MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – It was a beautiful evening for some cross country, but some of the local high school runners would say that it is even better now that they are headed to the state meet in just over a week.
“Absolutely incredible, there’s really nothing like it knowing that all of your training has paid off,” said Hannah Thomas (Mason City HS) after the race.
Hundreds of people gathered in Marshalltown this afternoon to watch runners like Hannah put their training to the test.”
“Going into this race I decided that I wanted to go out fast in the first half of the race and then just try to hang onto my pace as well as I could for the second half,” said Carson Rygh (Lake Mills HS).
For several local runners, their training and strategies paid off.
“I wasn’t really expecting to win it, I was expecting like top-five, and you know, I was just in third and I’m like, ‘you know what, we’re just going to go for it,’” said Addy Carlson (St. Ansgar HS).
For some runners, it meant giving everything they had to cross the finish line.
“I knew that I was definitely in the race – I definitely could make it,” said Thomas. “I have this really gutsy finish. A lot of the times my coaches are telling me to back it off, but, I knew that I had to give it everything that I had left and if I’d have held back at all, I know I wouldn’t have made it.”
And the reaction of those that qualified?
“Finally. Finally, I’ve got it done,” said Michael Rowe (Mason City HS). “I’ve been waiting for this for 365 days now for another moment like this and all those miles in the summer and all of those workouts in the season really paid off and just a feeling of relief.”
The Newman Catholic boys were glad they finally made the cut.
“I’m thrilled about that, we’ve barely missed it three years in a row and finally happy we made it,” said Stephen Ringo (Newman Catholic HS).
Now the teams just have to prepare for one final meet.
“I’m so excited for the next meet,” said Rowe. “I know this course doesn’t produce too many PRs (personal records) but that Fort Dodge course really cranks them out, so I’m looking forward to getting a great time there…hoping to get under 16 minutes and place Top-15.”
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