Huskies’ senior has career day

Wilken runs best time ever to claim individual title at Union, girls take second in team race

Drew Wilken may still be smiling after he received his medal at La Porte City Golf Course a week ago this past Thursday.

Wilken, Nashua-Plainfield’s top boys cross country runner, came up with his first ever career victory at the Union Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Not only did Wilken cross the finish line before any other runner for the first time on the varsity level, he cracked 18:00 – which was also a career PR. Wilken, who ran a time of 17:54, bested second-place finisher Elijah Blix of Vinton-Shellsburg by over 35 seconds.

“Drew had a huge breakthrough. Every time he has run this season he has gotten better! Each race, his confidence is growing!” said N-P head coach Jenn Kalainoff.

Wilken has his sights set on the state meet held at Fort Dodge, which he has yet to qualify for. He came close his junior year, as he placed 16th at the district meet in 2020.

“It’s been so awesome to see him start believing in himself. He has some goals for the end of the season and he is doing all the things he needs to to accomplish them!” said Kalainoff.

Wilken placed 22nd at the Dick Pollitt Go-Hawk Classic in Waverly on Tuesday, Sept. 7 in a time of 18:13.

“The bigger race really helped Drew get out with a faster pace,” said Kalainoff.

— For more on this story, see the Sept. 16 Reporter

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