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Packed field make for elevated levels

Area runners kick it up a notch with a deep, talented field Monday

Mount Ayr's MaKenna Jones (center) leads Nodaway Valley's Mallory Kuhns (right) and Lenox's McKinna Hogan (left) up an incline Monday night at the Adair County Fairgrounds.
Mount Ayr's MaKenna Jones (center) leads Nodaway Valley's Mallory Kuhns (right) and Lenox's McKinna Hogan (left) up an incline Monday night at the Adair County Fairgrounds.

GREENFIELD – Nodaway Valley was the host Monday night at the Adams County Fair Ground for its home cross country meet.

A packed field resulted in 100-plus runners toeing the line and ACGC’s Kate Crawford was the first across it at 19:49.88. AHSTW was first in team score, scoring 82.

The home-field advantage was for naught as Nodaway Valley placed sixth, scoring 108.

“The girls ran well, but (like the boys) a lot of good competition,” said Burmeister. “Sophia (Broers) works hard and never misses any practices and Reagan (Weinheimer) is getting better each meet, so I think we’ll see them around (that placing) at the end of the year. ... I thought (Lily Day, Mallory Kuhns and Abby Engels) ran well together in a pretty good pack today.”

Broers had a team leading time of 20:43.11 and Weinheimer had a time of 21:05.48 for eighth and ninth, respectively. Day was 31st (22:50.15), Kuhns was 34th (23:08.24) and Engels was 37th (23:32.24).

The elevated competition was something that pushed each runner, according to coaches.

“It’s great. It doesn’t happen very often when the top three teams are at the same invitational,” said Burmeister. “We wanted to win it at our home course and we do a lot of our work outs out here. We do a lot of hard work here and I’m sure that had something to do with it and it’s kind of like our home course for us. We’re used to this.”

As the season pulls into its final weeks, Burmeister has a few pointers to close the pack running, but has no complaints on where his team is at now.

“They’ve been told the last two weeks to get up in the morning and run,” said Burmeister. “We’re supposed to be doing morning runs a few times a week and we think the extra mileage will help. I can’t complain on how we train and whatever we do, they do at the level they’re supposed to be doing it at.”

Southwest Valley runs without top two

For Southwest Valley the challenges against a deep field were made tougher without the presence of its top two runners in Aubrey Boswell and Sydney Davies.

“We only had five girls run today, so we knew the team score wasn’t going to be great, but it was a challenge for them to go out and do their best and try to run some good times and I think they did. I’m really happy with them,” said Hults.

Southwest Valley’s best finish came from Halle Pearson, running a 24:36.89 time for 49th place. Sydney Westlake was the next quickest runner for the Timberwolves at 27:05.92 for 89th. Anjali Kathikar took three minutes off her personal best, according to Hults, running a 34:28.59.

“It’s going to be a confidence booster for the younger kids and first-year runners and it’s a good tune up meet before conference next week,” said Hults.

SWV scored 351, placing 13th overall.

EU runs ninth

East Union placed just outside the top-20 with lead runner Gabrielle Valencia placing 24th with a time of 22:30.70.

When we saw we were coming here, we knew we wouldn’t have the hot weather (like last week in Orient) or the hills, so our times needed to get back to where they belong,” said EU head coach Rich Bryson. “All the kids really ran well today, got their times back down, and some had PR’s for the season.”

Molly McNeill was the next across the line for the Eagles, running a 24:45.54 for 53rd. Abbie Wuebker was 98th, running a 28:32.38 time.

East Union placed ninth, scoring 286.

Mount Ayr, Lenox, O-M run

Mount Ayr had one medalist with MaKenna Jones edging into the top-20, finishing at 22:07.57 with a 19th place spot. MaKayla Jones was 26th with a time of 22:34.71 and further down Karlie Larsen (25:03.05) and Natalie Schaefer (25:03.66) finished 56th and 57th respectively.

The Raiderettes finished eighth in team scoring with a total of 189.

Lenox did not register a team score. Makynna England ran a 43:15 time as the only documented Tigers runner. Makenna Hogan’s time was not listed in the official results.

O-M’s lone girls runner, Christa Cass, placed 23rd with a time of 22:28.77. The Bulldogs did not register a teams core.

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