OSCEOLA – Clarke hosted area schools Central Decatur and Interstate 35 last Tuesday at East Lake Park during its home cross country meet.
A cloudy and humid afternoon made for less than ideal running conditions as Davis County took the girls team title and boys title.
The individual winners for girls was Van Meter’s Clare Kelly with a time of 22:20. Randy Jimenez of Southeast Warren was first across for the boys, running a time of 18:11.
For the Clarke girls, the Lady Indians were led by Katie Donaldson’s top-10 time of 24:42 for ninth place. Destiny Ashby was the next across the line for Clarke at 24th with a time of 27:31.
“I thought she had a good race,” said Clarke head coach Kayleen McCann on Donaldson. “It was kind of great because there were some teams here that we had not competed against before, so that’s always nice. ... It just kind of tells you that you can never be too good and can always get better and keep working. She’s a come-from-behind type of girl and always pulls through in the end.”
The Clarke boys were led by Diego Cavanzon, running a time of 22:30 and Ethan Domina, running a time of 23:05. They finished 21st and 26th, respectively.
Calhoun Lundquist placed 31st, running a 23:30 and Richie Donaldson placed 38th, running a 24:30.
The Clarke boys placed in sixth with a teams score of 156. Clarke’s girls team did not register a team score.
A course with multiple hills in poor running conditions made for a test for some schools, but not as much for Clarke.
“I think the kids are in pretty good shape. We walked this (course), we jogged it and we ran it,” said McCann. “We did the hills out here and we tried to be physically prepared as well as mentally prepared, so they knew what was coming compared to other schools who were probably a little surprised.”
“Last year it was downhill most of the time and this year it’s uphill,” said Interstate 35 head coach Alex Pickard on how the Roadrunners attacked the course. “I’m pretty proud of how they ran and with their placement as well. They looked strong and the weather came in our favor a little bit and it started cooling down when we started running.”
The Interstate 35 girls had a strong showing from Abbi Goering, placing second with a time of 23:02.94. Lauren Bussanmas was 17th with a time of 25:47.53 and Josephine Wearmouth was 35th at 28:58.98. They did not register a team score.
The Roadrunner boys scored eighth, totalling 183 points. Wyatt Fitzgerald was seventh quickest with a time of 20:47 to lead the Roadrunners.
Cody Parish (24:28) and Carson Allen (24:43) were next across the finish for I-35, placing 37th and 39th, respectively.
“I had some runners who are injured and sick, so hopefully we can get them up and healthy towards the end of the season before we hit districts,” said Pickard. “Even with this course I think they ran well.”
Central Decatur was successful in Osceola with both the boys and girls taking fourth overall in their respective races.
Tate Swartz and Tyson McDole were back-to-back in the final results, finishing fifth and sixth. Swartz clocked in at 20:13 and McDole finished at 20:21.
“We were running partial squads for undisclosed reasons. Swartz and McDole ran very solid finishing fifth and sixth, but we have no room for error end of season with only five runners,” said Central Decatur head coach Reece Tedford.
“Girls, we’re just trying to manage what slim chance we might have late season.”
The CD girls were led by Kaydee Swartz with a time of 26:32 for 19th fastest. Harrisen Bevan was 22nd (27:13) and Lauren Saxton was 38th (29:30).
Interstate 35 run in Greenfield
GREENFIELD – Interstate 35 took on a deep and talented field Monday afternoon with the boys running against the top three teams in Class 1A (No. 1 Earlham, No. 2 Nodaway Valley, No. 3 Madrid).
The tough competition made the Roadrunners step their game up once the race started, but it was still a challenge across both teams.
“We were excited that it wasn’t as hardcore as the regular course for Nodaway Valley,” Pickard. “... Overall it went well, but we had tough competition and that made it a bigger challenge for us.”
The I-35 boys finished 10th with a score of 270. The Roadrunner boys were led by Fitzgerald’s 26th place time of 18:41.07.
Maiers was the next I-35 runner across at 36th with a time of 19:09.17.
The Roadrunner girls were led by Goering’s time of 22:05.95, placing 15th. Bussanmas was 32nd at 22:53.16.”I think some of our runners had an off night,” said Pickard. “If they had a good night I think it would have pushed them. I think it pushed some of the boys, but for the girls it was a little harder for them. They persevered through.”