Goemann 14th, Grandgenett 79th at State
Sunny, temps in the 50s and windy.
Kent Viesselman, United South Central-Alden Conger cross country head coach, calls the conditions a “perfect day” for the State Meet held Nov. 6 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Hannah Goemann must have thought so, too.
“Last year I freaked out. This year I was more relaxed,” she says. “I didn’t have any expectations. I just wanted to improve.”
Goemann qualified for State when she took 10th at the Section 2A meet held in Blue Earth.
The Rebel sophomore definitely did better than last year’s time of 17:14.5 and 114th-place finish.
Goemann covered the 4,000-meter course in 15:22.8 to place 14th and earn All-State honors.
The Bucs’ Courtney Grandgenett also competed in the State Meet and placed 79th with a time of 16:22.7.
Viesselman isn’t too surprised with Goemann’s performance because she’s a hard worker and was determined to do better.
Viesselman says this year the running paths were widened and that may have benefitted Goemann.
His only advice to his standout runner — run a relaxed and reasonable first mile, then let your instincts take over.
That’s exactly what Goemann did.
After the first mile she was in 62nd place and 35th a half mile later with one mile left.
“I’m extremely proud of her. She’s very team oriented and has been a leader since eighth grade. She’s one of those kids who you root for,” Viesselman says.
Some of Goemann’s teammates showed their support, staying with her at the motel the night before and attending the meet.
“I didn’t get much of a chance to think or talk about the meet. My teammates being there was great and it really helped me,” she says.
Goemann has already set some goals for next year.
And, one of them shouldn’t come as a surprise: compete again at the State Meet, however, as a team which would mean with six other teammates.