LYNNVILLE — Rapidly improving Pella Christian stepped to the front in both the varsity boy’s and girl’s races at the Lynnville-Sully Cross Country Invitational held at the Diamond Trail Golf Course in Lynnville Thursday night. The PC boys outdistanced North Mahaska 39-53 for the win while host Lynnville-Sully was third with 75 points. The Eagle girls topped Collins-Maxwell 48-65 for the title and a vastly improved EBF team was just a point behind in third place with 66 points.
The No. 11 ranked PC boys were led by individual winner, Kaden Van Wyngarden, who claimed his second gold medal of the week. On Tuesday night, Wyn Garden took the top spot at the Oskaloosa Invitational. Joining Van Wyn Garden in the top five were; Ben Gosselink (4th) and Tysen DeVries (5th).
The runner-up North Mahaska team was led by three runners in the top 10. Brayden Veiseth was (7th) while Lane Harmon was just a second behind in (8th) place. Nate Sampson took the 10th spot and Asher De Boef was (13th).
EBF did not have enough runners to compete as a team, but Sam Seddon was (17th), Jake Mellon (20th), Noah Walker (30th) and Cael Lenox (51st) accounted for the Rocket places.
In the girl’s race, Twin Cedars Rylee Dunkin won her third race of the season with a very impressive run as she topped the field by nearly 90 seconds. Pella Christian’s Bailey Vos was second and Jaclyn Holmes was fourth. Completing the PC team scoring was Emma DeBoef (11th), Katy Roose (21st) and Julia Shmalcs (22).
The fast-rising Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets finished a strong third place behind top ten finishers, Lizzy and Caroline Van Utrecht. Lizzy was eighth and sister Caroline was close behind in ninth place. Claire Hayward was (15th), Abby Jager (26th) and Kaitlyn Glenn (28th) to round out the Rocket scoring.
North Mahaska did not have enough runners to compete for the team scoring, but Aly Steil notched a sixth-place finish for the Warhawks.
“Running two meets in a week is hard,” Pella Christian Coach Mike Buchheit said. “Our kids ran very well tonight. This is the first time in my tenure that we have had the boys and girls win on the same night. We are working a lot on hip and lower leg strength and it is beginning to show.”
EBF Coach Kevin Huck was very pleased with the performance of his girl’s team.
“We have been training hard,” Huck said. “This group of girls are very good at pushing and encouraging each other. We are getting much better as a team.”
Girl’s Team Scoring: 1. Pella Christian 48, 2. Collins-Maxwell 65, 3. EBF 66, 4. Lynnville-Sully 78, 5. Twin Cedars 109, 6. Iowa Valley 148.
Pella Christian Scoring: 2. Bailey Vos 22:19.9. 4. Jaclyn Holmes 22:30.7, 11. Emma DeBoef 24:10.9, 21. Katy Roose 25:26.6, 22. Julia Shmalcs 25:49.5, 25. Karis Fikkert 26:16.6, 30. Meredith Van Wyk 27:03.4.
EBF Scoring: 8. Lizzy Van Utrecht 23:56.6, 9. Caroline Van Utrecht 24:02.7, 15. Claire Hayward 25:01.2, 26. Abby Jager 26.22.9, 28. Kaitlyn Glenn 26:40.6, 36. Ava Eastlick 27:56.0.
North Mahaska Places: 6. Aly Steil 22:59.7
Boy’s Team Scoring: 1. Pella Christian 39, 2. North Mahaska 53, 3. Lynnville-Sully 75, 4. Collins-Maxwell 81. 5. Southeast Warren 120, 6. Moravia 163.
Pella Christian Scoring: 1. Kaden Van Wyngarden 17:25.7, 4. Ben Gosselink 18:26.7, 5. Tysen DeVries 18:32.7, 16. Deacon Branderhorst 19:18.6, 18. Shawn Osterheert 20:00, 23. Paxton Bouma 20:48.4, 25. Logan Gallagher 20:55.7.
North Mahaska Scoring: 7. Brayden Veiseth 18:47.9, 8. Lane Harmon 18:48.5, 10. Nate Sampson 19:06.4, 13. Asher DeBeof 19:24.4, 22. Ben Yang 20:40.4, 27. Andy Knockel 21.33.9, 34. Clay Thompson 23:03.9.
EBF Places: 17. Sam Seddon 19:58.8, 20. Jake Melon 20:21.7, 30. Noah Walker 22:13.9, 51. Cael Lenox 26:01.9.