Luke Abrahamson

Oskaloosa's Luke Abrahamson (359) battles Chariton's Connor Dixson (70) and Hillcrest Academy's Micah Gerber to the finish line during the boys cross-country race at Waterworks Park on Thursday at the Fairfield Invitational.

Cross country

Oskaloosa races at Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The Oskaloosa cross country squad was in action on Thursday as the boys raced to a third place finish while the girls took seventh.

The boys were led by Will Roach, who took sixth place with a time of 18:32. Reid Luck (16th, 18:58), Luke Abrahamson (23rd, 19:26), Reed Peterson (19:26) and Blake Henry (27th, 19:39) rounded out the top five.

"Our top five pack was pretty strong again,” Oskaloosa head coach Michael Comfort said. “Reid Luck took a big step forward to break 19 minutes for the first time this year and along with Will Roach gave us two guys under 19 for the race. Luke, Reed P, and Blake did a great job of running together to finish the scoring for our team.”

The girls saw Tierney Carter grab a top 10 finish with a time of 22:24. The rest of the Indians were spread out across the field with Evelyn Adam (26th, 24:06), Josie Adam (27th, 24:10), Emmalee Wells-Stout (69th, 27:27) and Sarah Phillips (73rd, 28:10) making out the rest of the top five.

"I felt we ran as a bunch of individuals and not as a team,” Comfort said. “It is pretty frustrating to see us all spread out already at the one mile mark. Until we learn how to compete and work together we will continue to struggle with our team placings."

Oskaloosa hosts their home meet at Edmundson Park on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

PC gets good test at Ames

AMES — Pella Christian was in Ames on Thursday for the Gilbert CC Invitational with some good competition in town. The boys would bring home sixth while the girls took home eighth.

Jaclyn Holmes led the girls with a 23rd place finish and a time of 21:42. The rest of the Eagle top five consisted of Bailey Vos (38th, 22:37), Emma DeBoef (56th, 23:35), Katy Roose (72nd, 24:21) and Jenna Van Maanen (82nd, 25:05).

Kaden Van Wyngarden had a good day to lead the PC boys taking fifth with a time of 16:30. That time was a PR for him by 35 seconds and just 14 seconds off the school record. Tysen DeVries (39th, 18:17), Deacon Branderhorst (52nd, 18:43), Shaun Oosterheert (58th, 18:59) and Sawyer Meinders (98th, 20:10) made up the rest of the top five.

Pella Christian races next at Oskaloosa on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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

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