by Steve Peterson
On a windy and chilly day at Hawarden Golf Course, West Sioux hosted its annual cross country invitational on Oct. 4.
The Falcons had solid efforts in their two competitive divisions, Middle School girls and Boys varsity.
The meet also featured a team from Akron-Westfield which has not had an entry for several years.
Middle School Girls
West Sioux eighth grader Tyra Klarenbeek claimed runner-up honors with a time of 13:27.31 on the 3K course. Mary Weis of Le Mars won in a time of 12:44.96.
Also for West Sioux, Hailey Pullman was fourth in 13:39.26; seventh graders Emma Avery was 10th with a time of 14:54.52 and Alexis Topete ran a 17:29.39 for 13th place.
Running in the Class B Division, the Akron-Westfield had the runner-up honors as state track qualifier Garrett Wall ran an 18:34.62 over the five miles, second by only 16 seconds to Hunter Hostetler, a junior from Westwood Sloan, who won with an 18:13.79 clocking. Trevor Hansen also ran for the Westerners. He had a time of 24:52.46. A-W also competed at the Kingsley-Pierson meet Oct. 2.
For West Sioux, Jose Montes led the way with a fourth place time of 19:03. Josue Arreola, a sophomore, was 11th in 21:07.44; Augstin Jimenez was 13th in 21:39.14. West Sioux had the 17th through 20th place runners in Cody Chester, a junior, with 22:46.61; Eddie Armenta, a sophomore, 22:54.15; Antonio Pleitez, a sophomore, ran a 123:21.42 and Devin Mandicino, a freshman, clocked a 23:53.19. Tyler Kelly, a senior, had a time of 25:00.07 for 24th place.
“We continued to see some good improvement in our running at today’s meet. The wind did affect the overall times in the meet but our guys still managed to run some of their best times of the season and to pick up three medals. We are looking to keep improving the next couple of weeks as we head into the conference and state qualifying meets,” said West Sioux Coach Duane Sperle.
“Another outstanding effort by the Middle School girls as they picked up three medals and just missed out on a fourth. This was the final meet for these girls,” said Sperle.
Gehlen Catholic won the team title with a score of 36, two better than Westwood Sloan’s 38. West Sioux had a team score of 48.
West Sioux and A-W were at the War Eagle Conference meet Oct. 9. They are in the same cross country district meet in Holstein, hosted by Ridge View, in Class 1A.