Denman, Renning running into state meet

Keera Ball, Sports Editor

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“I can finally eat Pop-Tarts again because qualifying is over,” junior Jack Renning said.

Junior Hannah Denman and Renning individually qualified for the state cross country meet during the district race on Thursday, October 18 at Hart Ridge Golf Course in Manchester. Denman finished fourteenth overall, with a time of 20:48. Renning posted a

Juniors Hannah Denman and Jack Renning hold up their state qualifying cross country ticket on Thursday, October 18. Photo Submitted.

time of 17:15, placing fifth overall.

Denman nor Renning qualified as an individual last year.

“It felt great to finish and know I was going to get the chance to run at state,” Renning said. “It felt good to have a culmination of all the summer miles pay off. Most of the race I knew I was going to state, but you never know for sure until the very end.”

Preparation for Denman started last year.

“Preparing for this moment started the night after last year’s qualifying meet when I decided I was going to qualify,” Denman said. “The way it feels to qualify is indescribable. I still can’t get the picture out of my head.”

After the meet, they both decided to celebrate by eating at Culver’s.

“I would not normally eat fast food, but I celebrated with a Pretzel Haus Pub Burger, fries, and a soda,” Renning said.

Denman has not eaten unhealthy for six months.

“I decided to treat myself to the Salted Cashew Peanut Butter Custard and fries,” Denman said. “I can’t remember the last time I have ate fast food, so I savored every bite of it. It was a well earned meal.”

According to Denman, it was harder to qualify than it will be to run at state.

“Going into state this year I have no particular goals other than to get a feel for what kind of competition there is at the state level,” Denman said. “I am going to leave everything out on the course and finish the season strong.”

Denman and Renning will compete at the state meet on Saturday, October 27 at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge.

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