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By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Off to a fresh start

Hawks open cross country season at Okoboji


September 8, 2022


George Vargas was H-M-S's top finisher at the Okoboji Invitational. The junior placed 31st in the meet held on Sept. 1.

A new cross country season began at a new venue, as the Emerald Hills Golf Course was the site for the Okoboji Invitational on Sept. 1. In the past the meet was held at the Woodlyn Hills course east of Milford.

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's boys competed as a varsity team and finished ninth out of 11 schools with at least five runners. The Hawks scored 236 points.

George Vargas ran 20:07 to finish 31st overall. Bryce Dodge placed 49th with a time of 21:03; Aiden Bush was 62nd, 22:38; Blaine Finster finished 64th, 22:53; Ryan Grotluschen was 67th, 23:03; and Damian Dodge was 72nd, 24:32.


Juliana Pasillas prepares to navigate a curve during the Okoboji Invitational. She finished 61st in the girls' varsity race.

Okoboji's boys won the team title with 39 points and Sioux Center was runner-up with 47. Other team scores were Sibley-Ocheyedan 114, Sioux Central 121, George-Little Rock/Central Lyon 138, Cherokee 155, MMCRU 157, West Lyon 211, OABCIG 265 and South O'Brien 281.

Gracie Knobloch and Lexi Croatt were the two best finishers for H-M-S in the girls' varsity race. Knobloch ran a time of 25:31 to place 45th while Croatt's time of 25:40 was good for 47th place.

The other two runners were Juliana Pasillas, 61st, 28:17; and Clara Funk, 65th, 31:02.

H-M-S did not have enough finishers to record a team score.

The Top 3 varsity girls' teams were Sibley-Ocheyedan, 58 points, Sioux Center, 65, and Cherokee, 85.

The Hawks will compete on Sept. 12, in the West Lyon meet at Lake Pahoja State Park, and in Sioux Central's meet on Sept. 15 at Sioux Rapids.


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