Senior Kirby Shetler placed ninth at the state qualifier meet in Solon Thursday night qualifying for the state meet in Fort Dodge Saturday November 1. The top ten individuals and top three teams qualify to move on to the state meet. Iowa Mennonite placed eighth out of fifteen full teams. There were twenty-six schools represented in the boy’s race. Shetler completed the 5 kilometer course in 17:44. Shetler also placed ninth at last year’s state qualifier meet. He placed thirty-seventh at last year’s state meet. Freshman Levi Geyer ran his best race of the season placing twenty-third in 18:28. Senior Kobi Russom was the team’s third runner for the first time ever placing fifty-sixth in 20:01. “Kobi has been a big part of the team for the past four years. He has shown huge improvement during his time on the team. The team will not be the same without him.” Noah Bruns placed seventy-third in 20:32. Jim Wang was ninety-fifth in 21:34. “This group of five young men has worked hard during this season. They had fun while doing it but they also worked hard when needed. Iowa Mennonite was the highest placing team at this qualifier meet among the teams that only had five runners.” Andrew Meyer of Bellevue won the race in 16:29. Bellevue, Marquette Catholic and Central Community took the top three teams positions and advance to the state meet.
|Boys Individual Results||Team Scores|
|Levi Geyer||23rd||18:28||Marquette Catholic||110|
|Kobi Russom||56th||20:01||Central Community||114|
Seniors Riley Schmieder and Renee Buckwalter placed sixth and eighth respectively at the state qualifier meet Thursday in Solon to qualify for the state meet in Fort Dodge Saturday November 1. Both Schmieder and Buckwalter had their best races of the season to pull off the feat. The only runners finishing ahead of the unranked pair are currently ranked in the top 30 in 1A. “It had been a great season for both Riley and Renee. They are both still improving. It’s great to have another week to see what can happen.” Liza Zanozina of Russia also represented IowaMennonite School at the meet placing one hundred tenth in 23:41. Annika Daenzer hails from Germany and came in one hundred sixteenth in 25:52 in her final race of her first cross country season in the United States. Jasmine Staebler of Clayton Ridge won the race in 15:35. Central Community, North Linn and Durant were the top three teams and will represent the Solon Qualifier site at the state meet November 1.
|Girls Individual Results||Team Scores|
|Riley Schmieder||6th||16:02||Central Community||50|
|Renee Buckwalter||8th||16:15||North Linn||72|
|Annika Daenzer||116th||25:52||Clayton Ridge||143|
Renee, Riley and Kirby will be competing at the state meet next Saturday November 1. The meet will be held at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course north of Fort Dodge and begins at 11:00 am. Renee and Riley will compete in the girls 1A race at 2:00 pm. Kirby will compete in the boys 1A race at 2:30 pm. These seniors have worked hard to get to this point and would appreciate your support. Come next Saturday to cheer them on.