It was the 12th time in history that the ADM girls cross country team captured a state meet berth. It was a season years in the making and one that involves a lot of fulfilled potential.
“These girls are really understanding what they are capable of and meeting some of their potential,” said head coach David Zwank following state qualifying. “They are going farther than they’ve ever thought.”
In the end, the Tiger girls placed 15th overall but had a good time in making the big dance and becoming one of the 15 best teams in Class 3A across the entire state of Iowa. Within the confines of the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge, the Tigers earned a team time of 1:46:38.2. Leading the pack for the Tigers was freshman phenom Geneva Timmerman who completed her initial high school season with a 20th place finish. Her time of 19:36.2 was one of her season-best marks and highlighted a very happy person following the race.
“It’s been so amazing to make it here to state and I’m so proud of my team,” said Geneva following the race. “As a freshman, this has been an amazing experience and one no one on this team will forget.”
Coach Zwank talked about Timmerman and the rest of the underclassmen group finding their full stride and learning how to run the race consistently. They sure put up a good fight Saturday and it continued on junior Hannah Welch posting a time of 20:57.4. That gave Welch a 78th place finish out of the 129 runner field and showed a marked improvement from last season’s 80th place finish. Fellow freshman Callie Moyer also produced one of her season-best times in a 93rd place finish with a time of 21:22.4.
Continuing along the ADM lineup was Sophia Chesney who’s time of 22:01.1 placed her 105th overall while junior Astraea Munyan captured a time of 22:41.1, good enough for 122nd place. The Tiger lineup was wrapped up with Tess Boorn finishing in 128th place with a time of 23:49.2 while senior Emily Hlas rounded things out with a time of 24:47.3.
It’s a strong start for the Tiger girls with even more excitement on the horizon as noted by coach Zwank.
“Most of these girls are still figuring out how to be consistent with racing at the varsity level yet are already doing quite well,” said Zwank. “There is a lot of potential in these girls with a very high ceiling.”
All but one of the starting seven returns for at least one more year and look to make it back to the state meet.