Hawks hit the ground running at Marysville

Saturday marked the opening weekend of Hiawatha’s cross-country season, as the team traveled to Marysville and came away with strong results in their first race of the year.

Coach Becky Shamburg said the weekend was a great start for the team, as they ran a new course in Marysville. The difficulty of the run took the team by surprise, but Shamburg was thrilled, saying it was good for her group to start with a challenge. The Lady Red Hawks earned a team win, finishing 1st overall out of eight teams, with Kate Madsen leading the way with a 2nd place finish. Freshman Darcy Lierz took 9th in her first meet, while Madison Gilbert ran 11th and fellow freshman Emma Boswell finished 12th, while the team’s third freshman runner, Paige Campbell rounded out the top five for the squad.

Justin Hodge led the way for the boys team, cruising to a 1st place finish, while teammate Christian Shaffer joined in on the medal stand, running 10th. Ethan Pruitt was one returning varsity runner, while junior Dalton Simmer and freshmen David Keo and Camden Bachman all experienced their first varsity action. Hodge and Shaffer were joined by Pruitt, Bachman and Simmer in the top five.

Shamburg said her upperclassmen were supportive of her younger runners, assuring them that the extremely hilly course would prepare them for anything they would face the rest of the season. The coach said the team’s youth has her excited for the season, as they have so much room to grow throughout the year, as the squad approaches the big meets late in the season. “Our season really starts in the middle of October,” said Shamburg, the rest of the meets are to help us to learn and become better and more efficient competitors.”

After a strong opening meet, the Hawks will run at Holton on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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