Usher leads strong Chickasaw showing at state cross country
About halfway through the race at Saturday’s Class 2A state cross country meet, New Hampton senior Dylan Usher made the decision.
He was going to enjoy the last mile and a half of his high school career.
“I felt like I was so far back, maybe in the 50s or something like that,” he said, “and it’s like I just said to myself that this is it, I’m going to run, I’m going to have fun and I’m going to enjoy it.”
There was a lot to enjoy for New Hampton on Saturday as the Chickasaws may not have recorded any career-best times but all three New Hampton athletes placed higher than their seeds as they showed off some mid-race brilliance.
When it was over, Usher had a 20th-place finish, Peyton Anderson was in the top half of the boys field with a 65th-place finish and Nosbisch, the quiet, shy freshman, claimed a 35th-place finish in the girls race.
“I can’t be prouder of these three,” New Hampton coach Jamie Ohrt said. “Natalie handled the big stage, and so did PJ. And Dylan … well, Dylan was just Dylan. He’s gone through so much the last couple of years and he finished on such a high note.”
Let’s start with Nosbisch.
After a mile, the Chickasaw freshman was mired in 71st place in a large pack, and then made a dramatic move over the second mile at Fort Dodge’s Lakeside Municipal Course. By the time the runners reached the mile two mark, she had moved up to 39th place. She kept a strong pace to finish with a time of 20:38.66.
The girl of very few words said she wasn’t nervous heading into her first state meet, and her reaction after finishing in the top 26.5 percent of the biggest meet of the year?
— For more on the state cross country meet, see the Nov. 2 Tribune and Nov. 4 Reporter