Rainbow Comm. Athlete of the Month: Hiawatha Girls XC

Hiawatha captured the 3A girls XC title. (photo: Hiawatha Schools)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Nov 6, 2017

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The Rainbow Communications Northeast Kansas Athlete of the Month will be given to the seven individuals on the Hiawatha 2017 state championship cross country team.

The Redhawks, who have won five conference championships in a row, captured the 3A title at Rim Rock From in Lawrence on October 28th with a low 3A team score of 67, edging out Scott Community by nine points. Hiawatha had finished as runner-up in each of the last two seasons. The race is a 5K run with the top finisher being sophomore Hannah Burks of Beloit in 19:10.30.

Hiawatha, led by head coach Becky Shamburg, was paced by their track and field state champion the last two years, Elizabeth Kettler, who has won the last two 3A 3200 meter titles in track. Kettler, now a junior, finished in 10th place (20:48.50) to be the top finisher for Hiawatha at Rim Rock. Kettler, who was one of the favorites entering as the regional champion once again, showed a ton of determination in finishing the state meet race as she was tied in first place with one mile to go, started feeling light headed as she was struggling with her asthma in the cold temperature, seeing spots, and ended up falling down. She got back up and ended up finishing in 10th place in a race that you would think would be impossible to finish after the circumstances. She was taken to ambulance at the finish line for oxygen. Freshman Katherine Madsen finished 14th, junior Mary Rosa took 21st, junior Jasmine Morey took 30th, senior Emma Williams finished 42nd, sophomore Madisen Gilbert finished 79th and freshman Nicole Steuve took 85th.

The Hiawatha boys team also took sixth at this years 2017 boys state cross country championships as freshman Justin Hodge took fifth place. 

The future looks bright as four of the five runners who counted on the scoring will be back for next season. Rainbow Communications would like to congratulate the 2017 Hiawatha girls cross country team on their 3A state title. 

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