Hawkes and Streff run one-two in opening meet
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
Madison's cross country teams began the 2013 season on Friday morning at the Madison Country Club when Madison hosted the John Collignon Invitational.|
Seven girls' teams competed in the meet while six boys' teams ran. No team points were kept during the meet.
In the girls' division, Madison had three of the top five finishers. Leading from start to finish was Madison junior Emily Hawkes.
The race was shortened to 3,000 meters due to the heat. Hawkes crossed the finish line in 11:05.92, almost 23 seconds ahead of her teammate, freshman Hailey Streff. Streff's time was 11:28.59.
"It was better running in the morning, but it was still hot out there," Hawkes said, adding that her time was better than she thought it would be. "It was faster than I anticipated. When the race was shortened, I just went after the lead right away."
The other Lady Bulldog to place in the top five was seventh-grader Cami Streff. She finished her first varsity race with a time of 12:06.58.
One other Lady Bulldog runner placed in the top 15. Madison Nipe placed 13th with a time of 12:56.99.
Other Madison runners who competed in the first race of the season included senior Brooklynn Hodges (13th) 13:38.36; freshman Ashley Stromberg (20th) 13:53.93; freshman Amanda Rowland (22nd) 14:06.16; freshman Rachel Hass (23rd) 14:11.95; and junior Danielle Roemen (27th) 14:31.44.
Thirty-six runners competed in the varsity portion of the girls' meet.
Madison had four of the top 10 finishers in the boys' meet, led by sophomore Garrett Hubbell. He crossed the finish line in third place with a time of 14:08.42 in the 4,000-meter race. This race was also shortened due to the heat.
Senior Reid Guse placed fourth with a time of 14:12.22. Junior Dallas Fernau was sixth with a time of 14:24.22 while senior Tom Rowland placed seventh with a time of 14:36.43.
Hubbell, competing in his second varsity race, was very surprised by his finish.
"I had a good first half of the race, but the heat got to me during the second half of the race," he said.
Hubbell is hoping to step up his running while Hunter Streff is out with an injury.
"I want to try to be the leader with Hunter gone," he said.
Madison had four other runners who finished the race. They were freshman Ethan Hatch (19th) 15:37.43; sophomore Edwin Iraheta (22nd) 15:43.42; eighth-grader Jarred Hodges (23rd) 15:53.34; and sophomore Sam Eliason (33rd) 18:42.31.
Winning the race was West Central's Garrett Miles with a time of 13:55.98.
There were 33 runners competing.
©Madison Daily Leader 2013
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