Ravens host Early Bird cross country meet
Hillcrest Academy hosted the Early Bird cross country meet September 1 on the school’s campus and in the nearby Joetown woods. Masked athletes and fans scattered across the athletic fields and on the shaded trails to cheer on the runners. Hillcrest runner Leah Bontrager ran an excellent race placing eighth in 22:54, behind seven runners from Iowa City High. Bontrager ran the course 50 seconds faster than she did at the Early Bird in 2019. Julia Boller took nearly two minutes off her time from last year at this meet. She placed twenty-sixth in 27:21. Taryn Leichty was the team’s next finisher placing thirty-sixth in 30:35. Sophomore Rowan Boulter of City High won the race in new meet record time of 20:23.10, taking six seconds off her own record set last year. City High won the girls team race with a perfect score of 15. Senior Madeline Fox and sophomore Hannah Chalupa competed in the junior varsity race. Fox placed fourteenth in 25:31 and Chalupa placed thirty-sixth in 40:34. This was the first race as a Raven for Fox and the first cross country race ever for Chalupa. Thirty-nine runners finished the girls varsity race, and thirty-seven girls completed the junior varsity race.
Girls varsity results Girls junior varsity results
Leah Bontrager 8th 22:54 Madeline Fox 14th 25:31
Julia Boller 26th 27:21 Hannah Chalupa 36th 40:34
Taryn Leichty 36th 30:35
City High 15
Cedar Rapids Jefferson 65
Junior Collin Miller ran a career best time of 21:15 to place 21st in the boys varsity race to lead the Hillcrest Ravens. Miller took almost three minutes off his time at this meet last year. Seniors Jorge Canchola and Will Kolck both ran the race with injuries limiting their performances. Canchola placed fortieth in 23:35 and Kolck placed forty-first in 23:47. Senior Lukas Lamparek of Cedar Rapids Jefferson was the individual winner finishing in 17:41.42 on the challenging course. Lukas lowered his meet record time set last year by twenty seconds. Cedar Rapids Jefferson won the team title with a near perfect score of 19. 55 runners finished the boys junior varisty race and 48 runners finished the varsity race. The Ravens compete next at Fairfield on Thursday, September 10.
Boys varsity results Team Scores
Collin Miller 21st 21:15 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 19
Jorge Canchola 40th 23:35 Iowa City High 52
Will Kolck 41st 23:47 Washington 83
Winfield-Mt. Union 118
Lone Tree 146