Eagles sixth at Dick Bell Invite

Chris Lizama was 67th in 21:11.11 at the Dick Bell last Tuesday. Photo by Les Houser

The annual Dick Bell Invitational was held on a cloudy but comfortable day last Tuesday at the Eagle Grove Country Club Course. Even though rain threatened during the day, it stayed relatively dry throughout the event. This made for an easier time for the large fi eld of runners to navigate the hills on the course, which can be a challenge even under ideal conditions.

Newman Catholic four of their runners in the top 11 to take the team title by just a scant two points (52 to 54) over BCLUW, which placed four in the top 17 fi nishers. The rest fi nished like this: South Hardin 99, Denver 101, West Fork 117, Eagle Grove 152, Bishop Garrigan 162, Emmetsburg 178 and Belmond-Klemme 270.

“This meet can be a bit nerve wracking for both the athelete and myself as coach,” stated Ben Demuth.

“It is our home meet and we always have a large crowd to support us. I want the guys to do as well as they can on their home course, as we really only get one shot a year to show home fans what kind of team we are. I feel like we did to the best of our abilities, and that several of them went above and beyond what I expected of them. We have really been preaching pack running and to be better than our last meet in terms of strategy and time goals. It is hard to compare course to course, and our course is diffi cult with the one big hill to run twice and not many other courses have that kind of hill. We had many season bests at this meet, and I think it was partly fueled by adrenaline from the crowd and partly from the fact that we have now gotten almost everyone into peak running condition.”

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