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Hinman in top tier at 3a state cross country

Solon sophomore finishes 35th at Ft. Dodge
Solon’s Gabe Hinman looks for an opening, early in the Class 3A boys state championship race Nov. 2 in Fort Dodge. Hinman finished 36th overall in 17:00.

FORT DODGE– Turning on the jets with less than a half-mile to go, Solon sophomore Gabe Hinman threaded his way through the pack. He picked up some valuable real estate at the Kennedy Park Golf (and cross country) course, Saturday, finishing 35th at the Class 3A state cross country meet.
“Gabe had a great meet,” applauded head coach Emy Williams. “He ran most of the race in 43rd place. In the last 400 meters he caught a lot of runners and ended up 35th. His experience from the year before (when he finished 46th as a freshman) helped, too.
Hinman was running as an individual qualifier. Solon’s boys’ team finished fifth at regionals, not advancing as a team. “Early on, it was a lot of struggling,” admitted Hinman. “I’ve never really run with that many guys in a small little bracket. We were all pretty evenly matched. It was just a matter of will. You know if you’re smart, you just want to keep with them at your own pace.”
Hinman’s time– 17 minutes flat– was only 10 seconds out of a top-25 finish, among the 130 3A runners on the course. Nate Mueller, a junior from ADM High School of Adel, was the top runner, touring the 5-kilometer course in 15:45. Humboldt’s Quinton Orr was runner-up (15:52), with Center Point Urbana’s Eli Larson third in 16:09.
About 100 meters from the downhill turn to the finish chute, Hinman made his move. “Some familiar faces started going by me. So I figured I should pick it up. I passed quite a few guys– six, maybe seven.”
Is there more to come? “I had a good year this year,” reviewed Hinman. “I’m going to make it to state again next year. Get faster.”
With the meet behind them, 2020 can’t come soon enough for his coach. “I am excited for next year. We keep all of the varsity runners from the boys’ side… and most of our varsity team on the girls’ side,” said Williams. “The future looks bright for the cross country program.”

Other area results
Dallas Center-Grimes won the Class 3A team trophy… but it could not have been any tighter. Clear Creek Amana (CCA) nearly overtook DC-G as its four and five runners (the final runners to figure in scoring) crossed and were tallied. Still, CCA came up a point short (109-110). For Clear Creek-Amana, senior Nick O'Connor was ninth (16:29). Junior Brandon Barker was 11th and a second behind. At 16:40, senior Jack Sexton was 16th. Sophomore Gavin Zillyette was 29th (17:00) with junior Caleb Alcorn 45th (17:15).
Center Point-Urbana (127), Dubuque Wahlert (156) and Marion (174) filled out the top five 3A schools.
In Class 4A, Dowling Catholic of West Des Moines, won the boys title, with 87 points. Liberty-Iowa City, was 10th (254 points), with junior Jack Kinzer coming across 36th in 16:35. Teammate Peter Woodward was 43rd with Caleb Schillinger 45th, (each in 16:39). Christian Montover was 53rd (16:44). Bowen Gryp was 77th, (17:08) in the 124-runner 4A field.