Nodaway Valley cross country had high finishers in cross country meets at Ballard and Winterset in the past week
The boys team was unable to have a boys team score due to a minor injury junior Jack Jensen is nursing, however the group broke the 20-minute mark as a team for the first time this season, a goal head coach Darrell Burmeister had for them.
Senior Doug Berg, who is ranked ninth by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches, ran to an 11th-place finish with a time of 18:04.70.
Junior runner Malachi Broers was 25th, finishing in 18:40, and Burmeister is very pleased with how Broers is running behind Berg.
“They all did good,” Burmeister said. “Malachi is having a great year. He’s really closed up on Doug. That’s a good thing.”
Junior Tyler Cooper finished 56th (21:02.70) and Ben Piearson was 61st (21:19.70).
“Tyler really did well,” Burmeister said. “He was 2:30 under his best.”
In the girls’ race at Ballard, sophomore Jazz Christensen ran to a 36th place finish with a time of 23:15.00. Junior Annika Nelson finished 62nd in 26:42.8. Senior Lilly Day was 68th in 27:37.40. Senior Hope Kading was 73rd in 28:53.60.
The Winterset meet was divided into separate divisions for underclassmen and upperclassmen.
In the 9-10 girls’ race, Christensen placed 11th, finishing in 24:00.20. Ballard had the top three spots in that race. The Wolverines had no entrants in the boys’ 9-10 race.
In the 11-12 girls’ race, Orient-Macksburg’s Bridget Bracy was the top area finisher, finishing 12th in 24:19.58. Nodaway Valley was paced by Day, who finished 28th in a time of 27:45.39. Nelson was next in 28:08.56 to place 30th, and Kading was 36th in 30:26.17.
The boys’ 11-12 race featured all of NV’s boys. Berg ran an 18:01.11 to place sixth. Broers, a junior, placed 14th with a time of 18:45.83. Piearson was 36th in 22:13.97, Cooper took 40th in 22:41.31 and Jensen was 51st in 24:53.63.
Nodaway Valley’s boys placed fifth, scoring 116 points, behind Winterset’s 33, Des Moines Christian’s 41, Interstate 35′s 83 and Ballard’s 84.