Turkey Valley cross country

Jordon Snyder, shown here at the New Hampton Invite, earned his fourth all-UIC honor at last week’s conference  meet.
     Jordon Snyder was fairly confident of his ability to finish in the top 15 to earn all-conference honors during the Upper Iowa Conference race last Thursday.     After all, the senior has been all-UIC his freshman, sophomore and junior years.     "I knew I should be in the top 10, for sure," he...
Isaac Franzen ran his career-best time under less than ideal conditions while competing for the Trojans at the New Hampton cross country invite Thursday.
     It was the third meet the Trojan cross country team ran in a week's time. Four runners braved the rain at the New Hampton cross country invitational Thursday and, despite the conditions, all had decent times.     Some spots were slippery at the New Hampton Golf and Country Club.     "You wear...
Perhaps the biggest improvement in times this year has come from Turkey Valley sophomore Lucas Scheidel, who set his second personal record of the season at Crestwood Saturday.
    For the first time in three meets, Turkey Valley’s boys had the numbers for a varsity team score when they ran at the Crestwood Invitational Saturday.    But just barely. While most of the other school had the luxury of throwing out a score or two, all the Trojan scores counted, and they came...
Running for the New Hampton varsity girls, Riley Shatek finished with a season best time at Waukon.
    New Hampton brought back a pair of medals from the Waukon cross country meet Tuesday and Turkey Valley’s Jaycie Byrne narrowly missed one as both the Chickasaws and Trojans ran in the meet.    Not enough Turkey Valley runners competed to score as  teams, but New Hampton’s girls were sixth of...
Kaci Rausch had her best time of the season at Starmont Tuesday.
    Turkey Valley’s cross country teams only put a total of five runners on the course as they traveled to Starmont Tuesday.    The leaders for each group both set season records. Jordon Snyder was 11th among 72 varsity boys with his best time of the 2017 season of 18:28, while Jaycie Byrne was...
 Turkey Valley’s Jordon Snyder runs for the varsity boys team at Luther College Saturday.
    It's quite a sight on a sunny morning to watch hundreds of runners start a race.    “I think it's beautiful,” said New Hampton cross country coach Jamie Quass Ohrt after the Luther All-American Invitational Saturday competed with 28 schools in attendance.    “But for the kids, it's a little...
    While two girls joined Turkey Valley freshman Jaycie Byrne on the cross country course Thursday at the Tri City golf course near Luana, there still weren't quite enough bodies to compete as a team.    The boys also fell just short, with four members finishing from their squad.    Still, coach...
Two lettermen return for the Turkey Valley cross country teams, senior Jordon Snyder, left, and sophomore Isaac Franzen.
    Since Turkey Valley has been running with the South Winn cross country program the last two years, it’s been awhile since a Trojan uniform has been on a course.    But the program got underway Tuesday as five boys and one girl competed at Edgewood-Colesburg.    Jordon Snyder led the Trojan boys...
Turkey Valley seniors Shelby Reicks and Sadie Nymeyer pose with the Class 2A state runner-up trophy they helped South Winneshiek win on Saturday in Fort Dodge.
    In her third year of running in the state cross country meet, is Shelby Reicks calm and collected before the top race of the season?    "Not really," said the Trojan senior after placing 49th of 135 runners in Fort Dodge. "Before the race I'm still pretty nervous, but it goes away when you get...
Jordon Snyder leans into a hill at the state qualifying meet held at Garner.
Although an individual race might seem to drag on forever, Turkey Valley’s Sadie Nymeyer was surprised at how quickly the cross country season passed by this year.  “It’s crazy to think this is our last district meet,” she said after the South Winn girls team she and Shelby Reicks ran for qualified...

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