Nashua-Plainfield cross country

Nashua-Plainfield’s Chloe Matthews nips Mason City Newman’s Chloe Nelson at the finish line during Monday’s conference meet.
Any other year and Jenn Kalainoff would not have been happy with the fact that her Nashua-Plainfield cross country teams had to run the Top of Iowa Conference on Monday, just three days before it heads to Cedar Rapids for tonight’s [Thursday] Class 1A state qualifying meet. Then again, 2018 isn’t...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Sam Hake attacks the course at North Iowa Area Community College during last week’s Top of Iowa Conference meet.
    How far has the Nashua-Plainfield cross country program come this year?    Well, consider this: The Huskies’ girls took third at the Top of the Iowa Conference meet and second among East Division teams, the boys had the divisional individual champion in Brock Dietz and six Huskies ran their way...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Brock Dietz is in the lead midway through the race  at the New Hampton Invitational last week.
     Brock Dietz loved the conditions — cool and wet — Thursday night; in fact, the only thing missing was the rain.     “I like it cold,” the Nashua-Plainfield senior said, “and I don’t even mind the rain. If it would have rained like it did in the girls race, it would have been perfect.”     Well...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Aubrey Eick charges for the finish line at her team’s home meet earlier this season.
     Aubrey Eick and Faith Carpenter almost answered in perfect unison when they were asked what they preferred — long-distance runs or “track workouts” — when it comes to cross country practice?     “Long runs,” they said as they both laughed.     Yet they know those track workouts have been...
Emma Sinnwell, shown here at the Nashua-Plainfield Invitational last week, helped the Huskies to the Panther Invitational team title on Thursday evening.
    Two days after running on their home course — one of the toughest cross country layouts in the state — the Nashua-Plainfield girls cross country team one-upped itself.    The Huskies, despite not running at full strength, claimed the team title at the Central Springs Panther Invitational on...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Brock Dietz runs past Dike-New Hartford runners in the boys race at the Nashua-Plainfield Invitational on Tuesday.
    For almost 11 months, Brock Dietz has had to live with the disappointment he endured at the Class 1A state-qualifying cross country meet.    “I want to run at state,” the Nashua-Plainfield senior said. “That’s all I’ve thought about since last year, so even when I didn’t want to run this summer...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Luke Cerwinske ran a career-best time at last week’s Dunkerton Invitational.
    The Nashua-Plainfield girls cross country team made a statement last week — running well at a meet in Waverly and then beating a ranked team on its way to a second-place finish at the Dunkerton Invitational.    Hey, and the boys had themselves a pretty good week, as well.    “Both teams are...
Dayton Hansen fires a touchdown pass to Jared Whitinger during Nashua-Plainfield’s 57-0 victory over Rockford.
Let’s be honest, given the choice of being 5-20 or 20-5, we’d all take the latter.  Or given the option of being 3-6 or 6-3, again, we’d take the latter.  And asked for a preference, any runner would prefer to have the season end in Fort Dodge at the state meet rather than see it conclude in Cedar...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Brock Dietz  was the Huskies’ top runner at last week’s Class 1A state qualifying meet.
It wasn’t the finish the Nashua-Plainfield cross country team wanted, but ask coach Jennifer Kalainoff and she’ll tell you it was a successful season.  And she means it, too.  “Obviously, we were hoping to get someone to the state meet,” Kalainoff said, “but one meet on one night doesn’t define our...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Faith Carpenter accepts her first-team all-conference medal after the Top of Iowa meet last week in Mason City.
Faith Carpenter’s freshman season, so far, couldn’t have been scripted any better.   Emma Sinnwell’s junior year on the other hand has, at times at least, deviated from the plan.   But it all came together last Thursday for both Nashua-Plainfield runners as they raced to first-team all-conference...

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