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STC has strong start to cross country season

September 6, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Coach Robert Tyynismaa was quite pleased with the performance of his teams following the STC Trojans season opener. The Trojans ran at the annual Marshalltown Early Bird meet on Thursday, August 29.

STC had entries in the JV boys race along with the Varsity girls and boys. STC senior Callie Frakes has become rather comfortable with the course at MCC with this being her senior year. The Trojans compete on this course twice each season. Frakes describes the grounds as equally hilly and flat. Runners have much scenery to take in during the 3.1 mile distance with corn fields, wild flowers and a pond.

"It was a really good start to the season, everyone did good. It was a little bit challenging towards the last 1/3 mile because you have those hills after you've been already running other hills. For the most part it felt pretty good.

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South Tama’s Callie Frakes runs in the season opener for the Trojans at MCC on Thursday, August 29.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

Frakes has been a standout for the Trojans since she qualified for State her freshman year. An injury sidelined her sophomore season. She came back in her junior year essentially running with a broken foot but managed to make it back to the State course in Fort Dodge. Frakes had surgery and now has a plate in her foot. She deals with some swelling following her runs but other than that she is ready to hit some goals in her senior year.

One of those goals is breaking 20 minutes. "I was wanting to run a little bit faster than I did last season at this time. It's been almost a year since I ran because I got the plate put in my foot so this was all just trying to figure out how to get myself back and get my head in the game and figure out where to pace myself," said Frakes.

With temps in the upper 70's and a bit windy the weather, while a touch hot, was just about perfect Frakes added.

She finished Thursday at 14th with a time of 22:14.

Also running varsity were Alyssa Chyma who finished 20th with a time of 22:44, JoJo Tyynismaa who took 30th with a time of 24:26, Abigail Froelich who finished 47th with a time of 28:24, Neena Lasley who finished 49th with a time of 28:48 and Makayla Backen who came in 50th with a time of 30:03. The girls varsity finished 5th as a team with 160 points.

For the boys, Garrett Arp once again lead the way for the team as he enters his second season with the cross country team. Arp joined the team last season as a way to keep in shape for his top sport, wrestling.

Arp came in 25th with a time of 19:12. Following Arp was Tyrin Lasley who came in 34th with a time of 19:38, Jonathan Meyer who came in 38th with a time of 19:49, Trusten Rosenberger who came in 41st with a time of 20:09, and Logan Arp at 53rd with a time of 21:46. The Trojans finished 8th as a team. They will compete again Tuesday, September 10 in Grinnell at Ahrens Park.



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