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Jasper County runners claim medals at Pleasantville Invite

PCM girls take team title

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 10:24 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 11:25 a.m. CST

PLEASANTVILLE — It was an all Jasper County race in the girls’ division of Monday’s Pleasantville cross country meet. The top three teams were Prairie City-Monroe with 63 points, Lynnville-Sully with 80 points and Colfax-Mingo with 86 points.

The PCM boys claimed second place in their division and Colfax-Mingo took fifth. Lynnville-Sully is up to four boy runners now, but still does not field a full team at meets.

There were no official complete results available from the meet. Lynnville-Sully coach Darin Arkema provided places and times for the Hawk runners. Colfax-Mingo coach Zach Tomas provided the medal winners for the Tigerhawks. 

Jasper County runners claimed nine of the top 15 individual medals. Colfax-Mingo’s Abbey McConeghey was the top finisher among area runners, claiming second place. Right behind her was Lynnville-Sully’s Mary Kate Shaver, running the 5K race in 21 minutes. 45 seconds.

PCM’s Kirstin Ives ran fourth. Three other Mustang girls earned medals in Megan Townley, Baylee Smith and Klaire Jungling, according to PCM twitter accounts. No times or places were available from PCM.

Lynnville-Sully’s Abby Gruver earned the sixth-place medal in 22:35 and Megan Van Zante took 15th for the Hawks. Colfax-Mingo’s Illa Hostetter ran ninth overall.

“Mary Kate continues to be patient and race within herself early, but never takes the foot off the gas,” Lynnville-Sully Coach Arkema said. “Abby made a big jump in places over the last two miles, moving up 13 spots.”

Other Lynnville-Sully girls’ results had Emily Van Gorp taking 23rd in 24:34, Ashton Thomson in 33rd at 25:26, Haley Breeden in 34th at 25:29 and Abigail Davis in 44th at 27:57.

“Emily was a big difference maker tonight, accepting the challenge to race up and fill the void without Christine Nikkel, who didn’t run because of illness,” Arkema said.

PCM’s Jason Stafford led the area boys’ as he placed fourth and his teammate Beau Webb also medaled, according to reports. No other results were available for PCM at presstime.

Colfax-Mingo’s Cauy Fitch paced the Tigerhawk boys with a fifth-place finish. Josh Dunsbergen was the top runner for Lynnville-Sully claiming sixth in 18:57.

“We had several personal bests across the board tonight and our kids continue to improve. I know our boys and girls have not yet reached their full potential,” Tomas said.

Mason Jansen finished in 22nd for Lynnville-Sully, running the race in 20:49. Joseph Anderson was 30th in 22:09 and Luke Kramer was 60th in 27:36.

In the girls’ junior varsity race, Lynnville-Sully’s Brittney Hansen earned a third-place medal in 25:58. Hailey Scandridge was 12th in 28:10 and Hadely Tice took 15th in 28:57.

All four — Colfax-Mingo, PCM, Baxter and Lynnville-Sully — Jasper County schools compete in Thursday’s Lynnville-Sully Invitational. The first race of the meet is the high school girls at 4:30 p.m. on the Diamond Trail Golf Course in Lynnville.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at 641-792-3121 ext. 6535 or jsheets@newtondailynews.com

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