Bontrager Wins Girls’ Race!

Bontrager Wins Girls’ Race!

Senior Leah Bontrager won her first cross country race ever at the English Valleys invitational Tuesday afternoon.  The course on the Knoll Ridge Golf Course in North English is the most challenging course the team usually sees.  Bontrager bid her time by not going to the front immediately.  She took the lead midway through the race and never looked back.  Leah’s winning time was 24:07 on the hilly 5 kilometer course. Morgyn Nafziger made the team’s biggest improvement over the previous two meets.  Morgyn placed sixteenth in 29:35.  Julia Boller was the Ravens third runner placing twenty-first in 32:06. None of the twelve schools present had enough runners for a team score.    

Girls Individual Placings 
Leah Bontrager         1st    24:07
Morgyn Nafziger     16th   29:35
Julia Boller                21st   32:06

Team Scores
None of the schools present had a full girls team (Hillcrest, Wilton, Belle Plaine, Durant, Highland, Sigourney, Lone Tree, English Valleys, WACO, Wapello, Tri-County, Iowa Valley)

Senior Collin Miller

Collin Miller and Micah Gerber both placed in the top ten of the boys race.  Miller placed fourth in 20:18.  “Collin has made steady improvements on this course during his high school career.  As a freshman he ran 29:08.  His sophomore time was 26:19. And last year he ran 23:48.” Freshman Micah Gerber placed seventh in 21:48.  Jesse Blossom placed twenty-fourth in 24:04.  Quang Huynh was the fourth Raven to cross the line.  He placed thirty-fourth in 27:20.   Garrett Hurst had the biggest improvement on his previous best time.  Garrett placed thirty-ninth in 30:50.  English Valleys won the team title with WACO placing second and Hillcrest third.  Senior Bryson Grove of English Valleys won the race in 18:33.  

The cross country teams compete next at the Center Point – Urbana Stormin’ Pointer Invitational Tuesday September 21.

Boys Individual Placings
Collin Miller            4th     20:18
Micah Gerber         7th     21:48
Jesse Blossom     24th    24:04
Quang Huynh       34th    27:20
Garrett Hurst        39th    30:50

Team Scores
English Valleys 31
Hillcrest 47

Girls’ Complete Results
Boys’ Complete Results