Girls Turn In Stellar Team Performance at North Polk

Photo by Marne Sievers
Photo by Marne Sievers

The Wildcats ran an outstanding race to push 3A No. 12 North Polk to the wire. The team finished second by a slim margin four points. Health played a major role in the team success as the Wildcats added Abby Noonan back to the varsity roster for the first time this fall.  Noonan was a top-30 ranked runner in 3A last fall before suffering a catastrophic knee injury that kept her out for a little over a year.  Her return to the line-up boosted the Wildcats right to the front of the race. She was the third Wildcat across the line, finishing in seventh place overall. Up front, No. 1 ranked Ainsley Erzen once again took home a victory with another course record. Younger sister Tessa Erzen gutted out a strong third-place finish. The performances of the day came from the pack of Cats who finished fourth-seventh, as each runner set a personal best by anywhere from one to three minutes! Riley Sievers finished as a medalist in 10th overall with a impressive personal best that moved her into a tie for No. 6 all-time at Carlisle. She was followed closely across the finish line by fellow freshman Abook Dok. Dok took over three minutes off of her previous best, a performance good enough to earn her a 19th place finish and into the No. 10 spot on the Carlisle all-time list. Closing out the varsity line-up were Laura Downs and Bella Pagel. Both girls took over two minutes off their previous personal bests. The Wildcats will next compete at the RRC Championships on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Winterset.      

Individual Varsity Results:

1. Ainsley Erzen – 18:47

3. Tessa Erzen – 20:13

7. Abby Noonan – 21:36

10. Riley Sievers – 21:49

19. Abook Dok – 22:40

23. Laura Downs – 22:58

27. Bella Pagel – 23:43

Team Results:

  1. 3A No. 12 North Polk – 36
  2. Carlisle – 40
  3. Collins-Maxwell – 85
  4. Nevada – 106
  5. Colfax-Mingo – 128
  6. Des Moines Christian – 140

Individual Junior Varsity Results:

37. Ella Andersen – 24:18

39. Mady Taylor – 24:28

44. Sage Austin – 24:51

64. Hannah McGraw – 28:13

66. Assem Imankarina – 28:35