On a night when three runners set personal records, the Edgewood-Colesburg boys cross country team placed 11th at the Oelwein Invitational Sept. 3 at Hickory Grove Golf Course.
Zander Carter, Sam Schilling and Lucas Rezende all set personal records, with Carter finishing 37th in 18:54 to lead the Vikings. Kody Hoeger was the next Viking across the finish line, finishing 48th in 19:23. Carson Kirby took 70th (20:45), with Schilling finishing 77th (21:03) and Rezende 84th (21:29).
“They really improved in a week. We need to get our fifth runner a little closer to our first runner, but we are headed in the right direction. Nathan (Carter) also had a nice run in the JV race and adds to the depth of our team. We have work to do, but this was definitely a step in the right direction,” coach Mike Lutgen said.
Decorah claimed the boys team title with 44 points, edging out runner-up Waverly-Shell Rock (47). Next came Center Point-Urbana (75), North Fayette Valley (122), Denver (128), Jesup (145), West Delaware (192), Union (221), Sumner-Fredricksburg (235), Oelwein (279), Ed-Co (290), Bosco Catholic (357), Beckman Catholic 381) and Wapsie Valley (416).
Nathan Carter was the lone Ed-Co JV runner, placing 53rd (21:26).
Alex Schmitz continued her rapid improvement in the junior varsity girls race. Schmitz clocked in at 24:35, placing 20th to lead the Viking girls. Lily Aulwes returned from illness and finished 39th, running 25:31. Schyler Meyer finished 110th (29:03), Chloe Weipert 127th (30:14) and Maddy Streicher (37:37).
Decorah won the JV team race with 32 points, ahead of Central Elkader with 48. Center Point-Urbana and Waukon tied with 139 points, with CPU claiming third on a tie-breaker. In fifth place came Sumner-Fredricksburg (162), followed by Waverly-Shell Rock (164), Jesup (185), West Delaware (210), Union (210), Union (223), Denver (247), Edgewood-Colesburg (271) and North Linn (305)
Head coach Mike Lutgen said his runners ran hard. “It was a great night for the Vikings. I was pleased with how we ran tonight. I felt most of the runners attacked the course. In the JV girls race, Alex (Schmitz) continues to improve and show that she could have a bright future in this sport.”
Lutgen welcomed the return of the girls’ lone senior, Aulwes, back on the course. “She is our senior. It’s great to have her healthy and able to run. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a great season for her.”