The Fremont High School girls’ cross country team finished strong at the Heartland Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship at Pioneer Park on Thursday.

The Tigers were led by Mara Hemmer who finished in the top-10 individually, earning the seventh place medal at the meet.

“Freshman Mara Hemmer continues to have a stellar year, she was right in the race with some state medalists from last year most of the race—and we know she is only going to get better the next two weeks,” Fremont coach Jake Smrcina said. “She has really found her rhythm and knows how to compete.”

Hemmer was followed closely by Karla Zavala who earned the tenth place medal.

“Senior Karla Zavala had a great day, giving us two in the top-10 overall,” Smrcina said. “She ran well in the rain and got out really well, and made a few moves that moved her into the top 10 towards the end.”

Myia Johnson finished just out of medal contention at the invite, finishing in 17th place overall. She was followed by teammates Emily Nau and Madison Ustohal who finished in 23rd and 24th place respectively.

“Madi Ustohal looked strong, and worked well with freshman Emily Nau to give us all five scorers in the top 25,” Smrcina said. “Emily continues to get better and compete week after week and has really stepped up for the team”

Fremont’s Aubrey Rathke, who recently returned from injury, finished in 32nd place overall in the race.

“It has been great to have Aubrey Rathke back too, this was her second race back from injury and she ran tough and competed really well,” Smrcina said.

The Tigers finished in third place in the team competition, following Lincoln East and Lincoln Southwest who came in first and second respectively.

“After getting 8th two years ago and 4th last year, 3rd place as a team today was another great sign of improvement and things to come,” Smrcina said. “It was a pretty hectic day with the weather, but the girls handled the adversity really well and ran intelligent races.”


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