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Hiawatha Girls & Boys Cross Country Teams Take Titles at Holton Invite
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports
Hiawatha Cross Country Teams (photo courtesy of Jami Sue Hodge)

Full Holton Cross Country Invite Results (9-7-17) - Girls & Boys

The start gun fired and the runners were off and running in cross country competition at the Holton Invite on Thursday as several area teams were in action to keep the season rolling along. 

Leading the charge was the Hiawatha Red Hawks as the girls and boys swept the team titles each winning by a nice margin. The lady Red Hawks earned first place out of the nine schools fielding full teams winning by 44 points, while the boys took first out of 10 teams winning by 27 points. In the girls competition Cornerstone took second, while Jeff West and Jackson Heights placed third and fourth and Perry Lecompton rounded out the Top five finishing fifth. ACCHS, Royal Valley, McLouth and Maur Hill-Mount Academy finished the girl’s team performances placing sixth through ninth. On the boys side of competition Jackson Heights earned second place behind Hiawatha, while Perry Lecompton, Royal Valley and McLouth finished out the Top five team performances taking third, fourth and fifth. Maur Hill-Mount Academy, Cornerstone, Abilene, Holton and Jeff West rounded out the team finishes placing sixth through tenth. 

Hiawatha not only had the best team performances but were led by the by best times on the day in the varsity races. In the girls action Elizabeth Kettler raced to first place with a time of 21:10.97 over 1:30, while her teammates Kate Madsen and Emma Williams joined her in the Top 10 placing seventh (23:11.52) and ninth (23:41.41) out of 58 runners. Lady Red Hawks also had Jasmine Morey, Madison Gilbert and Mary Rosa finish in the Top 20 placing 12th, 16th and 17th. On the boy’s side of action the time of 18:11.78 earned Justin Hodge first place winning by 22 seconds. Andrew Lierz ran to a time of 20:01.72 to earn tenth place for Hiawatha, while Liam Jones, Parker Winters, Taylor Huges and Christian Shaffer placed 12th, 13th, 16th and 20th out of 73 runners. 

Jackson Heights boys earned second place as a team behind four Top 20 finishes including two in the Top 10. Dalton Chartier and Drew Holliday raced to times of 19:45.31 and 20:02.93 placing sixth and tenth, while AJ Mock and Xavier Fritz finished 17th and 19th. In the girls competition Shelby Phillips and Hanna Davault led the Cobras running to 11th and 13th place finishes. 

Royal Valley, McLouth and Perry Lecompton all a four Top 20 finishes on the day between the girls and boys races. For the Panthers Garrett Hicks led the way posting a time of 19:30.22 to earn fifth place in the boys race, while Nue Tinajero tallied an 15th place finish. On the girl’s side of action Katie Hanshaw and Chloe Richter finished 15th and 20th.

McLouth was led by Kody Driskill has he raced to a time of 20:00.84 to finish fourth and in the girls competition Baylee Wolfe notched a time of 23:03.50 to place fifth. While Justin Shufflebager placed 14th in the boys action and Ceara Funk finished 14th in the girls race. 

A fourth place finish by Josh Mitts in the boys race with a time of 19:30.22 led the Perry Lecompton Kaws. Joshua LeClair added an 18th place finish on the boy’s side, while Blaise Ball and Jolie Hirsch finished 18th and 19th in the girls race. 

Three area schools in Maur Hill, Wetmore and Jeff West had a pair of Top 20 finishers on the day. The Ravens recorded the second and third best times 18:32.88 and 18:52.91 in the boy’s race as Ayden Black and Isaiah Price posted those finishes.

For Wetmore Alena Pfrang earned fourth place in the girl’s race behind a time of 23:03.03 and Jonathan Hladkey-Bailey earned seventh with a time of 19:45.96. 

Jeff West was led by the performances of Makenzie and Macy Tucker who placed third and sixth in the girl’s race after running to times of 22:47.31 and 23:10.84. 

Riverside Cyclones were led by Matthew Kline who place eighth in the boy’s race with a time of 19:54.22, while ACCHS Tigers had Victoria Caplinger performance strong placing tenth in the girl’s race behind a time of 23:54.03.

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