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Lidgett takes individual title at Iowa Star

WAVERLY — North Tama sophomore Grace Lidgett took home an individual title at the Iowa Star Conference meet held Thursday afternoon at Wartburg College.

Lidgett won the girls’ event by 16 seconds, finishing with a time of 19:51.65 and running away with the title while her teammate Jules Breakenridge took home sixth place with a time of 21:53.81. The Redhawks were not able to field a full team score, but strong finishes still made the team’s presence known.

Meskwaki’s lone runner in the girls’ event, Shye Johnson, finished in seventh place and ran a time of 22:07.77 to get a top-10 for the Warriors.

In the boys’ event, North Tama again had strong individual finishes. Sam Snyder finished in third place in 17:34.04, less than 30 seconds behind the winner, Isaac Natvig. Scott Lewis came in 23rd place and ran a 20:07.17 to round out the notable North Tama finishers.

Meskwaki ran three entrants in the boys’ event and Zayton Weninger-Brown ran 24th with a time of 20:09.97.

Up next for both teams is the State qualifiers next Thursday. North Tama will head to Central Springs, while Meskwaki goes to Pekin.

Mustang boys second in NICL meet

DENVER — Led by a fourth-place finish from Joseph Terrones, the East Marshall Mustangs boys’ cross country team finished second in the NICL Conference Meet Thursday afternoon at Denver.

Terrones ran a 17:42.56 to pace the Mustangs. He was joined in the top-20 by Hunter Hughlette and Kaleb Grant. Hughlette ran in 13th-place with a time of 18:30.99, while Grant came in 20th and ran a 18:51.41. The Mustangs had a team score of 93, 57 points behind hosts Denver.

Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck finished fifth in the team standings with 120 points, paced by second-place finisher Kenny Day with a time of 17:29.53. Brennen Sager finished in 12th and ran a time of 18:28.03 to come second in the team. Paul Brockett ran 24th with a time of 19:00.12.

BCLUW came ninth in the team standings on 242 points and was paced by Henry Kaisand’s 16th-place finish. Kaisand ran the race in 18:43.35.

The girls’ teams fared worse, with East Marshall placing the best in eighth place on a team score of 192. Mkenzie Robinson finished 11th to lead the Mustangs in a time of 21:11.32, and Ellie Hull ran 21st with a 22:06.45 time.

GC/G-R finished 10th in the team standings and scored just one top-40 finisher — junior Taylor Stahl in 33rd, running a 23:04.32.

BCLUW did not field a full team as Emma Hoover led the Comets with a 56th-place run of 24:36.35.

BCLUW goes to Central Springs next Thursday for State qualifiers, East Marshall goes to AC/GC, and GC/G-R goes to Eagle Grove in Class 2A.

South Tama struggles at WaMaC meet

WILLIAMSBURG — The South Tama Trojans had a difficult day in a high-quality WaMaC conference meet Thursday at Williamsburg, finishing 11th in the girls’ standings and eighth in the boys’ standings.

For the girls, Alyssa Chyma ran lower than her usual finishing spot, running 23rd with a strong time of 21:01.4. Jojo Tyynismaa finished in 37th after a time of 21:55.1, and the Trojans recorded a team score of 281. Winners Solon had a score of 57.

Solon also got 57 in the boys’ meet, outpacing South Tama’s score of 228.

Leading South Tama was once again Tommy Tyynismaa, with the freshman scoring a 17th-place finish and running a 17:23.7. James Brant was the team’s other notable finisher, as the fellow freshman came in 33rd place with a 18:03.9 time.

Next Thursday the Trojans head to Waverly Shell-Rock for their Class 3A State qualifier.

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