Lamb wraps up stellar career at state meet
FORT DODGE — Jessica Lamb capped one of the most successful careers in the history of Fairfield girls’ cross country at Saturday’s state meet in Fort Dodge.
Running in a crowded 3A field that saw seven girls break the 15-minute mark and a total of 51 runners squeezing under 16 minutes, the Trojan senior finished in the top-third of all the chaos with a 38th-place finish in 15:46.
Waverly-Shell Rock’s Anna Holdiman took the individual 3A title with a 13:51 finish, and Decorah won the team title with a score of 63.
“I know Jess didn’t have the race that she was hoping for on Saturday, but that doesn’t take anything away from what she accomplished this year or the past four years,” said Fairfield head coach Jerrod Belzer.
Lamb, a two-time state qualifier, was the first Trojan — male or female — to run in Fort Dodge since earning a spot as a freshman in 2009. Prior to Lamb’s appearances, there hadn’t been an individual qualifier from the Fairfield girls’ team since 1995.
Her accolades over the four seasons include 12 meet victories, a Southeast Conference title as a sophomore, and all-SEC honors each of her four seasons. Lamb also went three-for-three as individual champion of the Van Buren Invite held in Keosauqua. Her senior season included a win at the Fairfield Invitational and a runner-up finish at the conference meet.
“She’s ran hard and given 100 percent in each and every race that she’s ever been in and has been one of the best cross country runners in southeast Iowa the last few years,” Belzer added. “She’s competed well against some of the best runners in the state and has a lot to be proud of. She will definitely be missed on our team, but I know that she’s going to be a great runner wherever she decides to go in college.”