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Frakes competes at State Cross Country Meet
October 31, 2018

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Top runners from across the state of Iowa gathered in Fort Dodge on Saturday, October 27, including South Tama junior Callie Frakes. Cross country athletes and fans were treated to a delightful day with colorful trees dotting the course and temps in the lower 60s with a light breeze.

Saturday's State Meet was a comeback of sorts for the junior who qualified her freshman year but sat out much of last year due to an injury.

"Coming back after being injured, I definitely wanted to get back and make it here again. That was my main goal all season," said Frakes, "For the most part (the injury) comes and goes. I start to feel it about three miles in. I don't think I feel the pain until about 10 minutes after I run. While I'm running I just have all this adrenaline."

Frakes came back strong for this year's State meet finishing 25 spots higher than in 2016. She finished 62nd on Saturday with a time of 20:49.4 cutting 16 seconds off her freshman performance.

"Today was good. It was really nice weather and a perfect course to compete on," said Frakes.

Frakes' proudest moment of the season was her performance at the State Qualifying District Meet in Pella. With a State Meet qualification on the line, she was no doubt nervous. However, she didn't let any nerves get to her as she finished 10th at Pella, punching her ticket to State.

"I was stressed out," said Frakes, "I was like, I've got to make it! So finishing where I did was a relief off my shoulders."

She still had nerves on Saturday but they were softened some because she had accomplished her goal.

Now that her junior year is in the books she's on to thinking about not only cross country next year but track season in the spring.

Frakes qualified for the Class 3A State Track and Field Meet in 1500 Meter Run last spring. She finished 23rd in that race with a time of 5:11.22.

"Next year I hope to get back to State in cross country and hopefully for track too," said Frakes.

She's not going to waste any time prepping for spring track season saying she will start now.

"We are going to try to maintain the shape I am in so when track season starts I can hit the hard workouts right away," said Frakes. "Mainly I will be going on long runs and medium paced aerobic runs. I hope to do something like that every day with maybe a little bit of lifting."

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