Patrick De Ronde

Oskaloosa's Patrick De Ronde took second at Fairfield

Cross country

Oskaloosa competes in Fairfield Invite

FAIRFIELD — The Oskaloosa cross country team was in action on Tuesday for a beautiful night of running at the Fairfield Invite. The boys took fourth out of 13 teams while the girls finished seventh.

Patrick De Ronde led the boys with a second place finish time of 16:46. He would only trail the fifth-ranked runner in 3A but was right there with him for over two miles.

"We had a lot of improvements tonight both in terms of tactics and times,” Oskaloosa head coach Michael Comfort said. “We pack ran a lot better today. Reed Peterson, Aden Scott, and Phillip Abrahamson did a great job feeding off of each other and pushing each other to a great race.”

On the girls side, Sage Adam would pace the Indians with a 11th place finish at 22:03 as she continues to move in the right direction.

"She had a good race,” Comfort said of Adam. “She is so close to a huge breakthrough. She has a big time coming when she puts everything together."

Anna Coniglio also showed well by taking 17th at 22:45. Addi Carter and Olivia Stodghill both ran well as a pair while Evie Adam and Carly Malloy both saw big improvements to their times. One area to watch going forward for Oskaloosa will be how they finish the last leg of the race.

“One thing we need to focus on going forward is better finishes in the last 600,” Comfort said. “We left some points out on the course. With that said I feel like we are further ahead at this point then we were last year. Today was another nice step forward for us."

Oskaloosa will host their home invite on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Edmundson Park.

Terpstra’s first leads Pella Christian at Davis County

BLOOMFIELD — It was a great showing for the Pella Christian cross country team on Thursday at Lake Fisher for the Davis County meet. Three teams scored for the girls while four teams scored for the boys. The Eagles would take second as a team in both.

The girls would lead the way with Joslyn Terpstra racing to a first place finish with a time of 21:46 while Jaclyn Holmes was not far behind in third place at 22:14.

The rest of the girls lineup included Katy Roose (11th, 24:14), Karis Fikkert (19th, 25:41), Grace Vermeer (21st, 25:47) and Metje Michmershuizen (23rd, 26:07).

The PC boys had seven finish in the top 12 of the boys race.

Kaden Van Wyngarden’s third place and Dany Andringa’s fifth place paced the Eagles while Ryan Natelborg (6th), Brant VanderHart (7th), Ben Gosselink (9th), Tysen DeVries (10th) and Aaron DeBruin (12th) also placed in the top 12.

Pella Christian will be at the Oskaloosa Invitational on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Girls swimming

Oskaloosa races at Grinnell

GRINNELL — The Oskaloosa girls swimming team was once again in action at Grinnell on Thursday. The Indians continued to shuffle the lineup as they took on the likes of Grinnell, Des Moines East, Vinton-Shellsburg and Williamsburg.

Sophomore Grace Moore would have another strong day in the pool as she put herself into the program top 10 in both of her individual races. Her time of 28.55 in the 50 freestyle was good for seventh in the program and fifth in the race. She also dropped her 500 freestyle time from 7:14 to 6:41 to take fourth. Moore would also anchor the 400 free relay with a PR time of 1:05.92.

Emma Adams also enjoyed some success on the night as she dropped eight seconds off her 100 freestyle time. She would also drop times in the 200 IM, 100 backstroke and 400 free relay split.

“Emma is proving herself to be a utility athlete that is willing to do whatever it takes to improve herself and her team,” Oskaloosa head coach Makenzie Kauffman said of Adams.

Other finishes on the night include Audree Cheney racing to a 1:29.97 in her first 100 backstroke and Callie Lindgren (2:38.94) and Maddy Moorman (2:42.99) taking seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 200 freestyle.

Oskaloosa will head to Williamsburg on Monday before going to Newton on Tuesday.

Team standings

1. Grinnell, 2. DM East, 3. Vinton-Shellsburg, 4. Williamsburg, 5. Oskaloosa

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at cpeters@oskyherald.com or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.

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