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Young team net positive for STC Cross Country program

August 17, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

By Allison Graham

Sports Editor

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The STC Cross Country team stretches after a recovery workout on Tuesday, August 14. The Trojan Cross Country team has their first meet on Thursday, August 23.
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This year's cross country team is going to be young but that is a positive for Head Coach Robert Tyynismaa. Currently on the roster there are two seniors, both girls, and just a couple of juniors. The rest of the team is made up of freshmen and sophomores.

"What's nice about this year's team is that kids who came out in middle school have continued to come out this year as freshmen, so we have some continuity in the program. I'm hopeful we can continue that," said Tyynismaa.

Something exciting for the Trojans is that South Tama will be hosting the WaMaC conference meet this season. Tyynismaa said he can't remember hosting the event at least for the last 10-11 years. The opportunity to host the conference meet has created some changes for the team.

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Cross Country 2018 Schedule

8-23 @ Marshalltown Community College, 4:30 p.m.

9-4 @ Grinnell - Ahrens Park, 4:30 p.m.

9-6 @ Marshalltown Community College, 4:30 p.m.

9-10 @ South Tama High School, 4:30 p.m.

9-15 @ BCLUW - South Hardin Recreation Area, 9:30 a.m.

9-18 @ Vinton-Shellsburg High School, 5 p.m.

9-24 @ Clear Creek Amana High School, 4:30 p.m.

10-4 @ Montezuma - Montezuma High School, 4:30 p.m.

10-11 WaMaC Meet @ Home, 4 p.m.

10-18 District, TBA

10-27 State

Normally the Trojans host their home meet at Otter Creek Lake and Park however this year the home meet will be run at the high school. This will give the team an opportunity to regularly practice the course and make sure everything goes smoothly for the conference meet. The course will be run around the high school and elementary schools and utilize the STC REC Trail.

Tyynismaa who was the assistant coach for several years took over as head coach after longtime coach George Kuhter resigned from the position. Tyynismaa is now in his second year as a head coach with Baron Davis as the assistant.

"It's definitely easier after year one and looking at the different things that needed to be done and the planning. I did some of that stuff last year so now in the second year I've got a lot of different things already created that I don't have to create that I can just revamp to get things going. It's definitely a smoother transition in year two," said Tyynismaa.

Leading the way for the Trojans will once again be junior Callie Frakes. Frakes qualified for the State Cross Country meet in 2016. She finished 87th in her freshman debut with a time of 21:05.6. An injury in her sophomore year kept her sidelined for much of the cross country season. Frakes spent much of the rest of the fall and winter healing.

Once spring rolled around she was healthy enough to qualify for State Track and Field Meet. She finished 23rd in the 1500 Meter Run. Now her team will be looking to her for leadership and talent and she will hopefully make a return to Fort Dodge in October.

The first meet for the team will be the early bird meet at the Marshalltown Community College campus on Thursday, August 23. The home meet will be on Monday, September 10. The WaMaC meet is on Thursday, October 11.

Be sure to check out The Toledo Chronicle next Wednesday for a preview of the Volleyball team and the Tama News Herald next Friday for a preview of the Football team.



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