FORT DODGE – Sidney senior Noah Jorgenson completed his final cross country season with a second place finish in the Class 1A race at the state meet, Saturday, Nov. 2.
Jorgenson finished in 16 minutes, 25 seconds, 14 seconds behind Nodaway Valley’s Joshua Baudler. The time was his career best and his finish was the best in school history at least through coach Steve Meyer’s time at Sidney, which spans about 40 years.
“It’s fantastic,” Jorgenson said about a runner-up finish. “Coming into the season, I wanted to get up and compete at the state meet and I did just that and competed well at the end.”
“Things went perfectly for Noah,” Meyer added. “There were some unknowns going in to the 1A championship run, but all the experience and hard work paid off.”
Jorgenson was three seconds ahead of the third-place finisher and eight seconds better than fourth. He was unable to stay with Baudler, who took off at about the two-mile mark and pulled away. Baudler also beat Jorgenson at the state qualifying and Mount Ayr meets, the only other races Jorgenson didn’t win this season.
Jorgenson started quickly and stayed in the lead pack the entire race.
“I wanted to stay in the top 10 for sure,” said Jorgenson, “top five to be comfortable, and then have enough for a good kick at the end to grab some spots and I was able to do that.”
Meyer added the key was Jorgenson’s strong start.
“(Jorgenson) settled in near the front for the first mile,” said Meyer, “which was fairly quick. The course is really flat and quick so you never know when the front runners will begin to separate.”
Meyer said Jorgenson was in fourth with about 800 meters to go, but was able to pick off two more runners and run away from them in the final stretch.
“The plan was to really push the last 800 meters,” said Meyer. “I guess you could say it worked to perfection as he went to second before the final turn and ran very well to the finish.”
Jorgenson said the hard work prior to the season was a big reason for his strong finish.
“I started running Jan. 19 of this year,” said Jorgenson. “I took two weeks off after track, but that’s a lot of running. I put in a bunch of miles in the summer. I think this is a summer sport played out in the fall, so do a lot of the work in the summer that’s going to make you and I did just that.”
Jorgenson had a huge support group cheering him on, which included many of his teammates and family members.
“Many family members came out in support,” said Meyer, “as well as friends making the long trip to Fort Dodge to see him compete. Thanks to the great support group.”
Jorgenson finished his incredible cross country career with three state appearances and two state medals, an 11th place run last year and this season’s runner-up medal. He won eight races this season and took second three times, all to Baudler.
Jorgenson was one of three seniors of the five Cowboys that ran at the state qualifying meet.