FORT DODGE, IA – The Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union jointly hosted the 2020 State Cross Country Championship Meets Friday and Saturday at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge. Several area teams and athletes participated in the two-day event, with Class 3A and 4A competing Friday, and 1A and 2A Saturday.
To open the festivities, Ottumwa senior Meghan Coulter ran in the Class 4A girls meet. Coulter earned a trip to state with a 9th place finish at the Bulldogs’ Qualifying Meet in Pleasant Hill with a time of 20:37.2. On this Friday in Fort Dodge, the senior bested that qualifying time by over eight seconds: 20:28.9, finishing 80th in the individual standings.
The other area runner on the course Friday was Oskaloosa junior Patrick DeRonde, who had to wait for the final race of the day featuring the Class 3A boys. After a top five finish at Pella in the Indians Qualifying Meet, DeRonde placed 37th at the State Meet with a time of 17:13.0.
On day two, a several area teams and a pair of individual athletes took to the course. Opening the day, the Class 2A girls ran for the title, featuring the Davis County squad who earned top honors at their Qualifying Meet in Panora to punch their ticket to state. On this day, however, the Lady Mustangs placed 9th of 15 teams, led by a 34th place finish from junior Macy Hill, 21:33.9. The Other Davis County results were as follows:
46 Tatum Turner, Sr. 21:49.1
47 Makayla Bachman, So. 21:51.9
54 Addison Stuchel, So. 22:01.5
57 Morgan Klaus, Sr. 22:03.3
77 Madison Matheny, Sr. 23:03.0
81 Karston Nebel, Fr. 23:09.5
Total Time = 1:49:19.7 Total Places = 238
It was the boys turn next as the Mustangs hoped to repeat their first place performance from their qualifying meet as well. Davis County was also joined by the Albia boys squad who earned a trip to state finishing second behind the Mustang boys in Panora. A top-ten finish from both Kenny Cronin, 17:07.7, and Carson Shively, 17:11.0, finishing 7th and 8th, respectively, allowed Davis County to finish 5th out of 15 teams in the 2A Championship. Albia, led by a 17th place finish by junior Dawson Bonnett (17:53.3) came in at 14.
Additional Davis County individual results:
31 Mike Amsden, Sr. 18:15.6
40 Brody Humphrey, Jr. 18:25.0
51 Taylor Huggins, Jr. 18:37.6
59 Weston Shively, Sr. 18:48.7
62 David Nash, Sr. 19:01.5
Total Time = 1:29:36.9 Total Places = 137
Additional Albia individual results:
64 Brock Ratliff, Sr. 19:05.5
76 John Pistek, So. 19:24.9
78 Ethan Stalzer, Fr. 19:27.5
82 Max Teno, Sr. 19:32.7
88 Cj Ratliff, Jr. 19:43.9
100 Travis Sheffield, Sr. 20:28.9
Total Time = 1:35:23.9 Total Places = 317
To conclude the day, Class 1A boys and girls took to the course. Similar to the boys and girls from Bloomfield, the Pekin Panthers had both earned first place finishes at their home Qualifying Meet in Packwood to advance to the 1A Championships. The girls followed that performance with a 4th place finish out of 16 teams, led by freshman Lauren Steigleder who finished 12th with a time of 20:45.2.
Additional Pekin individual results:
25 Lauren Derscheid, Jr. 21:38.1
31 Lily Fariss, Jr. 21:45.3
43 Aubrey Fariss, Fr. 22:11.4
50 Sarah Eubanks, Jr. 22:26.5
75 Sabrina Reneker, So. 23:22.4
80 Mia Clark, Jr. 23:34.7
Total Time = 1:48:46.5 Total Places = 161
Van Buren County junior Faith Neeley ran as an individual as well, placing 92nd with a 22:36.7.
In the boys race, Pekin senior Brady Millikin finished fourth with a time of 16:33.3. The Panthers, as a team, placed 9th of 16.
Additional Pekin individual results:
36 Jayden Wolver, Fr. 18:09.2
42 Isaac Gentry, Fr. 18:21.6
81 Ben Guise, Fr. 19:42.5
101 Gavyn Brown, So. 20:41.2
104 Chandler Stull, Jr. 21:16.7
108 Zach Wise, Jr. 23:15.2
Total Time = 1:33:27.8 Total Places = 263
Sigourney’s Mason Moore finished 124th in the individual standings at 19:48.4.
Congratulations to all runners on an outstanding season, and for making it to their respective State Championship Meet!