IMS hosts Invitational cross country meet

Iowa Mennonite School hosted its annual Invitational Cross Country meet Monday on the golf course in Wellman. Runners representing fifteen schools participated in the high school division of the meet. Iowa Mennonite placed tenth out of the eleven full teams. Individually, Senior Levi Geyer placed fifteenth finishing the five kilometer course in 18:26. Jacob Boller was the second finisher for the team finishing in 20:41 for fifty-first place.  Gedeon Sangare continues to move up in team standings. He was third for the team placing sixty-sixth in 22:43. Aaron Hershberger was one place back finishing in 22:48. Freshman John Hughes rounded out the scoring placing seventy-ninth in 25:09. Gibson Lowenberg and Jesse Slater alsocompeted in the varsity race placing eighty-fifth and eighty-sixth respectively. Cody Mertens of Mt. Pleasant was the individual winner finishing in 16:49. Mid-Prairie, currently ranked third in 2A, took home the team title scoring 45 points edging out ninth ranked in 3A Clear Creek-Amana with their 49 points. Williamsburg, ranked sixth in 2A, placed third with 83.

Levi Geyer

In the boys junior varsity, Micah Miller ran his best race of the season finishing the course in 22:58 for thirtieth place. Toby Chen also ran well finishing in 24:41 for forty-eighth place. Johnny Diaz placed seventy-first in 27:16.


Boys Individual Placings  Team Scores 
Varsity    Mid-Prairie45
Levi Geyer15th18:26 Clear Creek Amana49
Jacob Boller51st20:41 Williamsburg83
Gedeon Sangare66th22:43 Mt. Pleasant96
Aaron Hershberger67th22:48 Fairfield150
John Hughes79th25:09 Washington164
Gibson Lowenberg85th26:57 Solon190
Jesse Slater86th29:05 Sigourney235
     Danville/New London258
JV    IMS260
Micah Miller30th22:58 North Mahaska281
Toby Chen48th24:41   
Johnny Diaz71st27:16   
Mackenzie Gutierrez

The Iowa Mennonite girls team placed tenth of the ten full teams at the meet. Four schools did not have enough runners to field a full team. Sophomore Sarena Gerber ran a career best time of 25:02 to lead the team with a forty-third place. This is quite an accomplishment considering the eighty degree weather and hilly course. Juniors Mackenzie Gutierrez and Rachel Geyer came in next for the team placing sixty-fifth and sixty-sixty in 28:31 and 28:32 respectively. Kennedy Roth was the team’s fourth runner running the course in 30:52 for seventy-second place. Greta Schrag was one place back finishing in 31:34. Meredith Blossom came in next for the team placing seventy-sixth in 34:15 and Ainsley Shaw was seventy-eighth in 36:27. Sisters Marie and Anna Hostetler of Mid-Prairie took the top two spots in the girls race in 18:44 and 19:40. This well off Anna’s course record of 18:08 set last year. Mid-Prairie, ranked first in 2A, won the team title with 31 points. 

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 615 athletes competing in the two junior high and four high school races.  The school would especially like to thank he Wellman golf course, the City of Wellman and Tom and Paula Buckwalter for allowing the meet to take place on their properties

Girls Individual Placings   Team Scores 
Sarena Gerber43rd25:02 Mid-Prairie31
Mackenzie Gutierrez65th28:31 Solon 75
Rachel Geyer66th28:32 Mt. Pleasant97
Kennedy Roth72nd30:52 Williamsburg121
Greta Schrag73rd31:34 Danville – New London137
Meredith Blossom76th34:15 Fairfield 147
Ainsley Shaw78th36:27 Clear Creek/Amana154
     Sigourney 265

The Iowa Mennonite Cross Country teams have their next competition at the Southeast Iowa Super Conference meet hosted by Winfield-Mt. Union at Twin Lakes Golf course in Winfield this Thursday, October 5th.