West Fork boys cross country team returns to state after five-year hiatus

The West Fork state qualifying boys' cross country team with coach Mark Twedt, far left, hold up their banner after earning a runner-up finish at Marshalltown on Thursday, Oct. 24. Also pictured are Josh Reiter, Ren Heimer, Noah Maske, Jakob Washington, Cail Weaver, Colin Martinek, girls' state qualifier, Kacie Eisentrager and manager Emily Rooney. (Jake Ryder/Mid-America Publishing)

MARSHALLTOWN – It has been a minute.

West Fork’s boys’ cross country team ended its five-year state team drought with a runner-up finish at the state-qualifier in Marshalltown on Thursday, Oct. 24 in order to head to Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The Warhawks had two top-15 finishes from Josh Reiter (eighth) and Jakob Washington (11) to help lead coach Mark Twedt’s team to state for the first time since 2014 when they finished state runners-up.

“It went as I expected,” Twedt said of his team’s performance, “but we need to be tighter (as a pack) at state..."

The full story appears in the Oct. 31 print editions of the Sheffield Press and Pioneer Enterprise.