Bontrager qualifies for state cross country

Leah Bontrager

Freshman Leah Bontrager punched her ticket to the Iowa State High School Cross Country Championships Thursday night.  Bontrager placed fourteenth at the 1A state qualifier meet hosted by Regina in Iowa City at the Kickers Soccer complex.  The top fifteen individuals and the top three teams all advance to the state meet in Fort Dodge next Saturday.  Bontrager ran a career best effort touring the 5.04 kilometer course in 22:14.  Each member of the girls team had season best efforts in the race.  Junior Sarena Gerber also ran a career best placing twenty-sixth in 23:12.  Esther Hughes had the biggest improvement on the team running 24:17 to place fortieth.  Freshman classmate Julia Boller toured the course in 27:26, a personal best effort, to place eighty-second.  Senior Rachel Geyer rounded out the scoring placing eighty-sixth in 28:02.  Ainsley Shaw placed one hundred twelfth in 36:09.  Cheyenne Shaw of North Mahaska won the race in 20:35.  Regina won the team title with 36 points. 

“I couldn’t be more pleased with how the girls team ran tonight.  Each one of them did what it took to put together their best race when it counted the most.  We placed seventh in the fourteen team field.  This was our first time placing ahead of English Valleys in four meetings.  Leah was amazing.  I look forward to see what she can do in Fort Dodge on the 27th.

Leah Bontrager will run in the 1A state championship race at 2:00 p.m. Saturday October 27 at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

Girls Individual results  Team Scores 
Leah Bontrager14th22:14 Regina36
Sarena Gerber26th23:12 Starmont76
Esther Hughes40th24:17 Pekin81
Julia Boller82nd27:26 Prince of Peace129
Rachel Geyer86th28:02 Highland172
Ainsley Shaw112th36:09 Wilton173
     English Valleys219

The Iowa Mennonite boys cross country team completed their season Thursday in Iowa City placing tenth in the twenty team field at the 1A state qualifier meet hosted by Regina at the Iowa City Kickers Soccer Complex.  Calamus-Wheatland won the team title with 46 points taking the top two individual spots.  Ricky Hunter won the individual title in 17:10.  Brian Nchoe was the first finisher for Iowa Mennonite as he has been for most of the season.  Brian placed twenty-seventh in 19:00 on the 5.04k course.  John Hughes came in next placing fifty-sixth in 20:13.  Senior Jacob Boller placed sixty-sixth in 20:38 to complete his high school cross country career.  Noah Miller placed seventy-eighth in 20:58.  Aaron Hershberger came in one hundred sixth in 21:55.  Tobias Chen ran a personal best effort finishing one hundred seventeenth in 23:14.  Collin Miller placed one hundred thirty-fourth in 25:46.  “Our boys team had a good season although a couple of injuries took their toll on our results.  Both Jacob Boller and Brian Nchoe will be greatly missed next year.  Jacob has been a great team leader while Brian was a solid number one runner for us.”

Boys Individual Results  Team Scores 
Brian Nchoe27th19:00 Calamus-Wheatland46
John Hughes56th20:13 Maquoketa Valley95
Jacob Boller66th20:38 Pekin134
Noah Miller78th20:58 Durant136
Aaron Hershberger106th21:55 Wilton156
Tobias Chen117th23:14 Wapello187
Collin Miller134th25:46 Starmont194
    Prince of Peace 211
    Holy Trinity 289
    Columbus Community326
    Iowa City Regina331
    Winfield-Mt. Union336
    Lone Tree367
    North Mahaska425
    Easton Valley464