Panther girls step up to record third meet victory

Peyton Ries (left) and Marisa Kehoe help lead Monticello to a team championship at Western Dubuque. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Nicholas Schrader of the Panthers runs by a cornfield at the Sept. 28 meet in Epworth.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

   A sign of a strong team is its ability to perform at a high level without some of its key athletes.

   That was the case for the Monticello girls cross country team Sept. 28 in Epworth, as the Panthers won their third straight meet championship, the Western Dubuque Invitational.

   They did so despite running without two of their top seven runners, Halle Recker and Kaitlin Kunde, for precautionary reasons.

   “The fact the girls went out there and won, was great,” Monticello coach Dan Sauser.

   Monticello’s boys, also without some key runners, finished eighth in their race.

   “We were running light again,” Sauser said. “I thought it was a good finish for the team we had there. When we get one or two more runners back in there, we’re going to go from eighth to probably third or fourth real quick.”

   The girls, who won by five points over Decorah, were led by Leah Koehler, who finished seventh individually in 21:23.4. In all, Monticello had four of the top 15 runners, as Peyton Ries was 10th, Marisa Kehoe 12th and Ava Capron 15.

   “Peyton Ries is just starting to see her potential,” coach Sauser said. “She’s just going to get better as she gains more confidence in her ability and how hard she can push herself.

   “Leah, Ava and Marisa gave us solid races. Our one through four ran real well, and then we had Emmy (Verhagen, 31st) step up to be our number five runner. It was enough to get it done.”

   Alex Oswald led the boys, taking 15th place in 17:59.0. He was followed by Mace Schnoor in 44th, Alan Arriaga-Rangel in 58th, Brennan Bohlken 60th, and Nicholas Schrader 84th.

   “Alex would be on anybody’s varsity that was in that meet,” the coach said. “We’re really happy with the senior season Alex is having.

   “Mace and Alan each had a good race. Nicholas was one of those who stepped up. When you’re running light, you have to have kids step up.

   “I’ve got a good feeling that things are going to come together for the boys.”

   Ben Welter, who ran in the JV boys’ race, was the only Panther to record a season’s best time. Grant Gassman was the JV boys’ individual leader, and Katie Stadtmueller led the JV girls.

DeWitt next

   The Panthers will travel to Grace Lutheran Bible Camp in DeWitt Oct. 5 for the annual meet there.

   Starting times for Monticello’s teams will be 4:45 p.m. for varsity boys, 5:15 p.m. for varsity girls, and a staggered start for JV boys, then girls, starting at 5:45 p.m. There is a freshman-sophomore race at 4 p.m., but Monticello won’t participate in that.


Sept. 28

W. Dubuque Inv.


     1, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 17; 2, Central DeWitt 74; 3, Decorah 89; 4, Waterloo West 111; 5, Western Dubuque 167; 6, Dyersville Beckman 201; 7, Springville 228; 8, Monticello 237; 9, Dubuque Wahlert 259; 10, Maquoketa 293; 11, Calamus-Wheatland 294; 12, Cascade 309; 13, Independence 330; 14, Clinton Prince of Peace 353; 15, Easton Valley 407; 16, Bellevue Marquette 412.


     15, Alex Oswald, 17:59.0; 44, Mace Schnoor, 19:11.5; 58, Alan Arriaga-Rangel 19:49.2; 60, Brennan Bohlken, 19:57.8; 84, Nicholas Schrader, 21:00.3; 96, Royce Kiburz, 21:39.1; 119, Emmit Rickels, 24:47.9.


     1, Monticello 65; 2, Decorah 70; 3, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 98; 4, Western Dubuque 99; 5, Dubuque Wahlert 108; 6, Dyersville Beckman 123; 7, Waukon 150; 8, Camanche 209; 9, Central DeWitt 223.


     7, Leah Koehler, 21:23.4; 10, Peyton Ries, 21:32.1; 12, Marisa Kehoe, 21:35.1; 15, Ava Capron, 21:43.1; 31, Emmy Verhagen, 22:53.6; 55, Bri Kearney, 24:23.7; 65, Leah Schemmel, 25:04.4.


     1, Decorah 31; 2, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 35; 3, Central DeWitt 108; 4, Dubuque Wahlert 128; 5, Clayton Ridge 131; 6, Waterloo West 136; 7, Western Dubuque 179; 8, Monticello 237; 9, Dyersville Beckman 252.


     43, Grant Gassman, 21:22.6; 77, Ben Welter, 23:30.2; 84, Gabe Kraus, 24:06.5; 90, Brandon Kunde, 24:42.5; 96, Matthew Beanblossom, 26:42.7.



     13, Katie Stadtmueller, 24:50.3; 27, Lauren Verhagen, 25:52.0; 64, Taylor Gassman, 28:57.7; 87, Skylar Christensen, 31:50.1.




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