The Lynnville-Sully girls cross country team and senior Andy Sneller capped off their dream season with an outstanding race at the State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. Proud Lynnville-Sully supporters flocked to Fort Dodge to cheer on both the girls team and Sneller, who competed individually in the boys race. For the first time since 1999, the girls team ran against 123 of the best athletes in the state at the highest level of competition and Sneller made a return trip to the state meet.

The girls race toed the starting line at 1 p.m. and ran a fantastic race, tying for eighth place with Central Elkader. They lost the tie breaker, which gave them the official ninth-placae team finish in class 1A. Karli Roozeboom led the team with a 16th-place finish in 15:42, running a personal best time by 34 seconds. Alexa Vander Leest rebounded from a tough district race to finish 51st in 16:33 and Kelsi Vanden Hoek ran her best race ever, crossing the line in 16:53 for 61st place. Cassie Schwartz finished 72nd in 17:12, Carly Van Wyk 89th in 17:40, Maddison Jansen 112th in 18:43, and Monica Medellin 119th in 24.42.

Andy Sneller made his second trip to state, finishing his senior cross country season with a bang. As a junior, Sneller placed 48th with a time of 18:01. On Oct. 30, he smashed that record, improving to a 21st-place finish in 17:20. "Andy had the best race of his career, in the last race of his career," said Darin Arkema, Head Coach of Lynnville-Sully cross country. "I can't say enough about how intelligent of a race he ran. Andy leaves as one of only a small handful of boys in school history who ran at the state meet twice."

The girls cross country team's future looks bright as every member of the team, except foreigh exchange student Medellin, will return to carry on the strong running reputation they developed in 2010. A rebuilding year is in store for the boys team as they graduate six of their seven varsity runners. "This entire season was a success for our program because the kids took the opportunities they had and worked hard to do their best with those opportunities. The realm of possibility for next season is already being discussed since we don't graduate anyone from the girls team. We say goodbye to seven outstanding senior boys who have been the foundation of the team and provided remarkable leadership. Their attitudes, work ethic, humor, and abilities will be missed next season. What a great season for Lynnville-Sully cross country!" summed up Coach Arkema.