Book is closed on Shaw’s XC career – Senior places 22nd at state

North Mahaska senior Cheyenne Shaw (946) competed in her final state cross-country meet Saturday placing 22nd. She finished behind Hudson’s Addison Grady (13th) and Pekin’s Lauren Derscheid (21st). Kristi Nixon | MAP Photo

FORT DODGE – Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge hosted arguably one of the most competitive Class 1A state cross-country fields ever. The top five individuals finished in the top five, but not in that order. North Mahaska’s Cheyenne Shaw placed 22nd in the 139-competitor field.

Peyton Pogge of Tri-Center came into the meet as the top runner and kept that title topping the field in 18 minutes 45.4 seconds. Kee Lansing’s Haley Meyer, who was the fourth-ranked runner, took second in 18:51.4. Shaw was ranked 14th and finished in 20:16.7. 

Sixth-ranked Rylee Dunkin of Twin Cedars placed seventh in 19:43.1 and Greenlee Smock of Lynnville-Sully took 10th overall.

Logan-Magnolia won the team race with 112 points and Hudson was second with 133. Pekin’s girls placed ninth with 211 points.

The field ran a blistering sub-6 minute pace with Pogge averaging 5:904. The pace was one of the fastest in recent memory. 

“It was definitely a highly competitive meet,” said Shaw. “Everyone came out in a 6-mile pace, which was faster than they realize. I ran a 5:55, but did not realize it. I thought I was going slow so tried to speed up.

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