boys finished eighth in their race with 264 points. Bellevue captured the third spot to advance to state, while Marquette Catholic took seventh. Denver was the team champion, with South Winneshiek second.

Bellevue’s Andrew Meyer (16:19) placed second individually behind Denver’s Kyle Kehoe (16:10). Marquette’s Lucas Schmidt earned a trip to the state meet with an eighth-place finish in 17:18.

Devin Bly led Prince of Peace with a 32nd-place finish in 18:26.

“They ran pretty much how we were expecting,” Howard said. “We were hoping there might be a chance to go to state, but there were five ranked teams.”

Cole Moeller led Calamus-Wheatland with a 42nd-place finish (18:50), while Andrew Kilburg was the first Easton Valley runner to cross the finish line, placing 88th in 20:47.

CLASS 1A JESUP QUALIFIER

GIRLS

Team standings

1. Elkader Central 70; 2. South Winneshiek 94; 3. North Linn 108; 4. Starmont 120; 5. Denver 150; 6. Calamus-Wheatland 208; 7. North Tama 232; 8. Clayton Ridge 248; 9. Easton Valley 282; 10. Marquette Catholic 305; 11. Wapsie Valley 332; 12. Edgewood-Colesburg 346; 13. English Valleys 363; 14. Jesup 373; 15. Belle Plaine 381; 16. Dunkerton 398; 17. Turkey Valley 417; 18. Maquoketa Valley 424; 19. East Buchanan 440; 20. Victor HLV 452.

Individual state qualifiers

1. Abi Watson (NTama) 15:17; 2. Nicole Miller (NLinn) 15:30; 3. Haley Schroeder (ElkC) 15:31; 4. Jasmine Staebler (Clay) 15:36; 5. Jackie Kokjohn (Prince of Peace) 15:40; 6. Ashley Funk (ElkC) 15:47; 7. Kari Fitzpatrick (Ed-Co) 15:48; 8. Allison Hewett (EngV) 15:51; 9. Sarah McMurty (Star) 15:52; 10. Megan Slattery (Cal-Wheat) 15:53.

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS

Team standings

1. Denver 50; 2. South Winneshiek 94; 3. Bellevue 99; 4. Turkey Valley 107; 5. Elkader Central 125; 6. Belle Plaine 171; 7. Marquette Catholic 172; 8. Prince of Peace 264; 9. Jesup 279; 10. Dunkerton 292; 11. Clayton Ridge 321; 12. Gilbertville Don Bosco 345; 13. Wapsie Valley 387; 14. Victor HLV 414; 15. Calamus-Wheatland 424; 16. Alburnett 472; 17. Lansing Kee 483; 18. Starmont 492; 19. East Buchanan 535; 20. Easton Valley 537.

Individual state qualifiers

1. Kyle Kehoe (Den) 16:10; 2. Andrew Meyer (Bell) 16:19; 3. Ryan Izer (TurkV) 16:54; 4. Collin McFadden (DonB) 16:56; 5. Devin Franzen (SWInn) 17:05; 6. Tanner Johnson (Den) 17:06; 7. Nathan Meyer (SWinn) 17:09; 8. Lucas Schmidt (Marq) 17:18; 9. Orie Brown (BP) 17:20; 10. Nick Sabelka (Den) 17:23.

PRINCE OF PEACE — 32. (30) Devin Bly 18:25; 51. (49) Dermot Bly 18:59; 58. (56) Jacob Jankowski 19:19; 62. (60) Seth Moeller 19:23; 71. (69) Caleb Kitteringham 19:48.