Waukon girls cross country team ends season in 11th place among Class 2A elite

Lead pack within four places, four seconds of one another ... Waukon girls cross country junior Katelyn Benzing, sophomore Regan Griffith and freshman Madelyn Helgerson (left to right in above photos) all finished within four places and four seconds of one another in leading the Indians to their 11th-place team finish in the Class 2A race at the State Cross Country Meet at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course near Fort Dodge Saturday, October 27. Benzing finished 67th overall, 40th for team scoring, in 21:35.2, Griffith placed 68th overall, 41st for team scoring, in 21:36.3, and Helgerson came in 70th overall, 43rd for team scoring, with a clocking of 21:39.6. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

For the second consecutive season, the Waukon girls cross country team wrapped up its season where all high school cross country teams would love to be, the Iowa High School State Cross Country Meet held at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course near Fort Dodge Saturday, October 27. Competing for the second consecutive season and just the second time at the season grand finale since Iowa high school girls switched to the 5K cross country distance, the Indians had the ironic experience of scoring fewer team points at this season’s State Meet but ultimately finishing two spots further back in the final team standings, the distance Tribe ultimately placing 11th in the 15-team Class 2A field after scoring 238 team points, four fewer than last season’s total of 242 points that placed the Lady Indians ninth overall.

Mid-Prairie, Wellman 89; Williamsburg 118; WC-Kingsley-Pierson 131; Jesup 145; Danville-New London 155; Cascade 180; Panora-Panorama 180; Unity Christian 185; Crestwood 191; Aplington-Parkersburg 211; WAUKON 238; Dike-New Hartford 246; Shenandoah 318; Albia 348; Cherokee 353

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