North Mahaska boys showed they will be a contender on any cross country field. The Warhawks had all five scoring runners run under 19 minutes to place third in the highly competitive meet.
North Mahaska scored 82 points to place third behind Danville-New London with 27 and Mediapolis with 64. Fairfield was distant fourth at 114 points.
Several teams did not have enough to score. Brayden Veiseth was ninth overall in the field of 91 runners in 17 minutes 42 seconds. Lane Harmon and Nate Sampson placed 16th and 17th respectively overall in 18:18 and 18:19 but 14th and 15th in the team race. Asher DeBoef placed 21st in 18:38 and Ben Yang was 23rd in 18:45.
Andy Knockel was 30th in 19:33; 49th was Kincaid Mitchell 22:04; Clay Thompson 67th 22:46 and Larry Mohr 85th in 28:11.
Aly Steil had a solid run in her first varsity outing. The freshman clocked a 22:06 to place ninth overall. Chloe Glosser of Pekin was first in 19:18 followed by Alaina Gourley of Danville-New London in 19:49. North Mahaska’s other runner Vanessa Murphy finished in 32:52.
Pekin won the girls meet with 46 points and Ottumwa was runnerup with 68 points.
“I thought they all ran really hard,” said coach Seth Streebin. “They all practiced hard leading up to the race and I felt like they were ready to go out and run good races and they did. We got third as a team.
“Aly ran really well. She had a good, consistent pace the whole race and was able to keep up with the girls that were leading the race. Ninth place in her first high school meet is pretty impressive.”
North Mahaska’s junior high runners did well though short on numbers. For the boys Maddox Wynja ran fourth overall in 9:28. Pekin’s Mason Dahlstrom won the meet with a run of 8:36 outdistancing Ottumwa’s Garret Pumphrey in 8:45. Leo Jirak finished ahead of Wynja in 9:09. Cain Grandia placed 27th in 11:34.
Aly Mohr placed 13th in 12;12 as she was the only Warhawk runner. Brynn Clarahan of Sigourney won in 10:09 and Kia Montgomery of Sigourney was second in 10:30.
Varsity Boys Team Finish
Danville-New London 27, Mediapolis 64, 3. North Mahaska 82, 4. Fairfield 114, 5. Montezuma 133, 6. Colfax-Mingo 159, 7. Pekin 182, 8. Van Buren 188, 9. Ottumwa 223.