FORT DODGE

North Tama's Jane McDermott and Eldora-New Providence's Ryan Pence were among six runners claiming individual championships as the cross country season closed with the state championships Saturday afternoon at Lakeside Golf Course.

Cedar Falls' highly regarded boys' and girls' didn't fare as well in the Class 3A races. The Tiger girls finished sixth and boys placed ninth.

McDermott, a senior, edged Sarah Arens of Remsen St. Mary's and Jesup freshman Heather Kite to claim the title in girls' Class 1A competition.

Meanwhile, Pence outran Algona-Garrigan's Adam Sundall over the last 200 meters to claim the title in boys' Class 1A. Pence's win helped Eldora-New Providence to a second-place finish behind Iowa City Regina in the boys' 1A team race. Pence was clocked in 15:56 on the 3.1-mile course.

Sundall, who defeated Pence in district competition on Oct. 23 to hand the Eldora-New Providence his only loss of the season, was timed in 15:59.

Pence said he took the lead with about 700 or 800-meter remaining and that he felt confidence in his kick.

"We're one-one," said Pence. "I felt good coming into this and I was confident. At districts I tried to push it and he got me at the end. My plan was to just try and stick with him and pass him at the end."

The Tigers finished with 104 points to 48 for Iowa City Regina.

Eldora-New Providence, which lost the 1996 championship to Woodbine in a tie-breaker, got a 10th from Tyson Keith, Chris Wieting finished 17, Steve Carr was 31st and Curt Hobson finished in 45th place.

"We're very pleased in both regards," said Eldora-New Providence Coach Randy Fahr. "Ryan ran a real strategic race, kind of the way we planned it and that he'd use his kick at the end. As a team, Regina just blew everybody out of the water. The best we could get was second and we got it. You've got to be happy with that."

Fahr said he felt the 1A team race would be decided by his team, Regina and Collins-Maxwell-Baxter, which finished third with 112 points.

"I guess it was Regina's day," Fahr said.

Elsewhere in Class 1A, Cedar Falls Northern University High got a seventh-place finish from Josh Sawyer and finished fourth with 130 points.

"It's nice to have Josh Sawyer back, he hasn't run since about the 10th of September," said NU High Coach Bob Lee. "We really didn't run our best race of the year, but we were nice and solid where we needed to be. I think that was the key for us."

Dike-New Hartford managed to place sixth behind a 12th-place finish from Danny Schmitz, and Jesup, led by Jason Rowley's 29th-place finish, claimed 14th place.

Individually, Josh Moen of Fairbank Wapsie Valley finished 23rd in 16:46.

New Hampton and Decorah finished eighth and 12th respectively in Class 2A. New Hampton, led by a 23rd-place finish by Pat Schwickerath, scored 223 points and Decorah, which got a 33rd from Jeremy Peake, scored 304 points.

The Class 2A team title went to Waukon with 74 points, followed by Orange City Unity Christian with 78 points.

Individually, Adam Olsen of Independence turned in a time of 16:22, good for 15th place, and Justin Mellmann of Osage placed 16th in 16:23.

Cedar Falls and Charles City finished ninth and 16th respectively in Class 3A. Matt MacKenzie led Cedar Falls to 225 points with a 24th-place finish and Charles City got a 70th place from Tim Eldridge as it scored 444 points.

The Class 3A team championship went to Iowa City High with 89 points, followed by Dubuque Senior with 92 points.

Individually, Darin Stegge of Waverly-Shell Rock crossed the finish line in 16:25, good for 47th place.

"I just said, `this is it, this is my senior year, I want it,'" said McDermott after her victory. "I gave it all I had."

McDermott said she got off to a disappointing start and lagged at the back of the lead pack until the last half-mile. Arens and Michelle Lahann of Calamus-Wheatland led most of the race and McDermott said she kept closing on the two leaders.

"I kept getting closer and I'm like maybe I can get them, maybe I can get them," she said. "I finally caught up with (Arens), fortunately I still had something left. I had to give it my all. It would have been great to get second at state, but I had to give it my all and see if I could get it. It would have been disappointing to be that close, so I had to try. Fortunately I had something left. I can't believe it."

McDermott, who finished in 11 minutes, 53 seconds on the 2-mile course. Ahrens was second in 11:54 and Kite placed third in 11:58. Lahann placed fourth with a time of 12:01.

Bennett-Durant won the Class 1A team championship with 118 points. North Linn finished second at 120, Calamus-Wheatland was third with 138 points and Tripoli took fourth with 145 points. Denver scored 202 points, good for eighth place.

Tripoli was led by Kristy Blasberg, who was 11th in 12:13, and Denver got a 31st place from Tara Pratt.

"We're really happy with how the kids finished," said Tripoli Coach Lowell Syverson. "I just felt that everybody else did better today. We're not disappointed with our kids, everybody else should be happy with how their kids did."

Other individual results in Class 1A included a 19th by Stacy Shaw of Dike-New Hartford. Her time was 12:31.

New Hampton scored 334 points and earned an11th-place finish in Class 2A with Iowa Falls finishing in 13th place with 392 points. Lindsey Hansen led New Hampton by placing 47th in 12:45 and Sara Stensland topped Iowa Falls with a 41st-place finish in 12:10.

Sibley-Ocheyedan scored 127 points to win the Class 2A title with Benton Community second with 179 points.

In Class 3A, Cedar Falls, the defending champion, and Waverly-Shell Rock finished sixth and eighth respectively. Cedar Falls, which scored 211 points, got a 15th-place finish from Ashley Kunkle (11:56) and Waverly-Shell Rock, which scored 234 points, was led by Amy Taylor's 19th-place finish in 11:59.

The Class 3A team championship went to Iowa City West with 77 points. Iowa City High was second with 124 points.

Individually, Emily Shoopman of Waterloo West was 46th in 12:24.

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