The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 4, 2013

High school cross country: Off and running

By Jon Gremmels Herald Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — There was no easing into the cross country season.

Last week’s hot weather forced Clinton to cancel a scheduled quadrangular meet for area teams at Emma Young Park. That made Tuesday’s Schoolhouse Open the debut, bringing more than 300 runners to the course at the Ericksen Center.

For at least four local runners, though, it was quite a satisfying beginning.

Northeast’s Eli Kaczinski and Clinton’s Noah Buikema earned runner-up finishes in the two boys divisions, while Clinton’s Kim Kaster took seventh and Prince of Peace’s Jackie Kokjohn placed 11th in the varsity girls field headed by a talented squad from Davenport Assumption that claimed the top five spots.

“I was hoping for a little faster, around 16:30,” said Kaczinski, who ran the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 50.55 seconds, “but I’ve been fighting a cold, so I’m happy with the results.

“It’s good for this time of year. It’s about 15 seconds faster than last year at this time, but this is not the time for PRs.”

Hunter Bielenberg (19th in 19:05.90) also finished in the top 20 for the Rebels, while Jacob Jankowski of Prince of Peace (27th, 19:46.70) and Logan Peterson of Camanche (30th, 19:48.81) were in the top 30.

Hunter Genco paced Clinton with a 34th-place finish, but the headlines for the River Kings came in the boys freshman-sophomore race.

Buikema took second in that 4,000-meter event, and teammates Michael Peters (third, 14:44.72), Jace Houzenga (fifth, 15:22.84) and Jonathan Facio (sixth, 15:32.50) weren’t far behind. No team scores were kept.

“That makes you feel great,” Buikema said of the team finish. “I feel excited. You never know what can happen in the future. It shocked us all, I think.”

Buikema surprised himself with his finish.

“I did better than I thought I would,” he admitted. “I wanted to run 15:00, 6, 6 and 3 even splits.”

The top 10 of the freshman/sophomore race was loaded with area runners. Andrew Kilburg, a freshman at Easton Valley, placed eighth (15:57.37), while Northeast’s Colton Galusha (15:59.78) and Connor McDonald (16:10.65) took ninth and 10th.

The Assumption girls showed why they are ranked third in the preseason Class 3A state rankings, as they captured the top five spots, and 10th place, in the girls varsity race.

Kaster broke into a group of three girls from Dubuque Senior, ranked 15th in Class 4A. She took seventh in 16:35.46.

“I just wanted to run faster than last year,” said Kaster, who accomplished that by about a minute and a half. “I think it sets me up quite nicely. I’m excited now.”

Kokjohn exceeded her goal, too, taking 11th in 16:48.21.

“I was trying to get under 17 minutes; that was my goal,” she said. “I thought it was a good time. I got a good start, and I kept up with them good.”

SCHOOLHOUSE OPEN

No team scores were kept. Because several runners were not identified, only area runners’ finishes are listed.

BOYS VARSITY

NORTHEAST — 2. Eli Kaczinski 16:50.55; 19. Hunter Bielenberg 19:05.90; 31. Christian Knutsen 10:54.45; 32. Brendon Butler 19:54.93; 53. Sam Smith 20:48.95; 69. Blake Dierks 21:46.50; 78. Tyler Schoon 22:21.67; 81. Steven Flesch 22:28.20.

PRINCE OF PEACE — 27. Jacob Jankowski 19:46.70; 33. Dermot Bly 19:55.23; 43. Devin Bly 20:27.33; 45. Caleb Kitteringham 20:29.24; 46. Seth Moeller 20:31.78.

CAMANCHE — 30. Logan Peterson 19:48.81; 61. Zach Hines 21:30.94; 73. Brady Determan 22:01.53; 90. Justin McMuller 25:05.77; 95. Drake Sachsenmaier 26:29.87.

CLINTON — 34. Hunter Genco 19:58.93; 44. Todd Broadrick 20:27.56; 51. Andre Dunlap 20:38.85; 62. Bryce Mooney 21:31.26; 67. Daniel Shaw 21:44.29; 77. Carson Peck 22:18.15; 84. Jeremy Regenwether 23:17.34; 86. Taylor Murray 23:45.22.

CENTRAL DEWITT — 35. Keegan 20:00.10; 36. Block 20:00.45; 38. Wright 20:09.15; 59. Geise 21:19.87; Townsley 21:32.36; 83. Weirup 22:34.55; Riedesel 26:12.63.

GIRLS VARSITY

CLINTON — 7. Kim Kaster 16:35.46; 56. Emily Bradley 19:04.27; 59. Griffin Rasche 19:15.41;

PRINCE OF PEACE — 11. Jackie Kokjohn 16:48.21.

NORTHEAST — 16. Hannah Kilburg 17:09.31; 26. Aleenah Marcucci 17:50.02; 39. Alyssa Roth 18:26.59; 41. Maddie Kaczinski 18:28.36; 43. Haleigh Hughes 18:35.06; 45. Cara Soenksen 19:42.38.

CENTRAL DEWITT — 19. Coyle 17:22.82; 27. Schoel 17:53.06; 30. Betz 18:08.64; 46. Arndt 18:43.07; 48. Necker 18:44.09; 69. McGuire 20:10.81; 72. Stofer 20:31.30; 77. Henningsen 20:48.09; 93. Burmeister 22:16.33; 94. Siegel 22:21.10; 97. Kinney 22:36.78; 99. Willis 22:40.48; 110. Burke 24:04.21; 114. Grell 26:13.82; 117. Johnson 26:47.22.

EASTON VALLEY — 44. Megan McLaughlin 18:36.82; 53. Rose Strait 18:56.51; 74. Abby Smithson 20:34.30; 86. Marta Grant 21:41.54; 89. Melissa Strait 21:49.08; 92. Andrea Junge 22:09.74; 98. Brooke Wagner 22:37.29; 111. Amanda Schmidt 24:22.36; 115. Wylie Bormann 26:13.82.

CAMANCHE — 76. Courtney Martens 20:44.56; 95. Giorgia Peduzzi 22:25.48.

BOYS FRESHMAN-SOPHOMORE

CLINTON — 2. Noah Buikema 14:23.35; 3. Michael Peters 14:44.72; 5. Jace Houzenga 15:22.84; 6. Jonathan Facio 15:32.50; 18. Ryan Day 16:37.53; 20. Aaron Stumbaugh 16:51.96; 29. Timothy Lindquist 17:7.20; 48. Tallin Shelley 19:10.32.

EASTON VALLEY — 8. Andrew Kilburg 15:57.37; 31. Drake Reuter 17:30.48; 34. Wyatt Bierman 17:37.48; 53. Jordan Secor 20:00.39.

NORTHEAST — 9. Colton Galusha 15:59.78; 10. Connor McDonald 16:10.65; 14. Jaden Butler 16:24.72; 15. Tanner Near 16:30.83; 43. Matt Horst 18:15.32; 46. Zach Hamilton 18:31.63; 50. Clint Lamar 19:53.63; 51. Nate Lueders 19:55.14.

CENTRAL DEWITT — 36. Hippler 17:45.01; 37. Keegan 17:46.74; 49. Schoel 19:27.35; 54. Green 20:23.00; 59. Hagens 21:51.64.

GIRLS FRESHMAN-SOPHOMORE

CENTRAL DEWITT — 3. McNamara 17:27.95; 6. Roling 18:04.33; 11. O’Neil 18:33.60; 17. Keitel 19:24.46; 20. Coyle 19:54.57; 24. Hasenmiller 20:23.27; 25. Bertolino 20:28.29; 35. Campbell 20:58.95; 40. Goldensoph 21:29.40; 42. Grell 21:45.50.

CLINTON — 36. Amber Buer 21:03.53; 49. Lillian Gabel 23:27.00; 52. Samantha Wohlstadter 24:58.60.

NORTHEAST — 46. Hailey Bielenberg 22:42.55.