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Hinman back to state

Boys fifth at state qualifier
Junior Noelan Garbes and sophomore Nate Ferguson match strides in the first lap of their two turns around the course at the regional qualifier last week in Solon. Garbes finished in 18:24, taking 34th in the individual finish, Solon’s fourth runner. Ferguson was a place back, going18:25 by the finish. (photos by Joe Wilkinson)

SOLON– For Solon sophomore Gabe Hinman, it’ll be another afternoon on the links. But not for golf. He joins more than 100 other runners… and a couple thousand screaming, mobile fans at Kennedy Park Golf Course Saturday, Nov. 2, for the 2019 Iowa State High School Cross Country Meet.
Finishing 11th at Solon’s Oct. 24 Class 3A qualifying meet, Hinman will be in a starting box, 12:30 p.m., in Fort Dodge. He will be one of a couple dozen individual runners, in the 3A race. He also qualified a year ago, as a freshman, finishing 46th.
“Gabe had a great race. He went out knowing he had to be in the top 15. He made it a little easier on us all, finishing 11th. We are excited for him to be running at state,” said head coach Emy Williams. “We would love to have as many people make the trip to Fort Dodge as possible.”
Solon’s boys finished fifth of 11 full teams at the qualifier, held at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
It was a two-team race. Top ranked (3A) Clear Creek-Amana, with four of the top seven finishers, plus a fifth in 20th place (and a 26-point total), beat No. 7 Center Point-Urbana (whose top runners went two-three-four-12 and 23 to score 44) for the championship. Those two schools, plus third-place Grinnell (90), will be on the 3A starting line.
Mount Vernon-Lisbon, ranked 13th, was fourth (97), with Solon fifth (135). From there, Davenport Assumption (148), Washington (190), Fort Madison (192), Mount Pleasant (219), Central DeWitt (261) and West Burlington-Notre Dame (332) filled out the pack.
“I couldn't be more proud of our boys and the way they ran Thursday. They went out and ran the best race all seven of them had put together all year. They will all be back next year,” reviewed Williams. “The future looks bright for the boy's team next year. (That said), we had four senior boys and five senior girls this season. They brought a lot of life and leadership to the team. They will be greatly missed next year.”