FORT DODGE, Iowa - Paced by a seventh-place overall finish (fourth in the team scoring) by senior Grant Brouwer, Sibley-Ocheyedan’s boys’ cross country squad placed an impressive fourth among 15 teams in the Iowa Class 1A state meet at Kennedy Park’s Lakeside Golf Course last Saturday, Oct. 27.
The Generals, coached by Ryan Wiersma, qualified as a team nine days earlier (Thursday, Oct. 18) by earning a convincing victory at a 19-team state-qualifying meet on the Hawarden Golf Course, hosted by West Sioux. It was S-O’s first-ever state team qualification for the boys.
At Fort Dodge, Brouwer ran the 5,000-meter distance in 16:45.7 as he competed very favorably among Iowa’s best small-school distance runners. Junior Trevin Wasmund (36th overall, 17th team scoring) ran the course in 17:24.8 and was followed by freshman Dustin DeRuyter (49, 22, 17;39.0), freshman Keagan Van Westen (63, 31, 17:53.8) and senior Lane Tangeman (89, 50, 18:24.6) as scoring runners for the Generals (4-17-22-31-50), who tallied 124 points. That total was a mere three points behind third-place South Hamilton of Jewel (121), and 41 points better than fifth-place Newman Catholic of Mason City (165).
Madrid, led by individual winner Sean McDermott (16:16.4), won the team title with a low score of 61 points (1-5-10-18-29), while Calamus-Wheatland was second with 111 - just 13 points better than the Generals.
Also running for S-O at the state meet were seniors Joshua Nobles (118, 74, 19:05.7) and Jarrett Van Wyk (132, 88, 19:35.3).
At the qualifying meet at Hawarden, Brouwer (third, 17:37.25) and Wasmund (sixth, 17:50.24) each had stellar up-front finishes, while DeRuyter (16th, 18:12.22), Van Westen (17th, 18:28.54) and Tangeman (26th, 18:58.44) combined to give the Generals winning score of 68 points.
Nobles (37, 19:32.56) and Van Wyk (51, 20:03.54) also placed among the top third of the 150 total finishers at Hawarden.
St. Albert of Council Bluffs (91) and Trinity Christian of Humboldt (150) also qualified teams to the state meet, while Sioux Central (158) and Woodbine (161) were close behind. St. Albert finished ninth at the state meet with 227 points, and Trinity Christian was 15th with its score of 315.