By Kristi Nixon
FORT DODGE — Osage junior Katelyn Johnston had nothing left when she crossed the finish line for third in the girls’ Class 2A state cross country meet.
Osage’s Katelyn Johnston, third from right, is recognized during the medal ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 30. EJ Photo/Kristi Nixon
Coming into the meet ranked second, Johnston had an all-out sprint to the finish against Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Madison Brouwer to cross in 18 minutes, 51.04 seconds.
Danielle Hostetler of Mid-Prairie defended her 2A title in 18:27.23. Johnston was only two seconds behind Brouwer, earning a top-10 Class 2A all-time finish.
“I think just knowing I could do it,” Johnston said of consistently finishing under 19 minutes, “and when I did it once, I wanted to keep doing it.”
Coach Katie Mostek was happy for Johnston’s effort.
“We were hoping for top-five,” Mostek said. “There are some really great runners here…”
The complete story will be updated in the Nov. 6 print edition of the Enterprise Journal.