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Ryan Murphy, Gabby Skopec claim MVC individual cross country titles

Cedar Falls girls, Hempstead boys are team champions

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Ryan Murphy has visits to take, a decision to make.

He was at Madison a couple weeks ago, scoping out the University of Wisconsin cross country and track programs. He’s off to Tulsa this weekend, and deciding whether to check out Notre Dame, Arkansas or Oklahoma State with his other official visit.

The venue was Noelridge Park on Thursday afternoon, though. The description there was fast. And, for Murphy, triumphant.

A senior at Linn-Mar, Murphy led a speedy pack at the Mississippi Valley Conference cross country Super meet, outlegging Cedar Falls’ Sam Schillinger to win in 15 minutes, 15 seconds.

“That’s really fast,” Murphy admitted. “The race was really fast after the first mile. I think we went out in 5:13, then we picked it up from there.”

Murphy and Iowa City West’s Gabby Skopec were the individual champions. No surprise there.

Dubuque Hempstead’s boys and Cedar Falls’ girls were the team champs. Big surprise there.

All five of Hempstead’s scoring boys were in the top 20, and the Mustangs upset Cedar Rapids Prairie, 70-78, for the crown. Cedar Falls (99) was third, followed by Iowa City West (110) and Cedar Rapids Washington (112).

West and Iowa City High entered the meet ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in Class 4A girls, but Cedar Falls was the superior team on this day. The Tigers scored 59 points, followed by Hempstead (89), City High (94) and West (104).

“We’re not very happy with how we did as a team,” Skopec said. “We had a hard workout Tuesday, yes, but some of the girls didn’t put themselves in position to finish where they wanted.”

Skopec and teammate Bailey Nock gave West a 1-2 finish in 18:07 and 18:12, respectively. Prairie’s Hannah Frazee ran with Skopec for a while and finished in third (18:20), with Washington’s Reagan Gorman fourth (18:31).

“It didn’t feel super fast, but I knew the times would be pretty fast,” Skopec said. “I just wanted to go out and push it.”

The Noelridge course was measured at a true 5,000 meters, but the boys blistered it. Nine runners broke 16 minutes; 60 eclipsed 17 minutes.

Kolby Greiner and Ali Ali earned third- and fourth-place finishes in 15:45 and 15:47 for West. Linn-Mar’s Dalton Gosch (15:48) was fifth.

“I didn’t care about my time, just place,” Murphy said. “I was going for the win today. I figured it would be Sam and me. I made my move with about 600 meters to go.”

GIRLS RESULTS

Teams — 1. Cedar Falls 59, 2. Dubuque Hempstead 89, 3. Iowa City High 94, 4. Iowa City West 104, 5. Dubuque Senior 119, 6. C.R. Kennedy 159, 7. Linn-Mar 166, 8. Dubuque Wahlert 194, 9. C.R. Prairie 228, 10. C.R. Washington 299, 11. C.R. Xavier 307, 12. Waterloo West 351, 13. C.R. Jefferson 365.

Individuals — 1. Gabby Skopec (ICW), 18:07; 2. Bailey Nock (ICW), 18:12; 3. Hannah Frazee (CRP), 18:20; 4. Reagan Gorman (CRW), 18:31; 5. Cassidy Christopherson (CF), 18:44; 6. Hannah Brown (DH), 18:46; 7. Mackenzie Michael (CF), 18:49; 8. Mackenzie Gaherty (DS), 18:49; 9. Ashley Donovan (DS), 18:50; 10. Mary Arch (ICH), 18:51.

City High — 10. Arch, 14. Emily Bywater, 19:02; 20. Anna Lindower, 19:13; 24. Annie Rummelhart, 19:26; 26. Bridget Brown, 19:27.

I.C. West — 1. G.Skopec, 2. Nock, 31. Claire Ronnebaum, 19:37; 32. Olivia Moore, 19:40; 38. Jessie Skopec, 19:54.

Kennedy — 12. Ella Popenhagen, 18:58; 18. Hannah Fusselman, 19:04; 35. Brooklyn Button, 19:47; 36. Olivia Hamblin, 19:48; 58. Brianna McLaughlin, 20:59.

Linn-Mar — 17. Maddie Mann, 19:03; 22. Abby Van Rheenen, 19:19; 40. Deanna Newhouse, 19:56; 41. Maddy Genskow, 19:59; 46. Rachel Bohnenkamp, 20:09.

Prairie — 3. Frazee, 53. Cayla Renwick, 20:33; 54. Alissa Neubauer, 20:36; 55. Avery Henderson, 20:41; 63. Megan Grimm, 21:13.

Washington — 4. Gorman, 49. Sarah Altemeier, 20:20; 73. Mekela Spence, 21:41; 85. Ashley Hageman, 23:33; 88. Olivia Kennedy, 24:13.

Xavier — 47. Peyton Recker, 20:16; 52. Katie Tallett, 20:29; 66. Ellie Tanko, 21:21; 70. Maggie Stutzman, 21:31; 72. Claire Iversen, 21:33.

Jefferson — 50. Autumn Anderson, 20:26; 76. Makayla Belew, 21:49; 78. Adriana Hargrove, 22:15; 80. Alex Smith, 22:34; 81. Anna Netz, 22:44.

BOYS RESULTS

Teams — 1. Dubuque Hempstead 70, 2. C.R. Prairie 78, 3. Cedar Falls 99, 4. Iowa City West 110, 5. C.R. Washington 112, 6. Iowa City High 131, 7. Linn-Mar 165, 8. Dubuque Senior 169, 9. Dubuque Wahlert 215, 10. C.R. Kennedy 226, 11. C.R. Xavier 340, 12. Waterloo West 345, 13. C.R. Jefferson 365, 14. Waterloo East 462.

Individuals — 1. Ryan Murphy (LM), 15:15; 2. Sam Schillinger (CF), 15:20; 3. Kolby Greiner (ICW), 15:45; 4. Ali Ali (ICW), 15:47; 5. Dalton Gosch (LM), 15:48; 6. Jalen Hildebrand (DS), 15:49; 7. Addison Kalb (DH), 15:55; 8. Sam McDermott (CRW), 15:55; 9. Cam Steffens (CRP), 15:59; 10. Max Laue (CRP), 16:00.

Prairie — 9. Steffens, 10. M.Laue, 15. Robert Laue, 16:08; 18. Matt Lorenz, 16:12; 26. Elijah Vlasek, 16:20.

I.C. West — 3. Greiner, 4. Ali, 23. Andrew Murley, 16:17; 31. Ethan Trepka, 16:29; 49. Kyle Sulwer, 16:54.

Washington — 8. McDermott, 22. Patrick Gorman, 16:17; 25. Max Locher, 16:19; 28. Lewis Kleman, 16:23; 29. Paul Schneidermann, 16:24.

City High — 12. Michael Berg, 16:03; 14. Matthew Dodge, 16:06; 33. Lucas Firmstone, 16:32; 35. Dalton Zenner, 16:37; 37. Robbie Strang, 16:38.

Linn-Mar — 1. Murphy, 5. Gosch, 43. Colin Johnston, 16:47; 57. Sam Vezina, 16:58; 59. Johnny Sietz, 16:59.

Kennedy — 32. Jackson Foley, 16:30; 38. Sean Casey, 16:40; 45. Haji Ali, 16:50; 53. Jacob Ciabatti, 16:55; 58. Gage Cadenhead, 16:58.

Xavier — 52. John Pape, 16:55; 66. Joe Scieszinski, 17:07; 72. Mahlon Steepleton, 17:12; 74. Nolan Pithan, 17:15; 76. Jonathan Lansing, 17:17.

Jefferson — 54. Sri Sheshashai, 16:56; 64. Robert Larson, 17:03; 81. Aidan Meyer, 17:42; 82. Christopher Haring, 18:17; 84. Kane Kramer, 18:18.

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