Striding Forward: Ravens Cross Country Make Big Improvement on Their Times

Striding Forward: Ravens Cross Country Make Big Improvement on Their Times

Senior Collin Miller

Senior Collin Miller led the Hillcrest Ravens at the Fairfield Invitational cross country meet held at Waterworks Park Thursday under clear skies with temperatures in the low 70s.  Miller took nearly one minute off his Early Bird time from last week finishing in 20:39 for eighty-fourth place.  Micah Gerber was the next Raven finisher clocking 20:57 for ninety-fifth place.  Jesse Blossom was the teams’ number three runner finishing in 23:40 for one hundred fifty-seventh place.  Blossom took 2:40 off his Early Bird time.  Quang Huynh had Hillcrest’s biggest improvement from the Early Bird meet taking 3:50 off his previous personal best.  Huynh finished in 26:37.  Garrett Hurst was the Ravens fifth scoring runner finishing in 32:35.  Hillcrest placed thirteenth in the field of thirteen full teams.  Lance Sobaski of Washington was the individual winner finishing in 16:34.  Danville-New London won the boys team title.

Boys Results
Individual Placings
Collin Miller                     84th             20:39
Micah Gerber                  95th             20:57
Jesse Blossom               157th           23:40
Quang Huynh                 183rd           26:37
Garrett Hurst                  195th           32:35                 

Team Scores
Danville-New London              32
Clear Creek-Amana                    71
Washington                                 117
Oskaloosa                                     134
Mt. Pleasant                                 186
Chariton                                        196
Fairfield                                         198
Ft. Madison                                  200
Burlington                                    252
Ottumwa                                       255
Winfield-Mt. Union                    360
WACO                                              528
Hillcrest Academy                     633

The Ravens girls cross country team showed a big improvement Thursday in Fairfield over their performances at the Early Bird meet last week.  Each of the teams top three finishers took over two minutes off their time from the previous week.  Senior Leah Bontrager had both teams top finish placing thirty-eighth in 23:48.  Delaney Shaw placed ninety-ninth in 27:13 and Morgyn Nafziger placed one hundred twenty-fifth in 30:19.  Julia Boller was three places back completing the course in 31:10.  Clear Creek-Amana won the team title by a mere four points over Washington.  Haidyn Barker from Clear Creek-Amana won the individual title in 20:47.  The Ravens compete next at Noll Ridge Country club in North English Tuesday, September 14. 

Girls Results
Individual Placings
Leah Bontrager                         38th           23:48
Delaney Shaw                            99th           27:13
Morgyn Nafziger                     125th           30:19                                      
Julia Boller                               128th           31:10

Team Scores
Clear Creek-Amana                             72
Washington                                            76
Pekin                                                          90
Fairfield                                                   135
Ottumwa                                                 143
Mt. Pleasant                                           145
Fort Madison                                          221
Danville/New London                         290
Cardinal                                                    305
Chariton                                                    332
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont       369

Girls Complete Results
Boys Complete Results