Senior Kayla Woltz will be making her sixth straight trip to the State

Cross Country Meet this coming Saturday, a feat that can be tied, but can

NEVER be broken. The State Meet is held at St. Olaf College, in Northfield.

Also making the trip to the 'big dance', her second, is sophomore Karen

'go-go' Gomez. And making his debut 'run for the roses' is sophomore

Christian Bance. Bance is out for cross country for the first time this

year.

At the Section Meet, held last Thursday, Kayla (15:29.7) finished

second, overall, Karen (16:25.8) was 12th and Christian (17:21.1) finished

in eighth place. The top 8 individuals, excluding the runners on the top

two teams, qualified for the State Meet. Karen was the seventh individual,

not on either Dover-Eyota or Rochester Lourdes... Christian was the fifth

individual, not on either Winona Cotter or Plainview-Elgin-Millville.

Coach Chris Frye was extremely pleased with the performances of the

runners for Chatfield. "I was really proud of the way the kids stepped up,

he said. We asked them to give it everything they had, and up and down the

line, they did. We had four personal records (PR's), which was really tough

to accomplish in the cold, windy and soggy conditions." Kayla's sixth trip

to state, breaks the school record she and Coach Jayna (Tangen) Harstad

shared at five trips. Kayla is only the third Section 1A girl to ever make

it to the State six times. "That's a pretty amazing accomplishment, said

Coach Frye. Karen Gomez showed some real heart in battling to earn her

second trip to State. She is one of the hardest workers on the team, and

all that hard work she put in over the season paid off when she needed it."

"Christian ran a very smart race," commented Coach Frye. "He got out

well, but not too fast. He was 18th at around the mile mark, and just kept

steadily moving up. He's showing more race 'savvy' than you'd expect for

someone in their first season running cross country," concluded Frye.

Also running for the girls (4000 meters) were Mary Simpson (45th,

17:31.1), Hannah Friedrich (55th,17:52.5), Maddy Larrabee (63rd, 18:09.4),

Haley Woltz (73rd, 18:27.5) and Elizabeth Walsh (106th, 20:36.2). As a

team, the Chatfield (177 points) girls were fifth; behind Dover-Eyota (64),

Rochester Lourdes (73), LaCrescent (88), and Lake City (119). PEM was sixth

(208). 22 teams had runners, 19 complete, in the field of 130 runners.

Other Chatfield boy's running were Justin Friedrich (35th, 18:40.7),

Keagan Clarke (42nd, 18:55.5), Dan Narveson (83rd, 20:21.9), Kevin Bradt

(84th, 20:22.2), Alex Lien (99th, 20:55.4) and Tim Hawkins (120th, 21:32.1).

136 runners from 22 programs competed; 18 complete teams. Chatfield (238)

was ninth. Winona Cotter (49) was first and Plainview-Elgin-Millville (85)

was second, followed by Lourdes, St. Charles, LaCrescent, Lake City, Byron,

Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson, and then Chatfield.

Getting those PR's were Christian Bance, Dan Narveson, Kevin Bradt and

Maddy Larrabee.

At the State Meet, the boys Class A race is scheduled for 10 a.m. and

the girls, Class A, is set to start at 11 a.m.