Cadet cross country teams earn sweep at Osage

OSAGE - Warm weather, a challenging course and tough competition was not enough to slow down the Crestwood cross country teams as both Cadet varsity squads ran well to capture first place at the Osage Meet on Sept. 17. The Crestwood JV teams also ran well as both teams finished second.
“All-in-all, this was a very good night for all our runners,” Cadet Head Coach Jim Obermann said. “The meet included 16 teams, and we faced some good competition. We were very pleased to get first in the varsity races, and I’m also happy with our JV kids, too. Our work ethic and competitiveness was outstanding. This was a good step forward.”
In the varsity girls’ race, the Cadets had three runners finish in the top 15 to earn medals and grab first in the team standings with 59 points. Olivia Ollendick was third in 22 minutes, 18 seconds; Rachel Steffen took ninth in 23:45 and Kendel Slavin was 10th in 23:54.
“Olivia Ollendick had a very good run,” the coach said. “She believes in herself, and it’s been great to see how she has attacked the course the past few meets. She battled well. I’m really proud of her development (this year).
“All of the varsity girls ran well. I was especially pleased with Kendel Slavin. She has transformed herself into a very competitive runner this year. She is more confident and better conditioned. 
“Rachel Steffen and Libby Labosky both had an excellent meet. Kyleigh Foster also had a good race. Mattie Slavin and Tara Koshatka also competed well. All seven varsity girls ran tough, which I think describes us as a team. It was good to see the girls win the team title because they all worked hard,” Obermann said.
The JV girls’ race saw Crestwood place second with 43 points. Mason City Newman was first with 16 points. Madi Brace posted the highest finish as she took fifth in 26:28.
“We have some senior girls (on the JV team) who really push the varsity,” the coach said. “Madi Brace, Kelsey Stortz and Krista Riley are all seniors who are tough competitors. Another JV girl who continues to improve is Cameron Moellers, and she ran well,” Obermann said.
In the varsity boys’ meet, the Cadets nabbed first with 75 points. Four Crestwood runners earned medals including: Bryden Juelsgaard (fourth, 18:55); Ethan  Govern (seventh, 19:01); Nathaniel Bigalk (11th, 19:24); and Justin Nibaur (14th, 19:36).
“I thought our toughness made the difference for us (in the varsity boys’ race),” Obermann said. “Bryden Juelsgaard and Ethan Govern both ran tough. Nathaniel Bigalk really stepped up and ran his best high school race.”
The coach noted that no one was able to post personal record times, but he was pleased with the effort every Cadet runner gave.
“Ethan Mast didn’t get off to a great start, but he did finish strong to help us win (the team title),” Obermann said. “He just needs to go out stronger. This was only his second varsity race.
“Caleb Shea had a solid race, and Caleb Kammerer competed in his first varsity race this year. They give us some depth,” the coach said.
In the JV boys’ race, Crestwood took second with 34 points, which was three points behind first place Forest City.
“I was really impressed with David Meinecke (second place, 21:57) in the JV race,” Obermann said. “We can’t become a good team without depth, but kids like David, Daniel Lares, Luke Stortz and Jeremy Andera give us that depth. The guys really push each other. David continues to get better, and he narrowly missed winning the race (finishing one second behind first place Ethan Johnson).
“It was also good to see our junior high kids run well during the hottest part of the meet. For us as a team, this was our third meet in eight days, but now we will have time to recover. We also had great fan support,” Obermann said.
Varsity girls teams
1. Crestwood 59 points; 2. Mason City Newman 66; 3. Nashua-Plainfield 75; 4. Saint Ansgar 120; 5. Osage 131; 6. Forest City 168; 7. New Hampton 168; 8. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 234; 9. Riceville 242; 10. North Butler 311.
CW varsity girls
3. Olivia Ollendick 22:18; 9. Rachel Steffen 23:45; 10. Kendel Slavin 23:54; 17. Libby Labosky 24:30; 20. Kyleigh Foster 24:44; 26. Mattie Slavin 25:20; 31. Tara Koshatka 25:45.
Varsity boys teams
1. Crestwood 75; 2. Saint Ansgar 80; 3. Mason City Newman; 4. Central Springs 100; 5. Forest City 140; 6. North Butler 157; 7. Osage 186; 8. Lake Mills 224; 9. New Hampton 239; 10. C-G-D 257.
CW varsity boys
4. Bryden Juelsgaard 18:55; 7. Ethan Govern 19:01; 11. Nathaniel Bigalk 19:24; 14. Justin Nibaur 19:36; 39. Ethan Mast 21:10; 46. Caleb Shea 21:25; 49. Caleb Kammerer 21:46.
CW JV girls
5. Madi Brace 26:28; 7. Krista Riley 28:11; 8. Kelsey Stortz 28:12; 11. Isabella Lehmkuhl 29:31; 12. Cameron Moellers 29:31; 14. Bree Rogne 29:58; 15. Anna Gibbs 30:24; 16. Katlin Born 30:30; 20. Karissa Cotant 31:20; 21. Ashley Ferrie 32:18; 22. Hannah Crouch 33:18; 23. Haley Schutte 33:44; 26. Cassie Sobolik 36:07.
CW JV boys
2. David Meinecke 21:57; 6. Jeremy Andera 22:40; 7. Nate Dietzenbach 23:00; 8. Daniel Lares 23:22; 11. Luke Stortz 23:35; 14. Domanick Henry 24:01; 17. Nick Dietzenbach 24:12; 22. Landon Schemmel 24:31; 24. Clay Schemmel 24:54; 41. Colten Knight 27:42; 47. Lawson Brown 28:44.

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