Cross country teams compete at Invitational

Brian Nchoe placed fourth at the Mediapolis Invitational cross country meet at Big Hollow recreation area Thursday.  Nchoe covered the challenging course in 18:52 for his highest finish of the season.  Iowa Mennonite placed third in the nine team field.  The meet was moved from its normal venue of Heritage Oaks Golf and Country club due to wet conditions.  “Mediapolis did at good job of securing a location and establishing a new course at the last minute.  The course included gravel roads and more technical trails.  Most of the runners loved the more challenging course.”  John Hughes was the second finisher for the maroon and black coming in twenty-third with a time of 20:16.  Jacob Boller was third for the team placing twenty-ninth in 20:44.  Noah Miller placed thirty-eighth in 21:35 and Aaron Hershberger was forty-seventh in 22:19 to round out the scoring.  Tobias Chen and Collin Miller also ran placing sixty-first and seventieth in 23:39 and 25:36 respectively.  Brady Millikin and Colten Glosser of Pekin went 1-2 in 17:45 to win the race.  Pekin won the team title with 30 points.

Boys Individual results  Team Scores 
Brian Nchoe4th18:52 Pekin30
John Hughes23rd20:16 Danville/New London53
Jacob Boller29th20:44 IMS133
Noah Miller38th21:35 West Burlington Notre Dame137
Aaron Hershberger47th22:19 Lone Tree148
Tobias Chen61st23:39 Columbus Junction157
Collin Miller70th25:36 WACO192
    Holy Trinity301
    Central Lee334

The Iowa Mennonite girls team saw four new season best efforts on the challenging course at Big Hollow.  Leah Bontrager grabbed the last medal placing fifteenth in 22:59.  Sarena Gerber ran the entire race close to Bontrager and finished with a career best effort.  She placed seventeenth in 23:04.  Esther Hughes’ personal improvement was even greater.  Esther placed twenty-fifth in 24:34.  Julia Boller also saw a huge improvement at this meet placing forty-fourth in 27:18.  Rachel Geyer was the team’s fifth finisher placing forty-eighth in 27:53.  This was Geyer’s best race of the year.  Ainsley Shaw completed the course as the teams sixth runner.  “With the addition of Geyer to our line-up and Highland missing their fifth runner at conference IMS was able to be just four points behind the Huskies.  This spread was forty-five points just one week ago at the conference meet.”  Addy Parrott and Lexi Brown of Danville-New London finished 1-2 in the girls race with times of 20:26 and 20:40 leading their team to the team title over Pekin.

The IMS girls and boys cross country teams will compete in the 1A state qualifier meet hosted by Regina at the Kickers Soccer Complex south of Iowa City Thursday October 18.   The top three teams and fifteen individuals in each race qualify to advance to the state meet held in Fort Dodge Saturday October 27.  Come show your support for your favorite runners.  The girls race starts at 4:00 p.m. and the boys race at 4:30 p.m. 

Girls Individual Results   Team Scores 
Leah Bontrager15th22:59 Danville/New London37
Sarena Gerber17th 23:04 Pekin41
Esther Hughes25th24:34 Mediapolis99
Julia Boller44th27:18 Highland123
Rachel Geyer48th27:53 IMS127
Ainsley Shaw57th40:50