The Lady Dutch earned their second team championship of the season at the Norwalk Invitational Monday evening. Their five scoring athletes finished with a total of 77 points, one point ahead of Marshalltown.

Madison Davis led the way for the Dutch with a 3rd place finish. Jill Lageshulte of Marshalltown won the race, and Jamie Elbert of Indianola finished second. Both Jill and Jamie are highly regarded runners at the 4A level, currently ranked 8th and 9th respectively.

Michelle Renaud finished second for the Dutch for the third consecutive meet in 10th place. Heidi Schulte, Hannah Schwab, and Morgan Hiemstra finished 19th, 21st and 24th to complete Pella’s team score.

Coach Cutler expressed after the race how proud he was of the team. “These ladies are showing great determination right now. Gracie Eggland is battling injury and Kayli Hrdlicka has been sick. We miss our senior captains tremendously, and someone else has had to step up to the challenge of helping our team succeed without those two key leaders. Morgan did a fantastic job today staying with Heidi and Hannah. Renee, Sophie, and Amanda also had fantastic races in the JV race.”

In the JV race Pella’s finishers composed the top four spots, and five of the top six. Renee VanRoekel won her second consecutive JV race. Sophie Metcalf finished in second. Amanda Dunkin was third, Shanice Robinson was fourth and Kate Williamson was sixth. Team scores were not offically kept, but this would total 16 points, a near perfect score.

“Now we focus 100% on Conference,” says Coach Cutler. “We train all season to run our best possible race at Conference. Every girl on the team should hope to run their fastest race of the year this next Tuesday at Knoxville.”

Complete Individual Results


Maddy Davis 16:29 3rd

Michelle Renaud 17:10 10th

Heidi Schulte 17:51 19th

Hannah Schwab 17:52 21st

Morgan Hiemstra 18:01 24th

Gracie Eggland 19:21 43rd

Junior Varsity

Renee VanRoekel 18:10 1st

Sophie Metcalf 18:21 2nd

Amanda Dunkin 18:22 3rd

Shanice Robinson 18:34 4th

Kate Williamson 19:19 6th

Chloe Mathonet-VanderWell 19:47 10th

Alex Kleis 20:06 17th

Lauren Barrick 20:07 18th

Nicole Ellingson 20:24 20th

Ally Huffman 20:26 21st

Ashley Swanson 20:40 23rd

Anna Mansueto 21:38 32nd

Alexa VandeLune 22:39 39th