The St. Ansgar Saints Cross Country team has been plugging away at their 2018 season and are down to the final race of the year after the Saints most recently ran in the 1A District race last Thursday in Marshalltown. After the District race, the Saints had two runners advance to the State Meet in Fort Dodge.
Addy Carlson has had a very exciting couple of weeks. She ran in the Conference meet at NIACC a few weeks ago, coming in 3rd place in the race. The most exciting part for her was being named the Top of Iowa Conference Female Runner of the Year.
“I was in shock when I heard that I was the runner of the year,” said Carlson. “I was so surprised and not expecting it at all, especially since it was the whole conference. I thought they split that up in half but to know it was the whole conference is really surprising to me.”
Next up for the Saints was the District meet in Marshalltown. The Saints went in hoping to advance to the state meet and for two of them, that’s just what happened.
Carlson ran one of her best races of her high school career and crossed the finish line in first place, becoming the Class 1A District Champion.
“It really hasn’t even sunk in yet,”said Carlson. “I was in third place for most of the race and I was getting closer to the finish line and thought I’m going to push it and give everything I have got and try for first. The girl in first didn’t have much of a kick at the end so it all worked out.”
Carlson wasn’t the only Saint to advance to the State Meet. Seth Hershey has been solid for St. Ansgar all season and crossed the finish line in 6th place at the District Meet, earning his spot at state.
“It felt really good coming in 6th place,” said Hershey. “I was really dead there at the end. I was going for third but the last 300 meters I had nothing left.”
The State Meet will be nothing new to Addy Carlson. She has been a contestant since she was a freshman. Her freshman season, Carlson finished in 24th place. Her sophomore year saw her take home 43rd place and she finished in 46th her junior season. With just a few days to go, she prepares for her last cross country race of her high school career.
“It’s kind of sad to think about,” said Carlson. I’m almost done with high school running and it really hasn’t hit me yet.”
With the big race approaching, what has Carlson and Hershey most anxious for Saturday?
“I’m really excited because I have the potential to get a medal. The last couple of years I haven’t really been in a spot to get a medal and this year I could be top 10 which is really exciting for me.”
“Just the opportunity to compete with the best,” said Hershey. “I want to try and be in the top 15 to top 20.”
Carlson and Hershey will run on Saturday in Fort Dodge at the State Cross Country Meet at Kennedy Park. Carlson runs at 2:00 pm and Hershey at 2:30 pm. Good luck Saints!