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STC hosts WaMaC Cross Country meet

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

The WaMaC Conference gathered at South Tama for the annual WaMaC Conference meet on Thursday, October 11. It was a chilly day at 47 degrees with a slight west northwest wind of 10-20 mph. Leading up to the race it was a rather overcast day but the sun made an appearance for race time.

The WaMaC consists of an east and west division and both sides were present including Solon, Williamsburg, Marion, Mount Vernon-Lisbon, Center Point-Urbana, Central DeWitt, West Delaware, Benton Community, Independence , Beckman Catholic, Clear Creek-Amana, Vinton-Shellsburg and of course South Tama.

South Tama hosted the WaMaC meet along with their annual home meet that was held last month at the STC High School. It was a change this season as they have run their meet at Otter Creek for many years. However it was a necessary change to accommodate the amount of people that attended including teams and spectators.

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South Tama’s Callie Frakes descends down the final stretch of the WaMaC Conference meet on Thursday, October 11. Frakes finished 13th with a time of 20:41.
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STC's Callie Frakes was the first Trojan runner to cross the finish line. She finished 13th with a time of 20:41 which is her second best time of the season.

"It was really chilly and pretty muddy back behind the STC Elementary but overall I felt like it was a pretty fast race," said Callie Frakes.

Frakes who sat out most of last season with an injury has made her return to the team this season. Her injury is still something she deals with and that's just the way it is going to be.

"Today felt pretty good. I hope to do better next week," said Frakes as she refers to the looming regional meet that will determine who will go to State. The Trojans are headed to Pella for that meet along with Benton, Bondurant-Farrar, Carlisle, Centerville, Dallas Center-Grimes, Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR, Knoxville, Nevada, Norwalk, Oskaloosa, Pella and Saydel.

Frakes has her eye on a few people to watch for. "There are a few girls from Pella and Benton for sure. They (Benton) were ahead of me today but I'm going to try and keep up with them at Regionals," said Frakes.

South Tama's course had quite the dramatic finish as runners came down the hill from between the football and softball fields.

"You cannot feel your legs at all once you come around that last turn but I think it's a really good way to finish," said Frakes.

Frakes who qualified for the State Meet her freshman year has a game plan to get back to Fort Dodge for her junior year. "I'm going to work hard and stay in shape. I think this is the most important week of the season. You have to watch everything you do and stay focused. I'm already nervous," said Frakes.

Other finishers for the STC Trojans girls team included: 48th Alyssa Chyma (22:50), 57th Jojo Tyynismaa (23:00), 69th Abbigail Froelich (24:03), 79th Makayla Backen (24:41), 89th Neena Lasley (26:00) and 93rd Joselin Nunez (27:14).

Girls Team Results

Williamsburg 67, 2. Solon 85, 3. Marion 103, 4. Benton Community 104, 5. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 141, 6. Center Point Urbana 176, 7. Central DeWitt 186, 8. Vinton-Shellsburg 238, 9. Clear Creek Amana 238, 10. Independence 266, 11. South Tama 266, 12. Beckman Catholic 279, 13. West Delaware 345, 14. Maquoketa 386

For the STC boys Garrett Arp had the top finish for the Trojans coming in 35 with a time of 18:11. Following Arp were 63rd Trusten Rosenberger (19:26), 67th Logan Arp (19:40), 75th Jonathan Meyer 20:14, 85th Clayton Graff (21:17) and 86 Brayden Smith 21:42.

Boys Varsity Team Results

1. Marion 36, 2. Clear Creek-Amana 37, 3. Mount Vernon 91, 4. Center Point-Urbana 102, 5. Benton Community 151, 6. Williamsburg 182, 7. Solon 229, 8. West Delaware 235, 9. Vinton-Shellsburg 253, 10. Central DeWitt 257, 11. South Tama 325, 12. Independence 359, 13. Maquoketa 369 and 14. Beckman Catholic 407



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