The Iowa Mennonite boys cross country team placed seventh in the eleven team field at the thirtieth annual English Valleys Cross Country Invitational Tuesday at Knoll Ridge golf course in North English. The team saw some huge improvements from Cameron Roser-Peet and Seth Danga. Cameron moved into the number two position for the team while Seth moved into a scoring role for the first time. Levi Geyer led the team with a sixth place finish in 18:28. Roser-Peet was thirty-seventh in 20:38. Jacob Boller and Anthony Villatoro placed fifty-first and fifty-second in 21:39 and 21:47 respectively. Danga rounded out the scoring placing sixtieth in 22:55. Micah Miller took over three minutes off his time at this meet last year to place sixty-sixth in 23:22. Gerardo Mendoza placed seventy-sixth in 25:11. Juan Andino had a breakthrough race placing sixth in the JV race with a time of 21:06. Jesse Slater also ran well finishing in 26:32. Roman Slabach finished thirty seconds later to place fortieth. Noah Brown of Wilton won the individual title in 18:08 while Tipton won the team trophy with 48 points.
|Boys Varsity||Team Scores|
|Micah Miller||66th||23:22||Iowa Mennonite||187|
|Boys JV||English Valleys||216|
|Juan Andino||6th||21:06||Louisa Muscatine||240|
The Iowa Mennonite girls team placed seventh in the nine team field at the English Valleys Invitational. Senior Calli Shaw lead the way running negative splits moving from towards the back of the field to end up in the top fifteen. Her time of 24:03 earned a thirteenth place medal. Mackenzie Gutierrez placed thirty-eighth in 26:58. Freshman Sarena Gerber saw great improvement at the meet also running the last mile faster than the previous two. Her time of 28:40 gave her fiftieth place. Rachel Geyer was next for the team placing fifty-ninth in 29:53. Greta Schrag had her best race of the season finishing in 30:08 for sixtieth place. Geyer and Schrag both finished with a quick final mile. Ainsley Shaw also ran faster than her previous races finishing in 40:37 for seventy-first place. Tipton won the team title with 34 points while Kaylee Ford of Wilton was the individual winner in 20:49.
|Girls Varsity||Team Scores|
|Mackenzie Gutierrez||38th||26:58||North Mahaska||112|
|Sarena Gerber||50th||28:40||English Valleys||116|
|Ainsley Shaw||71st||40:37||Iowa Mennonite||166|
The cross country teams compete next at the Center Point – Urbana Stormin’ Pointer Invitational Tuesday September 20.