Lineweaver, Stein, Cabinboy earn All-Conference honors
Mari Stein and Blake Lineweaver each placed sixth in their respective divisions at the Siouxland Conference cross country meet held in Larchwood on Tuesday to earn All-Conference honors.
Stein finished the girls' race in 21 minutes, 28.11 seconds, while Lineweaver paced the Pioneer boys in 17:43.95.
After finishing 11th as a freshman, Stein jumped five spots in this her sophomore season.
"Mari Stein had a pretty solid effort," Okoboji coach Royce Van Roekel said. "She finished 11th last year as a freshman. To see her improve and get all the way up to sixth as a sophomore is exciting for us to watch. She continues to progress week in and week out. It sets her up for a huge week next week at the state qualifying meet in Orange City."
Despite slipping a couple of positions towards the end of the race, Lineweaver earned All-Conference honors for the third straight year after placing 21st as a freshman.
"Blake had another night where he was running in a solid position," Van Roekel said. "He was running in fourth all night long. He had a great start and ran solid up until the last 200 yards when he got passed by a couple of other runners. We've got to continue to work with Blake on his kick. It might be a little late in the year, but we're going to give it heck on Thursday and see if we can get him to improve his kick so he can finish where he wants and get back down to Fort Dodge."
Also earning All-Conference honors was freshman Keitra Cabinboy. The newcomer placed 14th for the Pioneer girls in 22:38.56.
"Keitra Cabinboy had a solid finish to take All-Conference honors as well," Van Roekel said. "That's always awesome to see our younger runners getting in there and building that extra confidence to build off of year after year."
Rounding out the girls' finishes were: Cory Hoffman in 20th (23:12.74), Mallory Gibson in 26th (24:05.49), Grace Eckard in 31st (25:04.25), Grace Goehring in 34th (25:19.98) and Ali Goehring in 35th (25:21.10).
Overall, the Okoboji girls placed fourth.
MOC-Floyd Valley took the Siouxland Conference girls team title with 46 points.
The Dutch were followed by Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (56), Sheldon (58), Okoboji (93), Sioux Center (107) and West Lyon (141).
For the Okoboji boys, freshman Ethan Albright narrowly missed earning All-Conference honors with his 16th-place time of 18:21.69.
Albright was followed by Joseph Schmidt in 26th (19:08.71), Jakob Fritsch in 40th (20:01.02), Isaac Fritsch in 44th (20:52.36), Glenn Hackbarth in 45th (20:53.91) and Jared Hanlon in 49th (22:43.89).
The Okoboji boys placed sixth overall.
MOC-Floyd Valley took the Siouxland Conference boys title as well with a total of 31 points.
The Dutch were followed by George-Little Rock/Central Lyon (57), BH/RV (95), Sioux Center (112), Sheldon (116), Okoboji (123) and West Lyon (163).
Van Roekel said he was pleased with how the runners performed overall on a tough course.
"We did pretty well," he said. "We're pretty happy with how everyone is doing. It was a pretty tough course overall. It kind of strung out to where the fans didn't have the best opportunities to be around the course like they have at other places. Runners really sense that. They run faster when they're being cheered on. It was a little bit breezy in the northwest corner of the state, like it usually is. Our times were a little bit slower overall, but that didn't take away from the heart and the pride that they ran with. We're pretty happy overall with the night. We'll just take this and continue to build. This is the time of the year that you've been working all year for and we've got one more to go. Hopefully it's not our last. It's in the runners' hands at this point."