FORT DODGE — Madison Waymire took a familiar path to the awards stand at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course one final time on Nov. 2.
The Dallas Center-Grimes senior captured her fourth state medal with a sixth-place finish in the Class 3A state cross country race. She was second in 2010, first in 2011, and fourth last season.
“I wish I could’ve done better, but you just kind of roll with the punches that come your way and depend on God to pull you through,” said Waymire, who finished in 15 minutes, 2 seconds. “It is an honor. I’m just so happy that I had a good support system that could help me succeed with my goals.”
“Her attitude and work ethic to get back is what I am most proud of,” coach Justin Droppert said. “To see her end her high school cross country career strong, and as a four-time all-state performer, was great.”
DC-G, in its fourth consecutive trip to state, came away with a 14th-place team finish, with three of the team’s seniors leading the way. Sydnee Hendricks finished 64th in 16:21, and Emma Bravard was 71st in 16:24.
Kirsten Lundy finished 85th in 16:50, and Jessica Pugh locked in the team score with a 100th-place finish in 17:19. Also running were Brooke Jacobsen, who was 102nd in 17:26, and Jaymie Block, who was 111th in 17:58.
Waymire is confident the program will continue performing at a high level in the coming seasons.
“We have set a very high tradition for them,” Waymire said. “They know what they can do. They’re a very talented group with big hearts, so I think that can take them as far as they want to go.”
Droppert is confident that the returners will be able to shoulder the load next season.
“As I told the juniors, it seems like every year we have a good group of seniors that we aren’t sure what we are going to do without them,” he said. “But the next group always steps up to take over and we are saying the same things at the end of the next year. In my opinion, that’s a good problem to have at the end of each year.”
In the Class 3A boys’ race, DC-G placed 15th, posted the best spread of just 15 seconds.
The Mustangs were making their first state appearance since 2010, when the team finished 13th.
Jacob Cline posted the sixth-fastest time for a freshman, 17:53, to lead DC-G with an 85th-place finish. He was followed by freshman Jared Bravard and senior Austin Goode, who placed 99th and 100th in 18:05. Colin Martin was 104th in 18:08, Carsen Kurth was 105th in 18:09, Nick Smith was 110th in 18:20 and Chad Connelly was 124th in 18:55.
“Our team score, we weren’t worried about that going in, we just wanted to experience the atmosphere at a state meet,” coach Ben Duea said. “We got to do that and we were excited about it.”
Duea credited the team’s seniors, Connelly and Goode, with leading a youthful group and reaching the state meet.
“I think they can walk away very proud of what they accomplished,” he said. “Hopefully they started a trend for our program for many years to come.”
Three of the team’s scorers — Cline, Bravard and Kurth — were freshmen, and the team will return 11 harriers with varsity experience next season. In addition, DC-G’s junior high team won the Little Hawkeye Conference and those runners could also contribute.
“Our numbers will be over 30, which is phenomenal,” Duea said. “Our future is very, very bright.”
A-D-M was represented by sophomore Brianna Mueller and senior Josh Berger. Mueller completed a strong sophomore campaign by finishing 68th in 16:24. Berger, A-D-M’s first male state qualifier since Derek Roberts in 2007, finished his senior season with an 89th-place finish and a time of 17:56.