Woltz, Gomez, and Bance
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 4:14 AM
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
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
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.