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September 26, 2013

Osky harriers second at Newton Invite


The Oskaloosa Herald

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."
 
Newton Invitational
Tuesday's Results
Varsity
Girls
Team standings — 1. Des Moines Roosevelt 34, 2. Oskaloosa 74, 3. Southeast Polk 85, 4. Marshalltown 91, 5. Grinnell 95, 6. Newton 146, 7. West Marshall 211, Des Moines Christian no score, Des Moines East no score, Knoxville no score.
Oskaloosa — 3. Bailey Blythe 14:55, 5. Sienna DeJong 15:21, 19. Tori Palmer 16:31, 21. Lesley Roquet 16:37, 31. Melissa Moorman 17:09, 43. Kelsey Roquet 17:52, 46. Riley Berg 18:20.
Boys
Team standings — 1. Grinnell 38, 2. Oskaloosa 53, 3. Marshalltown 97, 4. Newton 107, 5. Knoxville 131, 6. West Marshall 143, 7. Des Moines Christian 148, Des Moines East no score.
Oskaloosa — 1. Skylar DeJong 16:31, 2. Spencer DeJong 16:42, 14. Kamron VanHulzen 18:45, 16. Jared Boggess 18:48, 20. Caleb Fisher 18:54, 21. Colton Berg 18:57, 36. Gerrit VanMaanen 19:44.
Junior Varsity
Girls
Team standings — 1. Des Moines Roosevelt 17, 2. Grinnell 74, 3. Southeast Polk 74, 4. Marshalltown 115, 5. Newton 149, 6. Oskaloosa 153.
Oskaloosa — 18. Brey Hill 18:22, 50. Kamryn Beers 20:00, 68. Kenzie Gunter 21:01, 80. Jessabelle Opheim 21:53, 81. Cheyenne Glandon 22:04, 91. Lauren Gorski 23:36.
Boys
Team standings — 1. Grinnell 34, 2. Oskaloosa 39, 3. Knoxville 66, 4. Marshalltown 76, 5. West Marshall 142, Newton no score.
Oskaloosa — 5. Willis Knox 19:56, 8. Logan Ashman 20:05, 9. Brett Ewing 20:05, 10. Brady DeJong 20:07, 12. Tiki Anderson 20:11, 29. Spencer Nelson 22:01, 31. Jared Buckallew 22:18, 35. Grant Hladik 22:41, 36. Garrett Gilliland 22:50, 47. Wyatt Teeter 22:42, 49. Efrain Garcia 24:58, 50. Sam Adams 24:59.
 
Middle School
Girls
Team standings — 8. Oskaloosa 186.
Oskaloosa — 11. Aleeya Cheney 13:02, 35. Veronica Bolibaugh 13:35, 39. Anna Jones 13:43, 54. Kirby Nelson 14:09, 79. Ashley Kindley 14:45, 82. Rachel Anderson 14:48, 86. Ellie Snyder 14:59, 116. Victoria Vos 15:39, 119. Breanni Winegar 15:43, 164. Emily Grahek 16:27, 171. Marta Iverson 16:43, 172. Leah Wilcox 16:44, 222. MaKenzie Payne 19:46.
 
Boys
Team standings — 5. (tie) 161.
Oskaloosa — 26. Jack Miller 12:12, 27. Carter Huyser 12:13, 32. Arawn Hodgkins 12:17, 43. Talon Munger 12:35, 60. Jacob Spears 12:54, 74. Ean Beenken 13:09, 117. Drew Appleget 14:12.