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Bobcat harriers bumped back at IC West

September 26, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF (sports@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

IOWA CITY - The clock may not have always shown it, but the Marshalltown boys and girls cross country teams took another step forward at the Iowa City West Invite Tuesday.

The Bobcat boys placed eighth with a score of 217 edging Class 3A No. 5 Mount Vernon-Lisbon. Both squads tallied the same score but Marshalltown placed their sixth runner (68th) ahead of the Mustangs (72nd). Placing four runners in the top nine and five in the top 16, Class 4A No. 2 ranked Iowa City West topped the 13-team field with a score of 42. Class 4A No. 12 Cedar Rapids Washington (70) and Davenport Central (79) rounded out the top three. Class 4A No. 11 Cedar Rapids Prairie grabbed fourth with a score of 119.

"We ran a little better tonight than we did two weeks ago on the same course. The times may not have been much better but we closed the gap on some of the same runners," said Bobcats head coach Tim Bell.

Bell was impressed with his top tandem's fearlessness against a strong field.

Zach Wells led the Bobcats placing 13th in a time of 16 minutes, 52 seconds.

"I liked how Zach ran aggressive against some highly ranked runners," said Bell.

Fact Box

Iowa City West Invite

At Ashton Cross Country Course, Iowa City

Boys

Team Standings - 1. Iowa City West 42, 2. C.R. Washington 70, 3. Davenport Central 79, 4. CR Prairie 119, 5. Bettendorf 147, 6. Muscatine 154, 7. CR Kennedy 196, 8. Marshalltown 217, 9. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 217, 10. CR Xavier 218, 11. Iowa City Regina 311, 12. North Cedar 345, 13. Pekin 384

Individual (top 10) - 1. Etienne Nzoyisaba, CRW, 16:01; 2. Mitch Pritts, CRP, 16:03; 3. Joe Berry, CRW, 16:05; 4. Bailey Wetherell, ICW, 16:06; 5. Bennett Luedtke, 16:16, MUSC; 6. Daniel Gardarsson, ICW, 16:24; 7. Isaac Jensen, ICW, 16:24; 8. Mason Tope, DC, 16:30; 9. Patrick Karanja, ICW, 16:35; 10. Matt Smith, DC, 16:41

Marshalltown (217) - 13. Zach Wells, 16:52; 24. Daniel Talbert, 17:15; 58. Sam Johnson, 18:10; 59. Trae Peterson, 18:14; 68. Hunter Bernard, 18:47; 80. Nathan Phillips, 19:38

Girls

Team Standings - 1. CR Kennedy 36, 2. Iowa City West 57, 3. Bettendorf 76, 4. Davenport Assumption 92, 5. Pekin 183, 6. CR Xavier 193, 7. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 198, 8. Iowa City Regina 226, 9. Marshalltown 259, 10. CR Washington 261. 11. Muscatine 276, 12. Lone Tree 325, 13. CR Prairie 328

Individual (top 10) - 1. Ashlynn Yokom, ICW, 14:16; 2. Shannon Gorman, CRW, 14:31; 3. Katie Wampole, CRK, 14:41; 4. Alyssa Averhoff, CRK, 14:44; 5. Anna Peer, BETT, 14:45; 6. Allison Culver, CRK, 14:52; 7. Gwynne Wright, Pekin, 14:55; 8. Lauren Meyer, CRK, 14:58; 9. Mahnee Watts, BETT, 15:06' 10. Molly Leveille, ICW, 15:13

Marshalltown (259) - 33. Rachel Blagg, 16:08; 40. Michaela Huey, 16:29; 59. Wynn Tan, 17:08; 60. Victoria Jones, 17:16; 67. Ellyn Boland, 17:43; 74. Kari Smith, 18:08; 79. Abby Snyder, 18:25

Daniel Talbert also tallied a top-25 finish claiming 24th in 17:15.

"Daniel by far has his best race. He ran very competitive," added Bell.

Sam Johnson and Trae Peterson finished 58th and 59th respectively, while Nestor Sanchez completed Marshalltown's team score in 64th.

Led by a 33rd-place finish from Rachel Blagg, the Marshalltown girls placed ninth out of 13 teams with a score of 259. Class 4A No. 3 ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy took the team title with a score of 36, placing four runners in the top eight and five in the top 15. Class 4A No. 5 Iowa City West (57) took second and No. 6 Bettendorf (76) was third. Class 3A No. 2 Davenport Assumption grabbed fourth with 92 points.

Blagg came through in a time of 16:08 and Michaela Huey wasn't far behind taking 40th in 16:29.Wynn Tan and Victoria Jones placed 61st and 62nd respectively, while Ellyn Boland wrapped up the team score in 69th.

Bell was encouraged by his team's improvement against the competition, especially considering the higher temps.

"It was warmer than what is has been and it did have an effect on the runners," said Bell.

The Bobcats hope to cruise through the distractions of a busy week and maintain their momentum moving forward.

"We now need to get through homecoming week and concentrate on solid training," said Bell.

The Bobcats return to action Thursday, October 4, at the Des Moines Lincoln Invite at Ewing Park. Races get underway at 4:30 p.m.

 
 

 

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