Iowa Mennonite School hosted its annual Invitational cross country meet Monday on the golf course in Wellman. Runners representing eighteen schools participated in the meet. Iowa Mennonite placed tenth out of the twelve full teams in the boys varsity race. Individually, junior Levi Geyer placed eleventh finishing the five kilometer course in 18:16, his best time ever. Cameron Roser-Peet had his best time of the season finishing in 20:08 for fiftieth place. Seth Danga improved his time by nearly one minute placing sixtieth place in 20:47. Anthony Villatoro took forty seconds off his previous personal best time to place sixty-fourth in 20:55. Jacob Boller rounded out the scoring five for the team with sixty-sixth place finishing in 21:22, four seconds faster than his time on the course last year. Micah Miller took nearly two minutes off his time on the course last year. He placed seventy-fifth in 22:58. Gerardo Mendoza was one place back finishing in 23:04. Peyton Miller of Mid-Prairie won the individual title in 16:54 just one second ahead of his teammate, Zach Pettit. The Golden Hawks won the team title with a low score of 28.
|Boys Varsity Results||Mid-Prairie||28|
|Levi Geyer||11th||18:16||Clear Creek Amana||62|
|Gerardo Mendoza||76th||23:04||Danville/New London||210|
In the boys junior varsity, Juan Andino placed fifth in 20:09. This is nearly a full minute faster than his previous personal best time. Jake Woodward made his debut appearance for the team touring the course in 23:48. Jesse Slater also ran the junior varsity race finishing in 28:17. Jared Schlabaugh raced for the second time this season taking nearly two minutes off his previous best time
The Iowa Mennonite girls team placed ninth of the nine full teams at the meet. Four schools did not have enough runners to field a full team. Senior Calli Shaw led Iowa Mennonite placing twenty-eighth in her all-time best time of 23:02. Freshman Serena Gerber made a huge improvement taking nearly two minutes off her personal record time. She ran the 5,000 meters in 26:42 to place fifty-fifth. Mackenzie Gutierrez ran her fastest race of the season finishing in 26:51 two places behind Gerber. Rachel Geyer ran her fastest time of the season by nearly two and a half minutes. She placed sixty-fifth in 27:30. Greta Schrag took thirty seconds off her previous best dipping under the thirty minute mark for the first time. Ainsley Shaw was two places back in seventy-second place. Sisters Anna and Marie Hostetler of Mid-Priarie took the top two individual spots in the girls race with incredible times of 18:08 and 18:11. These are the two fastest times run by a girl on the course. Solon won the team title by three points over Mid-Prairie.
|Girls Varsity Results||Team Scores|
|Greta Schrag||70th||29:28||Danville – New London||147|
IMS would like to thank everyone involved in helping make this meet a positive experience for so many who are involved. The meet also featured junior high races with a total of 557 athletes competing in the two junior high and four high school races. The school would especially like to thank the Wellman golf course, the City of Wellman and Tom and Paula Buckwalter for allowing the meet to take place on their properties.
The Iowa Mennonite cross country teams have their next competition at the Southeast Iowa Super Conference meet hosted by West Burlington Notre Dame at the Rec Plex in Burlington this Thursday, October 6th.