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Callie Frakes qualifies for State Cross Country meet

October 24, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Anyone who has run a 5k knows that it's not an easy task. But South Tama junior, Callie Frakes, somehow makes it look effortless. She ends nearly every race with a smile on her face and Thursday was no different.

Following Thursday night's State Qualifying race in Pella, the star Trojan really had something to smile about.

She qualified for what will be her second appearance at the Iowa High School State Cross Country Meet. Frakes will make the trek to Fort Dodge on Saturday, October 27 and run at 12:00 p.m. with the other top competitors in Class 3A.

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STC’s Callie Frakes runs up the final hill of the State Qualifying Cross Country meet in Pella on Thursday,?October 18. Frakes finished 10th punching her ticket to the State Meet which will be held this Saturday, October 27 in Fort Dodge.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham

Thursday's qualification was significant for Frakes because she was sidelined much of last season with an injury. Frakes qualified her freshman year. Now in her junior year the goal has been to return to the State Meet, but throughout this season it seemed like she wasn't quite sure if she could do it.

But she accomplished her goal and did so with a time that beat her all-time record. Frakes finished 10th with a time of 20:21.

"I'm feeling really good, especially to come back after I was out last year and to be able to make it to State again this year," commented Frakes.

The South Tama Cross Country team was assigned to Pella for the meet. The race was run at the Central College Cross Country course. It is a beautiful, well-kept course with lots of hills and wooded areas. "The last time I ran Districts was at Solon so this was all new to me," said Frakes. "It was mainly rolling hills and I thought it was pretty easy. I think towards the end they start to get a little bit tougher but overall it was a pretty good course to run."

The runners lucked out with the most beautiful weather all week. It was sunny and 60 degrees on Thursday. "I think the weather plays a factor when you are running. I think the day was perfect. It wasn't too hot or cold and we had a bit of a breeze."

The rest of the South Tama girls finished as follows: 56 - Jojo Tyynismaa 24:08, 60 - Alyssa Chyma 24:23, 61 - Abbigail Froelich 24:26, 73 - Neena Lasley 26:39, 74 - Makayla Backen 26:46 and 76 - Caitlyn Stochl 27:54.

The overall winner was Ainsly Erzen a freshman from Carlile. She ran the race in 18:50.

Girls Team Results

Dallas Center Grimes 54, 2. Pella 55, 3. Norwalk 104, 4. Benton Community 125, Carlisle 161, 6. Oskaloosa 161, 7. Iowa Falls Alden-AGWSR 173, 8. Nevada 202, 9. Bondurant-Farrar 239, 10. South Tama 260 and 11. Knoxville 272

On the boys side South Tama's top finisher was Garrett Arp who came in 34th with a time of 18:21. Also finishing for South Tama were: 50 - Jair Sosa 19:18, 60 - Trusten Rosenberger 19:40, 61 - Logan Arp 19:40, 74 - Jonathan Meyer 20:29, 76 - Clayton Graff 20:39 and 83 Osmar Castanon 21:20

Boys Team Results

1. Carlisle 28, 2. Pella 73, 3. Dallas Center-Grimes 76, 4. Benton 114, 5. Bondurant-Farrar 114, 6. Oskaloosa 170, 7. Norwalk 202, 8. Saydel 221, 9. Nevada 234, 10. South Tama 279, 11. IFA-AGWSR 300, 12. Knoxville 303, 13. Centerville 368

STC Head Coach Robert Tyynismaa was very pleased with the outcome of the day.

"It was an excellent race by everyone. I was really pleased Callie Frakes was able to make it back to state. She ran a smart race. The rest of the girls ran well. It is a tough course with a lot of top runners and it's just a tough event. Garrett ran well. Jair ran really well. I think he had a PR by about 40 seconds from his last race so he was peaking at the right time. Logan and Trusten were running right together. We only had four returners from last season so a big group of freshman and they have learned a lot over the season and hopefully we can keep that momentum moving on to next season and see some bigger and better things from a team standpoint. Who knows maybe in a year or two we could qualify a team for state which would be really exciting," said Tyynismaa.



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