Guthrie Center Times' top sports stories of 2016
Each year features its share of triumphs and defeats on the local sports scene, and 2016 was no different.
The victories came on both individual and team levels, most notably by one high school freshman winning a state championship.
There were a few stories worthy to make the list of top local sports stories, and here are a few that stood above the rest.
Crawford runs to first state cross country title
Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center freshman Kate Crawford ran to eight individual cross country titles, including the West Central Conference championship and the Class 1-A state title this year.
Not only did she end her first year in the sport winning her individual state class of 143 runners, she did it with a time of 19:38. She had only dipped her time below the 20 minute mark one other time during the course of the season, making her state performance the second best of her career.
With each week that went by, Crawford plugged away at improving both her overall performance and her personal best time, with the goal of running the 3.1 miles in under 20 minutes.
At the state cross country meet at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Crawford got out early with the lead pack and pulled away towards the end of the race to win her first state title.
Crawford was joined in the top 10 by teammate Emma Swanson, who finished eighth overall in 20:16. Both earn all-state recognition.
The Charger girls finished 11th as a team. Freshman Keely Vasey finished 68th, sophomore Lauryn Embleton 84th, freshman Reagan Rumelhart 88th, sophomore Malena Rumelhart 92nd, and freshman Jackie Trujillo-Garcia 98th.
Fuller, Tigers have impressive showing at state
The Guthrie Center girls track and field team continued its impressive showing at the co-ed state championships, placing five events in the top 6 and scoring 31 team points to finish seventh overall in Class 1-A in May.
Competing in seven events on the track, the Tigers recorded their fastest times of the season.
Freshman Savana Fuller ran to a state runner-up in the 200 meters in 26.07. She had qualified second with a 26.50 preliminary run.
Fuller anchored the Tiger’s 4x200 relay team of Rachel Rumelhart, Jennifer Fuentes and Mady Smith to a runner-up finish in 1:46.79.
The same foursome broke a 21-year-old school record with a third place finish in the sprint medley relay. Smith, Rumelhart, Fuentes and Fuller ran 1:52.10 to top the school’s previous standard of 1:53.65 run in 1995 by Julie Vandevanter, Katie Lewis, Sunny Gonzales and Jessica Lewis during a meet in Fort Dodge.
Guthrie Center also finished third in the 4x100 with Fuentes, Rumelhart, Smith and Fuller clocking a 51.27. They had qualified for the finals fourth in 51.45.
Rumelhart finished sixth in the girls 100 hurdles in 16.46. She qualified for the finals in fourth, running 15.89. Smith finished 13th in the 100 hurdles in a time of 16.71.
Fuentes, a senior, ran 12th for the Tigers in the 400, running 61.44 in the one-circle sprint.
Sophomore Emma Swanson, in her first trip to the state track meet, ran 12th in the 3000 meter run for the Tigers with a time of 11:42.94.
Freshman Madison McDermott proved consistent in both the shot put and discus in her first trip to the blue oval at Drake Stadium. McDermott finished 18th in both the shot put (33-06.50) and the discus (98-08).
On the boys’ side for Guthrie Center, the Tigers 4x800 relay team of Logan Scheuermann, TJ Wickland, Landon Foster and Sam Courtney ran a new personal record time of 8:39.66 and finished 17th in Class 1-A.
Courtney finished 12th in the boys 1600 in 4:43.10 and
Scheuermann ran 21st in the boys 800 with a time of 2:06.44.
Chargers boys take third at state cross country meet
The Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center boys cross country team put the finishing touches on a superb season by placing third out of 15 teams at the Class 1-A state championship meet on Saturday at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge.
AC/GC had five runners place among the top 30 finishers and finished the 3.1 mile race with 105 points.
AC/GC senior Landon Foster brought home an individual all-state medal with a 15th place finish and helped the Chargers to the third place team trophy
Behind Foster were Noah Nelsen in 20th, Logan Scheuermann 22nd, Cale Billheimer 23rd, Clay Billheimer 29th, Garrett Young 61st, and Quenton Spack 64th.
The Chargers got out to a quick start and were all able to settle into the race.
The Charger boys won five team titles this season, including the West Central Conference championship at the title at the 1-A state qualifying meet run in Panora.
Scheuermann places sixth at state wrestling
Of the three Guthrie Center high school athletes that qualified for the 2016 state wrestling tournament, one made it through the third day of competition and was recognized on Saturday night during the state finals for securing a spot on the top-eight podium.
Junior Logan Scheuerman was the lone place-winner for the Tigers, earning a sixth place medal in his first trip to the state mat at 138 pounds.
It was not an easy road for Scheuermann who lost his first match hindered by some situational instances and some points due to blood. He came out of the back side of the bracket and won some major battles, beating the fourth and fifth ranked kids, enroute to his sixth place medal.
Cade Suhr lost both matches on the state mat at 220 pounds in his junior campaign. Freshman Blaine Beeler wrestled on the state mat at 106 pounds, going 1-2 in his first trip to Wells Fargo Arena.