Girls Cross Country Places 12th at State Meet

On October 29, 2021 the City High Girls Cross Country team went and competed in the state meet. They ran their final meet of the season, the first state meet for some and last state meet for others.

Rachel Marsh, Photo Editor


5000 meters. One varsity team against the best in the state. Some there to close out their last season, some there for the first time. On Friday October 29, the City High Girls Cross Country went to the state meet in Fort Dodge.

“There were a lot of nerves heading into state, especially with a team that had only three returning to state, the other four were new to the whole experience. I feel like with all of this taken into account, we ran for each other which is something that can be hard to come by. I definitely feel like there was some disappointment with the outcome, but it was honestly such a good season for us. The team is the strongest it has been, and along with there being talented individuals, there is a very deep team that bleeds into our JV and Fresh/Soph team. That’s a big take away I think we all felt, and we know that we only just started this trend, and it will carry on next year. We all have this dynamic within our team where we all know our part and I think that’s very special,” said Lucy Corbin ‘22.

The team ran their varsity seven, Rowan Boulter ‘22 finished first for the team, in 22 place overall, with a time 19:27, earning herself a season’s best. Next finishing for the team was Ani Wedemeyer ‘25 with a time of 19:42. Iris Wedemeyer ‘23 finished next with a time of 19:45. Then Corbin ‘22 finished with a time of 21:17, with Tatum Frazier ‘22 following to end with 21:34. Nina Kuhlman ‘25 ran a 21:43, with Eva Reynolds ‘23 finishing with a time of 21:50.

“I think the season and state went really well for the team. We all worked really hard all season and it paid off. The atmosphere on this team is great and I think everyone was pretty happy with how the season went. The vibe on the team in general is amazing and it’s like no other team I’ve ever been on. The coaches care about everyone so much and everyone’s nice to each other,” said Iris Wedemeyer ‘23.

Overall, the team ended in twelfth place with 250 points, finishing behind Ankeny Centennial and Dowling Catholic. The team had three alternates: Nicole Peterson ‘25, Sophia Romero ‘24, and Erin Anderson ‘23.

“What a wonderful 2021 XC season capped off with a state meet appearance for the Little Hawks!” wrote co-head coach Ryan Ahlers in an email to the team. “We finished in 12th place today, and while we were aiming for a top 10 team finish, we left the gas tanks empty in Fort Dodge after 5000 meters of hard racing.”