Hess is 24th at state; earns all-state honors

This article submitted by Erin Aagesen on 11/10/98.

Jen Hess placed 24th in the Class A girls race at the state meet last Saturday. She was one of the top 25 girls that were named All-State. It took her 15:36.9, one second off her personal best, to run the 4,000-meter course at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

The weather was cool, but calm. The course consisted of mostly flat lands for the first two miles, with a gradual incline in the final half mile. ďI felt really good until the two-mile mark,Ē said Hess, ďafter that I started to tire.Ē Despite this, Hess kept up the position she established early in the race and finished strong.

Before the race, Hess commented she was more excited than nervous, though the race was stopped after some girls were trampled at the starting line. The runners then had to wait an additional five minutes for the race to start again.

Coach Darrel Carstens helped set some goals for Hess before the race. These were to achieve all-state, and to run with area runners in order to set her pace. She achieved both of these goals.

The state meet experience was not all seriousness, however. Hess, along with coaches Carstens and Houske, four captains, and one manager drove to Northfield Friday afternoon. Hess jogged the course and stretched to prepare for the following dayís race. The evening consisted of swimming, relaxing, and Tiff Rausch winning a hat for the amount of pasta she consumed.

ďI am so happy for Jen,Ē said Rausch, a team captain. ďShe has been so dedicated this whole season.Ē

Camille Flanders, also a captain, agreed. ďShe is a very motivated person with a lot of ability to back that up. She completely deserves all the success that has come to her.Ē

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