Eighth grader Jessica Wittrock has shown improvement in every meet that she has ran this year, including her record setting time at the Hawk Invitational.
Sunrise Ridge Golf Course was the site of the 2012 Hawk Invitational on Wednesday afternoon in Colman. The home meet was one of two meets that the Hawks cross-country team competed in last week – the first was the Sioux Valley meet in Volga.
Colman-Egan had a successful trip up north to the Sioux Valley meet, three of the four varsity runners set season best times to that point.
On the girl’s side, Wittrock took the top spot for Colman-Egan with an 11th place finish. Her time of 17:25 was 45 seconds faster than her previous career best finish of 18:10, a time she set in DeSmet on September 6th. Her 11th place finish also marks her best varsity finish of her career. Her previous best was 16th place at the DeSmet meet. Kristin Schultz also took the starting line for Colman-Egan. Schultz popped off a time of 19:19 to finish in 23rd position. Her finish was 28 seconds faster than her previous season best time, which she set in Arlington on September 11th.
As for the boy’s side, Jared Schwebach took top honors for Colman-Egan – finishing the race in 22:22, a time good enough for 36th position. It was Schwebach’s best time of the season, surpassing his previous best time of 22:54 that he set in the Hawks season opener in Deubrook on August 25th. Dennis Park was the only other varsity runner for C-E. After not running varsity for the first four meets this season, Park has competed varsity in each of his last three races. Park finished the race in 47th position with a time of 26:26.
C-E had four runners take part in the junior varsity meet. Samantha Verver (11th) finished in 22:05 and Kayla Hewitt (12th) finished right behind her with a time of 22:27. Ashtyn Shafer (24th) finished in 18:52 and teammate Walker Oliver (26th) finished in a time of 20:13.
Colman-Egan was able to show off their improvements to their local fans on Wednesday as they hosted the Hawk Invitational.
All nine of Colman-Egan’s cross-country runners participated in the meet for just the second time all season.
The girl’s had three varsity runners, headlined by an 11th place finish from Wittrock. Her finish was her second consecutive 11th place finish and her time of 17:13 was her career best. To top all of that, her time ranks as ninth best in Colman-Egan cross-country history.
Callie Verver didn’t finish too far behind Wittrock, crossing the tape in 17:48 for 16th place. Verver’s time is her season best by 29 seconds, eclipsing her previous time that she set at the DeSmet meet earlier in the season. Schultz also ran varsity for C-E. Her 19:20 time placed her in 33rd position. The girl’s team finished in eighth place with an average time of 18:07.
On the boy’s side, both Schwebach and Park competed varsity for the third straight meet. Schwebach finished the race in a season best 21:34 for 30th position. His finish was also a season bests for Schwebach, ousting his previous best position from the Deubrook meet (34th) to open the season. Park crossed the line in a season best 26:02 to finish the race in 39th position.
The Hawks had two medal winners in the junior varsity meet. Samantha Verver finished the girl’s race in 10th position with a time of 14:59 and Ashtyn Shafer finished the boy’s race in 9th with a time of 13:05. Oliver (15:15) finished in 18th and Hewitt (15:46) finished the race in 13th position.
The Hawks have wrapped up regular season running and will prepare for the DVC meet that is held tonight in DeSmet. The Hawks had some success at the DeSmet course earlier in the year with two top 20 finishers.