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Center Point-Urbana's Adrianna Katcher balances soccer with quest for state track gold

Katcher helps 1A No. 2 CPU girls' soccer defeat No. 13 Dyersville Beckman two days before competing at state track

Center Point-Urbana's Adrianna Katcher, a cross country state champion, will compete in three events at the girls' track and field state championships this weekend. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette
Center Point-Urbana's Adrianna Katcher, a cross country state champion, will compete in three events at the girls' track and field state championships this weekend. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette

CENTER POINT — What a way to start a big week for Adrianna Katcher.

Two days before competing in the first of three events at the girls’ track and field state championships in Des Moines, the Center Point-Urbana sophomore helped the Class 1A second-ranked Stormin’ Pointers girls’ soccer team defeat No. 13 Dyersville Beckman in overtime, 1-0, in a Wamac game Tuesday at Fross Park.

“I definitely think conditioning through soccer helps a lot with track, too,” Katcher said. “I do my workouts when I’m available, but I also know my body and I can’t push it over the top.”

Katcher is a distinguished distance runner. In October, she won the Class 3A girls’ cross country state championship and was the runner-up in both the 3,000-meter run and the 1,500 at the 2017 state track meet.

This year, she is the No. 2 seed in both. She’ll run the 3,000 on Thursday, the 1,500 on Saturday and anchor Friday’s distance-medley relay for ninth-seeded CPU.

“Really excited,” Katcher said. “Just a lot of effort, being competitive and giving it my all.”

Katcher tormented the Dyersville Beckman defense with several sideline drives that resulted in shots on goal. She leads the CPU girls’ soccer team with nine assists and is second with 13 goals.

As a freshman last season, she scored a team-high 18 goals for a CPU team that finished as state runners-up in Class 1A.

“She’s just an asset to the entire school,” CPU Co-Coach Todd Mitchell said. “She’s a class act. She’s not big-headed. She comes out and does her job. … We’ll all be rooting for her (at state track).”

Just over three minutes into overtime, junior Blasi Whitehead ended the scoreless stalemate with the game-winning goal, her sixth score this season for CPU (13-2, 11-0 Wamac).

“I was just trying to get into open space because going through the outside isn’t really the best angle for a goal and just getting a shot,” Whitehead said. “If it goes in, it goes in. If not, I have teammates there to get the shot in.”

The game was a matchup of Wamac division champions. CPU is West Division champion for the third year in a row, while Beckman (10-2, 10-1) claimed its first East Division title in school history earlier this month.

CPU — minus Katcher — hosts 2A No. 2 Waverly-Shell Rock on Thursday, while Beckman visits 1A No. 6 Waterloo Columbus.

AT CENTER POINT

Class 1A No. 2 Center Point-Urbana 1, No. 13 Dyersville Beckman 0 (OT)

Goal — Blasi Whitehead 1 (6).

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