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Frakes breaks school record, finishes 5th at WaMaC meet

October 23, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The regular season has come to a close and post season began Thursday evening. The Trojans travelled to Manchester to compete at the annual WaMaC Conference meet. The east and the west came together for the meet held at Hart Ridge Golf Course.

STC senior Callie Frakes described the course as perfect.

"It looks pretty hilly but on the back side it's mostly flat and then there was a gradual hill to finish but for the most part it was rolling hills," said Frakes.

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STC’s Callie Frakes is just about to cross the finish line in record time. She broke the school record running 20:00.6 at the WaMaC Conference Meet on Thursday, October 17 in Manchester, Iowa (West Delaware).
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The weather also cooperated for the race with a sunny afternoon and temperatures in the upper 50's.

"We had perfect weather for today after all the rainy days and the meets we had cancelled over the past few weeks so this was perfect weather," said Frakes.

Frakes was worried she would be a bit rusty coming into the WaMaC meet because the last three meets had been cancelled due to weather and she was sick the meet before that. But she said her legs felt fresh.

It was a beautiful day to break some records which is exactly what Frakes did. The afternoon began with the girls varsity run at 4 p.m. Frakes has been looking to break 20 minutes this season. The two-time state qualifying senior crossed the finish line at 20:00.6 breaking a record set by STC alumni Isabelle Tyynismaa. Tyynismaa's time was 20:13.

"I'm extremely excited. This is something I wanted to accomplish last year and now I think I finally got it. Next week I just want to go even lower," said Frakes.

STC's Alyssa Chyma finished 23rd with a time of 20:58. Jojo Tyynismaa had a personal record coming in 44th with at time of 22:27. Makayla Backen finished 84th with a time of 26:40 and Neena Lasley finished 89th with at time of 27:09.

For the boys STC's Garrett Arp came in first for the Trojans. He finished 30th with a time of 17:50. Tyrin Lasley finished 56th with a time of 19:02, Trusten Rosenberger finished 59th with a time of 19:14, Mitch Knock finished 66th with a time of 19:26, Clayton Graff finished 78th with a time of 20:20 and right behind him was Ethan Babinat finishing 79th with a time of 20:31. Omar Castanon finished 81st with a time of 20:39.

"We had some concerns about how we would run considering the previous three meets had been cancelled due to weather. We were very pleased to see that every single runner had season best times. Our training during this time period appears to have been effective in preparing the cross country runners to perform at their best," said coach Robert Tyynismaa.

Tomorrow the Trojans will compete at the State Qualifying Meet.

South Tama will travel to Pella for the meet. Other teams at Pella location will include Bondurant-Farrar, Centerville, Clarke (Osceola), Dallas Center-Grimes, Fairfield, Knoxville, Nevada, Norwalk, Oskaloosa, Pella and Winterset.

The State qualifying meet is set for Thursday, October 4 at 4 p.m.



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