Kirby Shetler placed second to lead his team to a fourth place finish at the Waterworks Classic cross country meet Thursday in Fairfield. Austin Fariss of Pekin edged out Kirby by four seconds to win the race. Shetler’s time of 17:48 is his best on a full 5k cross country course. Four of his teammates also ran their fastest cross country races to date. Noah Bruns placed eighteenth in 20:20, a new personal record. Payton Miller placed thirty-sixth in 22:14. RidgeLee Gingerich competed with his teammates for the first time. He was in the race as a non-scoring runner placing thirty-seventh with a time of 22:43. Kobi Russom was two places behind finishing in 23:01, his new PR. Rex Yoder and Jim Wang seesawed back and forth throughout the race with Rex prevailing after a strong kick at the end. Their times of 23:34 and 23:55 are also new personal bests.
|Boys Individual results||Boys Team Scores|
|Kirby Shetler||2nd||17:48||Van Buren||41|
|Payton Miller||36th||22:14||Winfield-Mt. Union||52|
|RidgeLee Gingerich||37th||22:43||Iowa Mennonite||141|
The Iowa Mennonite girls cross country team also had a very good night in Fairfield Thursday. Renee Buckwalter was the first to finish covering the 4 kilometer course in 17:34 for tenth place. This is her second fastest time on a full length course this year. All four of her teammates finished in new personal record times for a 4k cross country course. Michaela Gingerich came in twenty-sixth in 20:08. Katya Doroshenko was thirty-eighth in 23:40. Nani Qimatshoeva was forty-first in 24:48 while Anna Rossokhina was forty-fourth in 28:09. “It was great to see nearly everyone perform at their best tonight and to see their joy in their accomplishments.” Gwynne Wright of Pekin won the race in 15:38 while her team took the top five places scoring a perfect 15 points. Iowa Mennonite was third of three teams in the team race.
The Iowa Mennonite girls and boys cross country teams will compete in the 1A state qualifier meet hosted by Pekin in Wildwood Park in Ottumwa next Thursday, October 24. The top three teams and ten individuals in each race qualify to advance to the state meet held in Fort Dodge November 2. Come to Ottumwa and show your support for your favorite runners! The girls race starts at 4:00 p.m. and the boys race at 4:40 p.m.
|Girls Individual results||Girls Team Scores|
|Michaela Gingerich||26th||20:08||Van Buren||97|
|Katya Doroshenko||38th||23:40||Iowa Mennonite||159|