EDDYVILLE — It was a beautiful late fall afternoon in Eddyville as the South Central Conference Cross Country teams came together for the annual conference meet. Knoxville and EBF would finish fourth and fifth respectively in the girl’s team standings while the Panthers nabbed fourth place in the boy’s race and the Rockets were sixth.
A strong group of runners from Albia captured the girl’s title as they placed five runners in the top ten for a winning total of 25 points. Davis County was second with 48 and Chariton was third with 85. Knoxville took the fourth spot with 92 and EBF totaled 119 points for fifth. Centerville and Clarke did not have enough runners to qualify for team honors.
Albia’s Serene Thompson was the individual winner over the 5K course in a time of 20:53.26. Knoxville’s Norah Pearson, who has battled injury problems over the past two seasons, was able to finish 14th in 23:28.15. Panther runners, Natalie Collins and Janae Baker were close behind in 16th and 17th place.
Lead runner for the Rockets was Abby Jager in 21st place while Kaitlynn Glenn was 23rd and Ava Eastlick was 26th.
The boy’s title went to the Mustangs from Davis County as they had four runners earn all-conference honors by finishing in the top ten to amass 35 points. Albia was second with 61, Chariton third with 64 and Knoxville was fourth with 77 points. Clarke was fifth with 119 points and the host Rockets were sixth with 173 points. Centerville did not have enough runners to score.
The highlight of the meet for Knoxville was the second place finish by Seth Walraven in a time of 18:03.32 to receive all-conference recognition. Walraven’s teammates ran well as a pack, but they were unable to move the pack far enough to the front to contend for the top spot. Max Purvis and Andrew Jackson were 16th and 17th while Kaden McGill, Peter Pickard and Ezra Schmidt were 20th, 22nd and 24th respectively.
Sam Seddon was the leader of the Rocket crew in 28th place while Noah Walker was 32nd and Carsen Wade was 34th.
The teams are now off until next week’s State qualifying meets. The 4A and 3A schools will run on Wednesday, Oct. 20 and the 2A and 1A schools will compete on Thursday, Oct. 21.
Knoxville Girl’s Results: (92) – 14. Norah Pearson 23:28.15, 16. Natalie Collins 23:43.46, 17. Janae Baker 23:48.50, 29. Olivia Maasdam 26:44.05, 30. Faith Roozeboom 27:10.49, 32. Taylor Jones 28:19.53, 36. Janie Maasdam 31:18.28.
EBF Girl’s Results: (119) – 21. Abby Jager 25:03.67, 23. Kaitlynn Glenn 25:07.27, 26. Ava Eastlick 25:55.41, 31. Claire Hayward 27:51.08, 37. Samantha Rist 31:25.68.
Knoxville Boy’s Results – 2. Seth Walraven 18:03.32, 16. Max Purvis 19:19.52, 17. Andrew Jackson 19:20.81, 20. Kaden McGill 19:39.90, 22. Peter Pickard 19:50.81, 24. Ezra Schmidt 20:00.08, 31. Carson Irving20:58.54.
EBF Boy’s Results – 28. Sam Seddon 20:40.60, 32. Noah Walker 21:09.04, 34. Carsen Wade 21:36.68, 41. Grant LaRue 24:12.53, 42. Jackson Tuller 24:20.47, 43. Cael Lenox 24:46.44, 44. Colton Brown 26:05.32.