Bontrager Punches her Ticket to State

Bontrager Punches her Ticket to State

Coach Marty Gingerich and Leah Bontrager are all smiles after Bontrager places third in the 1A state qualifier meet on Thursday.

Junior Leah Bontrager punched her ticket to the state cross country meet Thursday in Ottumwa.  Bontrager placed third in the 1A state qualifier meet hosted by Pekin at Wildwood Park.  Her time was 21:52.  The top ten individuals and the top two teams qualify to move on from each 1A qualifier meet to the state meet.  It was eighty degrees and humid at race time.  The course was soft after the previous night’s rain.  It was not going to be an easy race.  Bontrager ran smart and moved up through the field gradually.   Eventually she was in the fourth position heading to the finish.  Analee Bartels of Regina had been leading the race throughout much of the course.  She lost the lead with 100 meters to go and eventually fell before she crossed the line.  Bartels did get back up to walk across the line in second place before collapsing again.  She was disqualified for receiving assistance.  Leah was the fourth to cross the line, but moved up to third place after the disqualification.  Bontrager was the first to finish from the Southeast Iowa Super Conference.  Leah placed ahead of three SEISC runners who had beaten her twice during the year.  Julia Boller finished next for the Ravens placing thirty-sixth in 28:28.  Senior Kennedy Roth was the Raven’s final finisher placing forty-second in 30:32.  Kennedy ran a great race in her final appearance in a Hillcrest cross country jersey.  “It was great to have Kennedy back on the team for her senior year.  She brought extra doses of wisdom and common sense to the team.”  Rylee Dunkin of Twin Cedars won the race in 20:31.  Pekin won the team title, while Regina placed second and also moves on to the state meet.  

Girls Individual results
Leah Bontrager                     3rd                    21:52
Julia Boller                             36th                  28:28
Kennedy Roth                       42nd                  30:32

Team Scores
Pekin                                      28
Regina                                   38
Twin Cedars                        65
Wapello                                102

Bontrager also was the KCII JET Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week. Check out her interview: JET Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week.  She will run in the 1A state championship race at 3:30 p.m. Saturday October 31 at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge. 

Junior Collin Miller and Senior Will Kolck both ran great races to represent the Ravens at the state qualifier meet.  Miller placed forty-ninth in 21:19 while Kolck placed fifty-first in 21:28.  This was Kolck’s final race as a Raven cross country runner.  “Will’s positive attitude every day really helped the entire team this year.”  Isaac Natvig of Valley Lutheran won the boys race in 16:55.  Pekin won the team title while unranked Columbus Community placed second over eighth ranked Valley Lutheran to move on to the state meet.                        

Boys Individual results
Collin Miller                            49th                 21:19                          
Will Kolck                                51st                  21:28

Team Scores
Pekin                                                   56
Columbus Community                77
Valley Lutheran                               93
North Mahaska                               108                 
Iowa City Regina                            120
Winfield-Mt. Union                        146
Mediapolis                                         154
Wapello                                              173
Holy Trinity                                       209
Moravia                                               278     

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