OSKALOOSA — It was a beautiful night for running at Edmundson Park on Tuesday as Oskaloosa held their home invitational with Pella Christian and Knoxville also in attendance.
On the girls side, Oskaloosa took seventh with 155 points, Knoxville grabbed 10th with 266 points and Pella Christian only had four runners so they didn’t score as a team.
The Indians were led by Sage Adam, who continues to put together impressive times together. This time she would take ninth overall with a career-best time of 21:27. Olvia Stodghill also had a PR time on the day, taking 41st at 23:24. Rounding out the Indians was Anna Coniglio (26th, 22:46), Evie Adam (51st, 24:06), Addi Carter (54st, 24:36), Emmalee Wells-Stout (57th, 24:49) and Faith Coniglio (68th, 26:05).
"The girls team has been battling some injuries, but I thought they competed well,” Oskaloosa head coach Michael Comfort said. “Sage Adam ran the best race of her career. She is looking as strong as I've seen her run and she keeps getting better and better. Olivia Stodghill ran the best race of her life. Her determination is a great example for our team. Evie Adam stepped up huge for us as well.”
Despite not scoring, the Pella Christian girls had a couple of impressive showings with Joslyn Terpstra leading the charge behind the 11th-ranked (1A) Rylee Dunkin of Twin Cedars. Terpstra charged to a second place finish with a time of 20:59 while Jaclyn Holmes also ran a solid race by taking sixth at 21:10.
Metje Michmershuizen (61st, 25:13) and Karis Fikkert (70th, 26:21) would also run for the Eagles.
The Knoxville girls were without Norah Pearson as she continues to rehab her knee injury. Natalie Collins would pace the Panthers by taking 39th with a 23:20, beating her season best by nearly a full minute while Faith Roozeboom was not far behind in 45th at 23:46, which was her PR.
Rounding out the Knoxville lineup was Olivia Maasdam (67th, 26:00), Janie Maasdam (73rd, 26:35), Hanna Linsley (77th, 28:23) and Dani Johnston (79th, 28:31).
For the boys, Oskaloosa would finish fourth as a team with 145 points with Pella Christian right behind them in fifth with 148 points while Knoxville took 10th with 196 points.
Patrick De Ronde would pace the Indians by taking second by nine seconds behind Danville’s Ty Carr with a time of 16:45. Aden Scott (23rd, 18:40), Reed Peterson (35th, 19:11), William Leonard (36th, 19:13), Phillip Abrahamson (49th, 19:41), Caden Ayala (52nd, 19:45) and Keygan Roberts (61st, 20:10) rounded out the Osky lineup.
"Our focus tonight was just to compete really hard on our tough course,” Comfort said. “You can't get caught up on just running fast times every week - every team is focused on that. We wanted to go out on our course, be tough, compete hard, and finish as high as we could. The guys were able to edge out a few teams because of this attitude. Aden Scott stepped up huge for us tonight. He is one of the gutsiest runners I've coached and he helped pull the rest of the guys along. William Leonard had a nice bounce back race too. Patrick finished second, and while I know he is disappointed in this result, I know he will bounce back stronger.”
The Eagles were led by four top 25 finishes in Kaden Van Wyngarden (15th, 18:08), Ryan Natelborg (19th, 18:25), Danny Andringa (24th, 18:42) and Brant Vanderhart (25th, 18:49). Ben Gosselink (65th, 20:20) and Micah DeHaan (72nd, 20:53) also ran for PC.
Seth Walraven earned himself a medal for Knoxville by taking 13th with a time of 18:05. Meanwhile, the rest of the Panthers ran in a good pack featuring Peter Picard (41st, 19:28), Max Purvis (42nd, 19:29), Joey Hembrook (45th, 19:31), John Buttell (55th, 19:46), Andrew Jackson (57th, 19:48) and Carson Irving (62nd, 20:14).
“Boys had a great pack running night following leader Seth Walraven,” Knoxville head coach Michael Splavec said. “The final six varsity runners were only separated by 20 seconds. Hopefully with a strong couple weeks of practice we can get that pack running some faster times and dropping into the 18 minute time frame before we go to conference and state qualifying.”
Oskaloosa and Knoxville will be in action on Tuesday as they head to Mt. Pleasant while Pella Christian goes to Lynnville-Sully on Thursday.
Girls team standings
1. Williamsburg (60), 2. Albia (81), 3. Newton (85), 4. Davis County (103), 5. Fairfield (126), 6. Ottumwa (136), 7. Oskaloosa (155), 8. Grinnell (171), 9. Danville-New London (231), 10. Knoxville (266), 11. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (309)
Boys team standings
1. Danville-New London (43), 2. Williamsburg (71), 3. Grinnell (139), 4. Oskaloosa (145), 5. Pella Christian (148), 6. Davis County (152), 7. Albia (158), 8. Newton (161), 9. Fairfield (194), 10. Knoxville (196), 11. Ottumwa (240), 12. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (331)