Waukon girls cross country team opens season with fourth-place finish at Oelwein


Top-10 leader in first meet ... Waukon girls cross country senior Katelyn Benzing sets her own pace at the Indians’ season-opening meet at the Oelwein Invitational Tuesday, September 3. Benzing led the Indians to their fourth-place team finish with her top-10 finish of ninth place in a time of 21:02. Photo by Diana Davison. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon girls cross country team got its 2019 season underway at the Oelwein Invitational, competing against some teams considered highly among their respective classes and having mixed results but ultimately finishing fourth as a team in the large, 15-team field at Oelwein. Ranked sixth among Class 2A teams by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches, the Lady Indians finished three points ahead of Class 2A fourth-rated Jesup but also finished behind Class 1A fourth-rated Denver and two teams considered near the bottom of Class 3A’s most highly regarded teams, including an unranked Center Point-Urbana team that surprised all teams by winning the meet.

The Lady Indians were next scheduled to compete at the Wartburg Invitational hosted by Waverly-Shell Rock Tuesday, September 10. They will then take part in the Luther College Invitational Saturday, September 14 in Decorah before competing in the Starmont Invitational Tuesday, September 17.

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