NFV girls, four individuals to run at State XC

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Halva, Monnahan for boys; Gibson, Feldman for girls
NFV girls, four individuals to run at State XC

By Jerry Wadian


The North Fayette Valley cross country teams acquitted themselves well Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Class 2A State Qualifying Meet in West Union.

The girls’ team qualified for the State Cross Country Meet with a third-place finish. In addition, Paige Gibson and Megan Feldman finished in the top 10 to qualify as competitors in the individual races.

For the boys, Danny Halva finished third and Devon Monnahan placed eighth to earn a trip to Ft. Dodge.

The State Meet will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course north of Ft. Dodge. The girls will run at 1 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 1:20 p.m.  The boys’ race will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony beginning at 2:20 p.m. The top three teams will receive trophies, and the top 10 individuals will earn ribbons.

If you’re going to park at the golf course, it will cost $10 this year.

Thursday, in West Union, Monticello runners were easy winners in both the boys’ and girl’ races.

The TigerHawk girls were one of four ranked teams in the field. Cascade won with 53 points, Monticello was right behind with 57.

NFV earned the right to go to Ft. Dodge by edging Osage, 82-87. The top five runners figure in the scoring. TigerHawk scorers finished sixth, ninth, 20th, 21st and 26th, while Osage scorers placed 11th, 15th, 18th, 19th and 24th. Hudson was a distant fifth with 126 points.

Gibson was the fastest TigerHawk at 16:12 to earn a sixth-place medal. Feldman was three spots back with her time of 16:27.

Rebecca Miller and Makayla Kaeppel almost made the elite field, finishing 20th and 21st with times of 17:09 and 17:12, respectively.

Natalie Moyle was the fifth scorer, placing 26th in 17:27. Regan Wolverton was three places behind Moyle, finishing in 17:32 for 29th place. Kortney Pleggenkuhle was the seventh NFV runner, placing 42nd in 18:14.

NFV has three runners who ran at the State Meet last year. Gibson won a medal with her eighth-place finish. Kaeppel placed 51st and Miller was 120th.

This will be the third-straight appearance for Kaeppel in Ft. Dodge; she was 29th in 2011.

Team Results

1. Cascade, 53; 2. Monticello, 57; 3. NFV, 82; 4. Osage, 126; 5. Hudson, 126; 6. Anamosa, 218; 7. Sumner-Fredericksburg, 223; 8. Springville-CC, 232; 9. A-P, 269; 10. Beckman, 289; 11. New Hampton, 414; 12. Columbus, 424.

Individual TigerHawk Results

6. Gibson, 16:12; 9. Feldman, 16:27; 20. Miller, 17:09; 21. Kaeppel, 17:12; 26. Moyle, 17:27; 29. Wolverton, 17:32; 42. Pleggenkuhle, 18:14.


The NFV boys finished  a very respectable sixth in a talented field. They totaled 141 points, four points behind ranked Columbus and 67 ahead of seventh-place Waukon.

Monticello was the repeat champion in dominating fashion; its runners took  first, second, sixth, ninth and 11th for 29 points.

Osage (76) and Hudson (108) are the other two teams moving on to Ft. Dodge.

Halva was third with a time of 16:20; the fourth-place Osage runner finished in 16:27. The top two from Monticello came in at 15:45 and 16:15, respectively.

Monnahan (16:47) was an eyelash away from seventh as the Cascade runner finished in 16:45.

The next TigerHawk was Jordan Larson, who was 37th in 18:44.

This will be the first time in Ft. Dodge for both TigerHawk runners.

Team Results

1. Monticello, 29; 2. Osage, 76; 3. Hudson, 108; 4. Cascade, 124; 5. Columbus, 137; 6. NFV, 141; 7. Waukon, 208; 8. Union (LPC), 256; 9. Springville-CC, 261; 10. A-P, 265; 11. New Hampton, 231; 12. MFL/MM, 296; 13. Sumn.-Fred., 359.

Individual TigerHawk Results

3. Halva, 16.20; 8. Monnahan, 16:47; 37. Larson, 18:44; 46. Carlson, 19:17; 47. Bruns, 19:18; 50. Fenneman, 19:23; 60. Amos, 19:47.

Afterwards, NFV head coach Cassie Gruman stated, “Holy cow!!!  I think my heart stopped when I heard we were third and headed to State as a team.  From calculations at the line, I thought we finished fourth.  

Gibson ran a solid race with Feldman really stepping it up as a freshman for an impressive finish.   Halva and Monnahan have pushed the pace all season long.  Their tickets to State are well-deserved.  

“It's been a fun season, and it's nice to see such a nice group of kids earning the opportunity to race at State.”

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