WAVERLY—Freshman Caroline McMartin (Pella) was the Central College women’s cross country leader for the first time in her young career Saturday in the Dan Huston Triangular at Waverly.
Defending American Rivers champion Wartburg College, the host school, swept the top seven spots for a perfect 15-point team score but McMartin clocked in with a personal-best 23:24.2 on the 6,000-meter course. That’s a 29-second improvement over her performance at a Sept. 26 meet at Storm Lake.
“Caroline had a great race,” coach Joe Dunham said. “She competed well. She kept her mind in the race and showed some maturity.”
Mari Stein (junior, Okoboji) was 10th in 23:34.4, 5 seconds off her career best. Freshman Lindsey Davidson (Northwood, Northwood-Kensett HS) was 15th (24:28.0) with Lauren Coon (sophomore, Oskaloosa) 18th (24:52.0), Hailey Hill (sophomore, Las Vegas, Nev., West Career & Technical Academy) 21st (25:02.7), Kate Hoogensen (freshman, Ankeny, Centennial HS) 23rd (25:10.1) and Alyssa Mayhew (freshman, Aurora, Ill., West HS) 25th (25:14.7).
Central was second in the team race with 59 points while Simpson College had 68.
“We competed well,” Dunham said. “We’re moving in the right direction. It’s all about progress.”
The Dutch make their second home appearance of the year Saturday, Oct. 24 in a league triangular with the University of Dubuque and Nebraska Wesleyan University at the Central College cross country course. The women’s race starts at 2 p.m. with the men at 2:45 p.m.
It’s the final meet before the American Rivers Championships, also at Pella, Saturday. Nov. 7.
“Nebraska Wesleyan has some good runners and Dubuque is improved,” Dunham said. “We’ve got one month until the conference meet and we’ve got some work to do.”