FD’s Jackson 11th at CIC Meet

AMES – For the second straight meet, the Fort Dodge cross country teams saw some of the top contenders to claim state titles next month in action.

The Dodgers took part in the 12-team CIC Invitational here on Thursday.

Fort Dodge placed eighth overall in the boys team standings, while the girls finished in 12th.

Johnston and Dowling were the team champions.

It was a clean sweep by the Schweizer family from Dowling atop the individual races, as Ryan won the boys race in 15:58, while Karissa claimed the girls title in 14:15.

Leading the FDSH boys was returning state qualifier Alex Jackson, who placed 11th in 16:34.

“Alex ran the kind of race we expected from him,” Dodger head coach Tim Hanson said. “This was a difficult course, so the times are a little off compared to usual.

“The boys went out and stayed close to what I expected they would run.”

Thomas Thompson finished 31st, followed by Austin Read in 48th, Ryan Wagner in 55th and Caleb Asay in 78th.

With districts right around the corner, Hanson knows the focus is set for that night.

“We have our work cut out for us (at districts),” he said. “But I think the boys like being in that underdog role.

“Ames was ranked behind Waukee (coming into Thursday) and they finished ahead of them, so that shows anything can happen.”

Leading the Dodger girls was Madison Bodholdt, as the senior placed 72nd overall in 17:22. Junior Becca Sunken finished 78th, followed by freshmen Megan Nebel and Anna Taylor in 79th and 80th, respectively.

“As I’ve said before, with the girls, we are doing what can for the future,” Hanson said. “Madison led us once again, as she has done all year, and we just have to remember to stick to what we’ve been working on.”

Fort Dodge returns to action next Thursday at a 4A district meet in Ankeny.

In junior varsity races, Cole Determing led the Dodger boys with a 51st place finish. Maxwell Hanish, Jim Springer and Cole Davis all placed inside the Top-80.

On the girls side, Chloe Lentsch was 70th, followed by Taylor Chansler, Taylor Hintch, Noelle Barber and Amanda Koger.