MARSHALLTOWN On Thursday, South Tama County's cross country teams were finally able to compete this fall.
After a month of practicing, the Trojans participated in their first meet of the season. They had two meets one at Marshalltown and one in Grinnell that were called off because of the heat. The Grinnell meet was scheduled for Sept. 10, but was rescheduled for last Thursday. South Tama chose to attend the meet at Marshalltown Community College instead of running at Grinnell.
"They were ready to go," STC assistant coach Robert Tyynismaa said. "I think most of them were disappointed that Tuesday we were postponed, so we were ready.
"I think they enjoyed the weather, especially the practices we had in the heat," he said. "I think they were anticipating a meet in the heat and that didn't happen today. That's a positive for the mental aspect of the team."
The Trojans stuck with their plans at the first meet, which was to enter most of the freshmen and sophomores in the freshman or junior varsity races. All of the STC freshmen girls ran in the freshman race, while the upperclassmen ran on varsity.
Both South Tama varsity teams finished last in the team standings at the tough meet. The boys squad placed 17th while the girls were 20th.
"Overall, they ran well," Tyynismaa said. "We had some freshman and sophomores that were nervous, but they ran in the freshman/sophomore race for that reason. Everybody ran well and it looked like times were pretty good. Everybody finished, too."
Junior Robert Tyynismaa and sophomore Blake Keller ran together for the entire 5-kilometer race as they led the STC boys team. They finished 60th and 63rd, respectively, running the 5K course in 17:58 and 18:01.
Three other Trojans ran on the boys varsity squad last Thursday. Senior Taylen Anderson, junior Trevor Yuska and senior Jake Theissen placed 114th, 119th and 124th in the race.
In the girls varsity race, senior Taylor Ellenbecker led the way for the Trojans. She finished the 4-kilometer course in a time of 17:13 as she finished 71st.
The four other STC varsity girls were senior Regina Balderas, junior Naomi Hoskey, senior Erin Filloon and junior Erick Dunning. Balderas was the second Trojan to finish as she placed 106th. Hoskey finished 115th, while Filloon and Dunning placed 119th and 120th.
South Tama also filled a freshman girls squad for a team score. STC finished sixth, just two points behind Dowling Catholic. Jensen Vodochodsky was the Trojans' top runner and she placed 33rd. Following her were Allison Yuska (44), Lauren Yuska (54), Courtney Anderson (58) and Mallory Thede (61). Shae Slaven (64) and Mahala Doyle (77) also competed in the race.
In the freshman boys race, Hunter Filloon led the way for the Trojans. He placed 63rd as he finished the course in a time of 20:12
A trio of STC girls competed in the junior varsity girls race last week. They were sophomore Sacorro Mendoza (174), senior Brittany Bear (189) and junior Kristi Lasley (213).
"All in all, everybody gave a good effort," coach Tyynismaa said. "Everybody's attitude was great today, too. There was no negativity today. We've talked that up in our practices. We want them to talk themselves up into running well versus talking yourself out of running well. I didn't see the negativity today."
South Tama hosted its annual home meet on Monday afternoon at Otter Creek Lake. STC will compete Saturday in Conrad. The meet will start at 9 a.m.
"We'll have our home meet on Monday," coach Tyynismaa said. "We might have an optional practice on Monday to get ready for our meet and get some of the soreness out. On Monday, we might get a judge of where we are based on today's meet. Then we have a meet the following Saturday."