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September 26, 2013

Osky harriers second at Newton Invite

NEWTON —

The Oskaloosa cross country varsity teams ran to a pair of runner-up finishes at the Newton Invitational Tuesday while Skylaf DeJong won his fifth consecutive race.
The Indians had 74 points in the girls division, which was won by Des Moines Roosevelt with 34 points. The boys compiled 53 points as Grinnell won the team title with 38 points.
Bailey Blythe led the girls with her third-place finish in a time of 14:55 while Sienna DeJong was fifth in 15:21. Tori Palmer came in 19th in 16:31 and Lesley Roquet ran 16:37 to finished 21st.
"The girls ran a fantastic race," Oskaloosa coach Mike Comfort said. "I'm blown away by their performance. They were determined to have a great performance today and they executed well. They continue to improve by leaps and bounds."
Skylar DeJong continued his winning ways as he clocked in with a time of 16:31 while his brother, Spencer, was not too far behind in 16:42 to place second. Kamron VanHulzen came in 14th in 18:45.
"The guys ran a solid race against some good competition," Comfort said. "They ran better as a pack and are just one move away from putting it all together. I look forward to watching how these teams compete as we get to the championship part of the season."
The top finisher for the junior varsity was Willis Knox, who was fifth in 19:56, as Logan Ashman came in eighth in the time of 20:05, Brett Ewing was ninth in 20:05 and Brady DeJong placed 10th in 20:07.
The boys finished second behind Grinnell in the team race.
Brey Hill's 18th-place time of 18:22 led the girls team to a sixth-place overall finish.
The Oskaloosa Middle School also had a solid meet as the boys tied for fifth and the girls finished eighth.
"All of the runners ran great and performed very well even though they weren't prepared mentally to run two miles," Oskaloosa Middle School coach Autumn Reisetter said. "We went into this meet with goal times for a mile and half, they actually ran two miles and the middle school runners ran hard and well tonight. We know where we need to make our improvements in order to continue to progress, so we will be ready for our next meets building towards our conference meet. We have a really talented group of girls and boys on our middle school team and I am very proud of them."

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