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Area cross country teams assigned qualifying meets

Three of the five Jasper County schools will run state qualifying cross country meets at Marshalltown on Oct. 18. Marshalltown is hosting a Class 4A — Newton — and a Class 1A meet — Baxter and Lynnville-Sully — and races begin at 3 p.m.

The two 2A schools in Jasper County were split up. Prairie City-Monroe makes the trip to Tipton and Colfax-Mingo is in the meet at Panora. The 2A races involving area teams begin at 4 p.m. on Oct. 18.

Newton High’s Cardinal harriers will compete in the Class 4A cross country meet along with host Marshalltown, Ames, Ankeny Centennial, Fort Dodge, Iowa City West, Mason City, Waterloo and Waukee. Waukee has the No. 2 girls’ squad and No. 3 boys’ squad in the rankings.

Ankeny Centennial has the No. 11 ranked teams for girls and boys. The Ames boys sit at No. 9 in the 4A rankings and the Iowa City West girls’ squad is ranked No. 12.

The 1A races at Marshalltown will be more crowded with 29 schools involved. There’s four 1A ranked boys’ teams in the meet including No. 1 Madrid. The girls’ race will have three ranked teams.

Lynnville-Sully and Baxter are joined by Ankeny Christian, Belmond-Klemme, Central Springs, Collins-Maxwell, Colo-NESCO, East Marshall, GMG, Hudson, Interstate 35, Iowa Christian Academy, Lake Mills, Madrid, Martensdale-St. Marys, Melcher-Dallas, Meskwaki Settlement School, Mason City Newman Catholic, North Iowa, North Linn, Northwood-Kensett, Ogden, Rockford, Saint Ansgar, South Hamilton, Southeast Warren, Wayne, West Fork and West Hancock.

In the Tipton 2A qualifying meet with PCM and Tipton are Central Lee, Danville/New London, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Louisa-Muscatine, Mediapolis, Mid-Prairie, Pella Christian, Springville-Central City, Van Buren, West Liberty and Williamsburg.

At Panora’s 2A qualifying meet with Colfax-Mingo and host Panorama are Albia, Central Decatur, Chariton, Clarinda, Des Moines Christian, Greene County, Pleasantville, Red Oak, Roland-Story, Shenandoah, Treynor, Underwood and Van Meter.

The top-ranked girls — Mid-Prairie — and top-ranked boys — Tipton — are in the 2A meet hosted by Tipton. Also in that race are the No. 2 Williamsburg girls and No. 9 Williamsburg boys. Springville-Central City’s girls are No. 11 and the Danville/New London girls are No. 12. Ranked No. 12 on the boys’ side is Davis County.

There are 11 of the top 30 Class 2A girls in the Tipton meet including No. 1 Marie Hostettler of Mid-Prairie and Emily Staal of Springville-Central City. Sixth-ranked Caleb Shumacker of Tipton its among five ranked runners in the boys’ division.

Colfax-Mingo’s teams will run against No. 3 Panorama and No. 14 Shenandoah girls’ squads and three ranked boys’ teams in No. 8 Roland-Story, No. 13 Des Moines Christian and No. 14 Albia.

Class 2A second-ranked Jerry Jorgenson of Treynor and No. 25 Landon Noe of Albia are in the boys’ field. Ella Waddle of Panorama is ranked No. 5 and Treynor’s Tori Castle is No. 21 in the girls’ division.

Newton High’s Cardinals will face a strong 4A field of runners. Waukee’s boys have third-ranked Moe Smith and No. 20 Travis Loecke leading the way. The Waukee girls have four runners ranked in the top 30 led by No. 9 Peyton Kelderman and No. 17 Sydney Shaffer.

Ankeny Centennial’s boys are led by No. 11 Gabrieal Vicker. Iowa City West’s girls are led by 14th-ranked Deniz Ince.

Baxter and Lynnville-Sully’s boys and girls face a tough 1A qualifying field at Marshalltown. Baxter junior Logan Berg, who is ranked No. 20, is among 12 ranked runners in the boys’ field, which includes top-ranked Sean McDermott of Madrid. There are five ranked girls paced by No. 4 J’lyn Knutson of Melcher-Dallas.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at
641-792-3121 ext. 6535

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