Ottawa had an off day as a team and finished ninth with 198 points.
“One bad race does not ruin an entire season,” Ottawa coach Chris Kornhaus said. “I know the guys went out and tried.
“It is a different sport. Everybody has to be on on the same day. Once the gun goes off, there is no substitution or timeouts. That is why the pressure is on. That is why everybody has to hit on all cylinders.”
Senior Aaron Miller, competing at state for the first time, said the race was much different than the rest.
“I was surprised at how fast the race finished,” he said. “The team got [split] apart a little bit.”
Junior Sam White, who improved from 65th last year to 26th to lead the Cyclones, said there was not much jostling room.
“Too many guys at one area at one time,” he said. “You are all trying to kick it in at one time.”
“I think sometimes we relax a little bit once we qualify instead of going into the state meet with same hunger as we did in the previous two weeks,” Kornhaus said. “We had some nerves today. Our expectations were higher.”
Senior Gabe Skoog finished 36th and Josh Christian was 50th.
All involved said this team had a strong season.
“We had PR’s every week and we had our best finishes ever in a number of meets,” Kornhaus said. “It was disappointing to be sure [at state], but thinking about the body of work they did over the season, they performed well. We will have to learn from this.”
26, Sam White, 17:55; 36, Gabe Skoog, 18:11; 50, Josh Christian, 18:24; 65, Daniel White, 18:41; 88, Brandon Yates, 19:24; 90, Aaron Miller, 19:34; 93, Drew Birzer, 19:49.