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Shaver’s XC career concludes taking 67th at state (Hometown Press article)

posted Nov 3, 2017, 9:15 AM by webmaster@lshawks.org

Shaver’s XC career concludes taking 67th at state

After a season full of diligence and hard work, Mary Kate Shaver brought her high school cross-country career to an end at the state meet on Saturday, Oct. 28. The senior is new to Lynnville-Sully this year but represented the Hawk community well, finishing the race in 21:39 and placing 67th out of 143 runners.

“Just a great way to end the season for her, capping off her one and only season of cross-country at Lynnville-Sully,” commented head coach Darin Arkema.

Senior Mary Kate Shaver (left) runs with a couple of Kee-Hawks at the Class 1A State Cross-Country Meet last Saturday, Oct. 28. Shaver finished in 67th with a time of 21:39.
Photo by  Troy Hyde of Newton Daily News

Fortunately for Shaver, the snow that was predicted to fall at the meet at Fort Dodge stayed away. Instead, the sun made an appearance along with some light winds, making for decent running conditions.

Considering her state-qualifying meet performance, Shaver was expected to finish anywhere from 70th-75th at state. Despite these predictions, she fought throughout the whole meet to race up a few spots and place higher than anticipated.

“I couldn't be happier with being able to end my season at the state cross-country meet,” said Shaver. “It was a very memorable experience that I will never forget.”

Shaver passed the one-mile mark at approximately 6:20 and the two-mile mark around 13:20.

“She ran a really strong race,” commented Arkema.

Shaver finished her last race by sprinting through the finish line. Her final time is one of the top five times she has had all season.

“Hopefully, (Shaver passed) some motivation to teammates returning next year to work hard and be the next individual or team competing at the state meet,” said L-S Coach Arkema on Mary Kate’s influence on next year's cross-country team.

The state meet concluded the L-S cross-country season.

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