Junior Levi Geyer won the Lake Darling cross country meet Thursday afternoon. His time of 17:11 on the 4.72 kilometer course was his fastest pace yet. Four schools (IMS, Twin Cedars, Van Buren and host Pekin) competed in the meet. Pekin, ranked second in 1A, held out their varsity for the meet. Iowa Mennonite placed second behind Van Buren. “Our second through sixth runners finished close together tonight with all five either running their best efforts or close to it. It is great to see how this team has developed throughout the season. They have nurtured a positive environment which encourages each runner to do their best.” Cameron Roser-Peet ran a great race finishing second for the team in 19:03 for eleventh place. Seth Danga showed some nice improvement moving up to the third spot and fourteenth overall. Anthony Villatoro, Juan Andino and Jacob Boller all finished within two seconds of each other and in the top twenty. Anthony had the biggest improvement in this group. This was Juan’s first taste of varsity competition. Micah Miller placed twenty-fifth while Jesse Slater was thirtieth. Jared Schlabaugh ran his third meet of the season showing the biggest improvement on the team. “Jared has successfully managed a very challenging injury that has persisted much of the season. Jared’s season has really had its ups and downs. He never gave up. It is great to see him end his season on such a positive note!”
|Boys Individual results|
|Levi Geyer||1st||17:11||Team Scores|
|Cameron Roser-Peet||11th||19:03||Van Buren||20|
Senior Calli Shaw ran a great race Thursday in rural Brighton on the banks of Lake Darling finishing second behind Morgan Croft of Van Buren. Van Buren also won the team title. Shaw, who has run well all year, continues to improve as the season is nearing its end. This is the highest she has placed in her high school cross country career. In fact five of the six Iowa Mennonite team members ran their fastest pace of the season. Mackenzie Gutierrez ran second for the team finishing in sixteenth place in 24:47. Rachel Geyer was third for the team showing a sizeable improvement over her previous season best effort. She was nineteenth in 25:16. Sarena Gerber was just one second behind Geyer in twentieth place. Greta Schrag definitely showed the biggest improvement on the team. She finished in twenty-third place with a time of 26:23. Ainsley Shaw also ran her best race of the season. “This group has done well throughout the year. Each member of this team has worked hard to get to this point. Their diligence is paying off as every runner on the team is running at their best.”
|Girls Individual Results||Team Scores|
|Calli Shaw||2nd||21:41||Van Buren||22|
The Iowa Mennonite girls and boys cross country teams will compete in the 1A state qualifier meet hosted by Cedar Rapids Kennedy in Noelridge Park Thursday October 20. The top three teams and fifteen individuals in each race qualify to advance to the state meet held in Fort Dodge Saturday October 29. Come to Noelridge Park and show your support for your favorite runners. The girls race starts at 3:00 p.m. and the boys race at 3:30 p.m.