Iowa Mennonite Cross Country Results
State Qualifier Meet at Solon
October 20, 2017
|Prince of Peace Catholic||359|
|Isaac Newton Christian Academy||696|
Senior Levi Geyer punched his ticket to the state cross country meet in Fort Dodge October 28. Geyer placed eighth at the 1A state qualifier meet in Solon Thursday. Geyer ran the 5k course in a personal best time of 17:17. The top fifteen individuals and top three teams qualify for the state meet. Geyer led Iowa Mennonite to a twelfth place finish in the twenty-three team field. IMS placed above Columbus and Alburnett. Both teams had placed above IMS with comfortable margin in previous meetings. The next five finishers for the boys team ran personal best times to achieve the higher than expected team finish. Jacob Boller placed fifty-sixth in 19:39. Aaron Hershberger ran a smart race finishing in 20:16 for seventy-third place. John Hughes ran a gutsy race to place ninety-ninth in 20:50. Gedeon Sangare ran well in his final race in the maroon and white jersey placing one hundred third in 21:05. Gedeon has been a big contributor at every meet this season and has been a great influence on his team members. He will return to his native Mali after the school year. Micah Miller was the final team member to record a personal best at the meet. He ran 21:17 for one hundred eighth place. Jesse Slater was one hundred fiftieth in 24:30. Bellevue won the team title with 23 points taking the top three individual spots. Freshman Brady Griebel won the race in 16:45.
|Rachel Geyer||75th 25:46||25:46:00|
Sophomore Sarena Gerber led the Iowa Mennonite team to fourteenth place in the fifteen team field. Eight additional schools competed with incomplete teams. Gerber has led Iowa Mennonite for the entire season. She placed forty-seventh in 23:57. Junior Rachel Geyer ran her season best time and just missed her personal best placing seventy-fifth in 25:46. Greta Schrag finished next for the team in ninety-seventh place with a time of 27:32. Mackenzie Gutierrez was two places and eight seconds back finishing in 27:40. Kennedy Roth ran a good race finishing one hundred first in 27:57. Meredith Blossom and Ainsley Shaw finished with identical times of 29:21. Blossom was given the nod for one hundred eighth place while Shaw was happy with one hundred ninth place and a new personal record. Emily Staal of Springville-Central City won the race in 18:43. Central Community won the team title with Lansing Kee and Marquette Catholic also qualifying.
Levi Geyer will run in the 1A state championship race at 2:30 p.m. Saturday October 28 at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.