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Frakes goes out with a bang at third trip to State Cross Country meet

November 7, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Under a blue and sunny sky, South Tama's Callie Frakes stood along with 128 other runners at the start line at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge. Saturday, November 2 was her final trip to the State Cross Country Meet.

Frakes finished 51st with a time of 20:20, not quite a career personal record but her best performance at a State Meet to date.

Frakes qualified her freshman year. Then a foot injury in her sophomore season derailed the year and she wasn't able to compete. She came back stronger in her junior year and qualified for the meet again.

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Callie Frakes is joined by her coaches, teammates and family following her third and final appearance at the State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, November 2. Pictured are assistant coach Baron Davis, Callie Frakes, mom Tammi Frakes, head coach Robert Tyynismaa and teammates Alyssa Chyma and Jojo Tyynismaa.
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"It feels really good. I put myself to higher expectations this season so I was a little disappointed with the way I finished but overall I think getting back here especially after foot surgery last year was a goal of mine," said Frakes.

Saturday was sunny but cool and windy.

"We had to warm up a lot more. Staying warm and keeping your muscles ready to go was a little bit harder today," said Frakes.

Coming off of the final turn and down through the shoot Frakes was neck and neck with a group of about three other runners. She managed to find the extra push needed to surpass two of her finish line competitors.

"I thought, this is it. Just knowing that this was how I was going to finish it, I finished how I usually do," said Frakes.

The best part of her final trip was simply being there. She enjoyed walking the course when she arrived and just took it all in.

Frakes will be running track this spring.

For head coach Robert Tyynismaa Frakes State trips was the first time in his coaching career he had someone attend the State meet three times.

"I don't think we've had a three time state qualifier in my coaching career. And then the fact that she had to battle the injury on her foot and then come qualify two times after that it shows you she is a dedicated hard worker. She set some high goals for herself," said Tyynismaa.



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