Panther girls win another title; boys are third at Anamosa

Ava Capron rounds a turn for Monticello at the Anamosa meet Saturday.

Cord Nietert of Monticello gains on rivals during the Anamosa Invitational Sept. 24. (Photos by Pete Temple)
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

   The Anamosa Invitational Cross Country Meet was another opportunity for the Monticello Panthers to see how they stack up against several other ranked teams in Eastern Iowa.

   They stack up pretty well.

   Monticello’s girls, ranked first in the state in Class 2A won a meet championship for the third straight week, totaling 36 points to win by 32 over runner-up and 3A fourth-ranked Solon. Tipton, ranked fifth in 2A, was third in the meet.

   The Panther boys, ranked seventh, finished third behind Tipton (ranked first in 2A) and Oelwein (third in 2A). Monticello finished ahead of Solon (12th in 3A) and Anamosa (14th in 2A) among others.

   Monticello coach Dan Sauser said that by multiple accounts, the course measured long by about 225 meters.

   “If you adjusted the times (for a 5K), they ran awesome,” Sauser said. “We saw a lot of people running their best.”

   The Panther girls took the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh individual spots with Emma Althoff, Leah Koehler, Marisa Kehoe and Ava Capron. Halle Recker was 15th.

   “The girls looked outstanding,” Sauser said. “It was one of their best races of the year. We’re going to take that and use it for the meets that are remaining.

   “We got a huge race out of Marisa Kehoe.”

   Chesney Capron ran third in the boys’ race, and was followed by Jacob Miller in 11th, Aedan Althoff in 16th, Cord Nietert in 25th and Alex Oswald in 34th.

   “Chesney is running as well as he’s ever run,” the coach said. “He looks strong, and looks confident.

   “Jacob Miller is really running well and is a strong number two runner. Aedan is gaining confidence, and Cord had a strong race for us.

   “We’ve got the guys up front. We need to push the three, four, five and six guys and move them up. If we can do that, we can compete with anybody in the state.”

   Reeve Graver won the junior varsity boys’ race, leading the Panther team to a first place finish.

   “The JV boys looked real strong too,” Sauser said. “If you adjust their times (to the correct distance), we had a lot of kids in the 18s and 19s. They were very impressive.”

   The JV girls took third place, tying with Solon by earning the spot via the sixth-runner tie-breaker. Savannah Freese led the team with a ninth-place individual finish.

On to Epworth

   Monticello will compete in the annual Western Dubuque Invitational Sept. 29. Race times: varsity girls at 4:15 p.m., varsity boys at 4:45 p.m., JV boys at 5:15 p.m., JV girls at 5:20 p.m.


Sept. 24

Anamosa Inv.


     1, Tipton 66; 2, Oelwein 70; 3, Monticello 70; 4, Solon 111; 5, Fort Madison 156; 6, North Linn 193; 7, Anamosa 198; 8, Cascade 200; 9, Maquoketa Valley 237; 10, Davenport Assumption 270; 11, Calamus-Wheatland 291; 12, Springville 295; 13, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 302; 14, South Winneshiek 315; 15, Clinton Prince of Peace 344.


     3, Chesney Capron, 17:26; 11, Jacob Miller, 17:59; 16, Aedan Althoff, 18:04; 25, Cord Nietert, 18:30; 34, Alex Oswald, 18:48; 45, Nathan Sauser, 19:11; 51, Walker Spence, 19:23.


     1, Monticello 36; 2, Solon 68; 3, Tipton 102; 4, South Winneshiek 117; 5, Davenport Assumption 122; 6, Fort Madison 145; 7, North Linn 153; 8, Cascade 160; 9, Anamosa 238; 10, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 295.


     4, Emma Althoff, 20:34; 5, Leah Koehler, 20:56; 6, Marisa Kehoe, 21:01; 7, Ava Capron, 21:02; 15, Halle Recker, 21:22; 50, Emily Hendricks, 24:09; 51, Katie Roher, 24:10.


     1, Monticello 26; 2, Solon 35; 3, Tipton 67; 4, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 117; 5, South Winneshiek 140.


     1, Reeve Graver, 19:01; 2, Rylan Bertling, 19:22; 4, Harrison Ahlrichs, 19:45; 6, Connor Eastin, 19:57; 13, Mace Schnoor, 20:30; 14, Royce Kiburz, 20:32; 15, Will Wolken, 20:42; 20, Alex Prull, 21:21; 25, Grant Gassman, 21:34; 27, Brennan Bohlken, 21:39; 29, Hayden Tomkins, 21:52; 44, Charly Lloyd, 22:55; 61, Cole Nietert, 24:54.


     1, Tipton 27; 2, Solon 32; 3, Monticello 91*, 4, South Winneshiek 91; 5, Davenport Assumption 115; 6, North Linn 160; 7, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 182.

* – earned placing via sixth runner tie-breaker rule


      9, Savannah Freese, 24:21; 16, Leah Schemmel, 25:10; 19, Ella Glawatz, 25:27; 21, Mya Postel, 25:58; 26, Bri Kearney, 26:36; 32, Serena Brokaw, 27:32; 37, Taylor Gassman, 28:36.




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