Ainsley Erzen Wins State Qualifier Meet in Atlantic in Course Record

Ainsley Erzen Wins State Qualifier Meet in Atlantic in Course Record

The Wildcats closed out the team portion of their season with a seventh-place finish at their state qualifying meet in Atlantic Oct. 24. The overall placing is deceptive as the girls were only seven points out of fourth place with a score of 122. Harlan took the team title with a fantastic score of 56. 

Ainsley Erzen, the No. 1 ranked runner in 3A, once again took home the individual crown with another course record of 19:09 to finish 26 seconds ahead of the runner-up from North Polk. This is her second consecutive state qualifying individual title in only her sophomore season. Younger sister Tessa finished a heart-breaking .1 from a state qualifying spot. She ran a gutsy race with a thrilling battle to the line, which came up just inches short in her first state qualifying meet as a freshman.  Junior Ella Andersen broke up the string of four freshmen for the Wildcats with her best performance of the season with a 35th place finish.  Riley Sievers, Laura Downs and Sage Austin did the freshmen class proud with some of their best races of the season. Sophomore Abook Dok closed out the team finish with another outstanding race in 51st overall. 

The team will be bringing back a roster that includes the entire varsity line-up, four junior varsity returners, and a very strong incoming 8th grade class.  While the state qualifying goal was just out of reach today, the future is very bright with the tremendous young leaders who will return to guide the program next fall. 

Ainsley Erzen will be competing for her first state individual championship next Saturday, Nov. 2nd, the Fort Dodge Lakeview Municipal Golf Course.  She will face stiff challenges from outstanding runners from around the state as she looks to improve upon her fourth-place finish from a year ago.      

Individual Varsity Results:

1. 3A #1 Ainsley Erzen – 19:09

16. Tessa Erzen – 20:50

35. Ella Andersen – 22:42

36. Riley Sievers – 22:50

39. Laura Downs – 23:06

47. Sage Austin – 24:02

51. Abook Dok – 24:47

Varsity Team Results:

  1. Harlan – 56
  2. Glenwood – 79
  3. ADM – 99
  4. Atlantic – 115
  5. North Polk – 116
  6. Creston – 121
  7. Carlisle – 122
  8. Denison – 211
  9. Boone – 291
  10. Saydel – 306
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  12. Keumper Catholic - Inc