PELLA — Early rain in the day didn’t disrupt what was a big day of racing at Central’s cross country course in Pella as they played host to several talented teams and runners for the Little Hawkeye Conference Meet on Monday. Indianola would win the girls title while Norwalk claimed the boys title.
The Pella girls started the day with a third place finish as a team with 81 points. Freshman Raegan Snieder continued her strong season by taking second with her time of 19:55. Autumn Blink also grabbed a top 10 finish at 20:46. Jacie Trine (15th, 21:15), Sophia Boonstra (23rd, 21:40), Tess Paulsen (31st, 22:19), Macy Schroeder (34th, 22:27) and Abigail Teagarden (40th, 22:50) rounded out the Lady Dutch lineup.
Pella Christian took seventh as team with 161 points. They were once again led by their duo in Joslyn Terpstra (4th, 20:24) and Jaclyn Holmes (11th, 20:56). Karis Fikkert (46th, 23:31), Katy Roose (48th, 23:48), Jenna Van Maanen (52nd, 24:39), Metje Michmershuizen (54th, 24:44) and Grace Vermeer (55th, 25:01) also competed for PC.
Oskalosoa ended up eighth with 182 points. Sage Adams paced the Indians by taking 22nd at 21:32. Anna Coniglio (28th, 22:04), Evie Adam (43rd, 23:12), Emmalee Wells-Stout (44th, 23:27), Addi Carter (45th, 23:30), Olivia Stodghill (47th, 23:35) and Faith Coniglio (56th, 25:41) also scored points for Osky.
On the boys side, Pella nabbed another third place finish with 88 points. Chase Lauman had a good race, jumping out in front for the first mile before eventually taking third with his time of 16:34. Also racing for the Dutch was Josiah Wittenberg (14th, 17:08), Cutler Turner (22nd, 17:46), Nathan VanderWaal (24th, 17:55), Cooper Vande Voort (25th, 17:56), Jake Huston (31st, 18:12) and Akira Lopez (33rd, 18:22).
Oskaloosa raced to a seventh place finish with 173 points but it was another strong showing from Patrick De Ronde, who finished sixth with his time of 16:44. It was De Ronde’s third straight Little Hawkeye all-conference honors as he becomes the eighth Osky runner to earn at least three all-conference honors since 2000.
Aden Scott (34th, 18:33), Reed Peterson (41st, 19:00), Phillip Abrahamson (44th, 19:06), Reid Luck (48th, 19:16), William Leonard (52nd, 19:36) and Jason Anderson (54th, 19:42) also raced for Osky.
"Not our best night,” Oskaloosa head coach Michael Comfort said. “While we had some nice individual performances we were not able to put it all together one through seven and that led to the rough team results. I thought Anna Coniglio and Aden Scott put together some really nice races for their respective squads. Hopefully we can fix some things for the State Qualifying Meet next week.”
Pella Christian rounded out the boys team scoring with their eighth place finish with 181 points. Kaden Van Wyngarden took 26th at 17:57 to lead the Eagles. Ryan Natelborg (32nd, 18:16), Brant VanderHart (38th, 18:45), Ben Gosselink (42nd, 19:02), Danny Andringa (43rd, 19:04), Tysen DeVries (51st, 19:30) and Shaun Oosterheert (53rd, 19:38) rounded out the lineup.
The highlight of the night came in the boys JV race as Pella’s Isaac Treimer completed his first 5k. Treimer, a popular student athlete at Pella with down syndrome, wrestled to a 3-0 record with three pins for the wresting team in the winter and continues to inspire by crossing the finish line for the first time on Monday.
Oskaloosa and Pella race in the state qualifier on Wednesday, Oct. 20 while Pella Christian races on Thursday, Oct. 21.
Girls team standings
1. Indianola (60), 2. Dallas Center-Grimes (62), 3. Pella (81), 4. Norwalk (88), 5. Newton (151), 6. Grinnell (153), 7. Pella Christian (161), 8. Oskaloosa (182)
Boys team standings
1. Norwalk (43), 2. Dallas Center-Grimes (56), 3. Pella (88), 4. Indianola (110), 5. Newton (118), 6. Grinnell (157), 7. Oskaloosa (173), 8. Pella Christian (181)