Jaylene Karolus competed in the Iowa High School State Cross Country meet this past Saturday, Oct. 27 at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge. The freshman was one of 137 other runners from around the state competing in the Class 3A race towards the middle of the day. As an individual qualifier, Karolus finished 70th in 21:05.9.

In first place overall was the team from Dubuque Wahlert with a total of 56 points and three runners finishing in the top ten. Second place went to DCG as they racked up 85 points and two runners in the top ten. Although the class 3A race had the very middle slot in the entire competition, weather conditions were favorable as runners saw a temperature of around 50 degrees and very little wind.

Leading up to the big competition, Head Coach Ryan Marzen took to social media to share snippets of Karolus’ training process. As Marzen stated in a previous interview, there was not much skill to be gained in the short amount of time between Karolus’ last race and this one, but the coach wanted her to work on the fundamentals and mentality needed for a race of this scale.

As a dual-sport athlete, Karolus also competed in a regional swim meet later that day with the rest of the Perry Swim Team. With support from her both her teammates on the cross country team and the swim team, there was plenty of words of encouragement to go around. Jayette Basketball even took to Twitter at the conclusion of the day to say it is just the beginning for Jayette Cross Country.