Prep Sports

Clear Creek Amana boys' cross country earns highest state finish, first individual medalist

Class 3A State XC: Center-Point Urbana's Adrianna Katcher denied third girls' title

FORT DODGE — The Clear Creek Amana boys’ cross country team continues to charge up the state rankings.

Two years ago, the Clippers were 14th at the state meet. Last year, they broke into the top 10. After their performance Saturday at the Class 3A state championships at Lakeside Golf Course, all that is left is a state title.

“We are so, so happy with this,” Clear Creek Amana Coach Ben Robison said after the Clippers finished second in the team race with 80 points, 16 behind repeat-champion Gilbert. “I’m over the moon right now. I’m so excited.”

The runner-up finish is the highest in school history for Clear Creek Amana, which was led by junior Jack Sexton, who finished seventh overall in 16:21.5.

Sexton is the first individual medalist for the Clear Creek Amana boys’ cross country program. Four other Clippers — sophomore Brandon Barker, senior Cole Liebe, sophomore Caleb Alcorn and junior Nick O’Connor — were all among the top-27 runners.

“We’ve been locked in since the beginning of summer,” Sexton said. “We were in the weight room and we were out running almost every day this summer. I think it has propelled us to where we are now.”

Marion was third overall, 22 points behind the Clippers. Senior Harrison Vanderlinden placed eighth in 16:22.5 for the Indians, while junior Cole Hemann was 11th. A third Marion runner, junior Gaven Hiler, finished 18th.

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“Their whole attitude going in was just where it needed to be,” second-year Marion Coach Terri Kenney said. “They had a lot of big goals and they’ve been working hard all year. We had our ups and downs just like every other team does, but they came together at the perfect time.”

Mount Pleasant senior Cody Mertens won the individual state title in 16:03.10. Center Point-Urbana sophomore Luke Post placed fourth in 16:15.0.

“I surprised myself,” Post said. “I felt really good today and I just went out and ran my race.”

Decorah sophomore Brady Hogan and senior Gus Hayes finished 12th and 13th, respectively, for a Vikings team that was eighth in the team race.

In the 3A girls’ race, Center Point-Urbana junior Arianna Katcher was denied a third-consecutive state championship when she was outpaced by nearly eight seconds by Glenwood senior Janette Schraft (18:22.5), who ran in 1A last season for East Mills.

“I gave it my all,” Katcher said. “I tried to keep a pace that I thought other people wouldn’t be able to keep. At the end, she just outkicked me.”

Dubuque Wahlert won the girls’ team title for the second year in a row.

 

CLASS 3A CROSS COUNTRY STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

At Fort Dodge

(Lakeside Golf Course)

Girls’ results

Teams — 1. Dubuque Wahlert 56; 2. Dallas Center-Grimes 85; 3. Glenwood 171; 4. Ballard 173; 5. S.C. Heelan 180; 6. Pella 190; 7. Atlantic 210; 8. Harlan 216; 9. Grinnell 222; 10. North Polk 229; 11. Solon 241; 12. Charles City 241; 13. Decorah 245; 14. Norwalk 275; 15. Spencer, 304.

Individuals (Top 3 plus area) — 1. Janette Schraft (Glenwood), 18:22.50; 2. Adrianna Katcher (CPU), 18:30.30; 3. Gabby Moran (DW), 18:51.20; 30. Aubrey Frey (MV-L), 20:11.80; 42. Hallie Kephart (Mar), 20:29.70; 50. Abby Rinderknecht (BC), 20:39.40; 54. Corrina Dittmer (Mar), 20:43.50; 62. Callie Frakes (ST), 20:49.40; 79. Peyton Steffen (Mar), 21:14.50; 110. Hannah Denman (CRX), 21:40.50;

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SOLON (241): 14. Kiersten Conway 20:01.70; 34. Emma Bock 20:45.90; 49. Kaia Holtkap 21:11.50; 59. Meghan O’Neill 21:19.40; 85. Nicole Shafer 21:51.70.

DECORAH (245): 28. Leila Johnson 20:36.80; 32. Shayla Betts 20:45.20; 57. Fiona Buresh 21:18.70; 62. Brooke Courtney 21:22.10; 66. Meg Sessions 21:24.20.

 

Boys’ results

Teams — 1. Gilbert 64; 2. Clear Creek Amana 80; 3. Marion 102; 4. Carlisle 128; 5. Pella 182; 6. Dubuque Wahlert 188; 7. Dallas Center-Grimes 200; 8. Decorah 207; 9. Humboldt 241; 10. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 246; 11. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 255; 12. Grinnell 278; 13. Moc-Floyd Valley 283; 14. Glenwood 290; 15. Atlantic 350.

CLEAR CREEK AMANA (80): 4. Jack Sexton 16:21.50; 17. Brandon Barker 16:56.70; 18. Cole Lieve 16:58.50; 20. Caleb Alcorn 17:04.20; 21. Nick O’Connor 17:07.90

MARION (102): 5. Harrison Vanderlinden 16:22.50; 7. Cole Hemann 16:32.70; 13. Gaven Hiler 16:50.80; 35. Shane Erb 17:25.80; 42. Will Hernandez 17:31.20;

DECORAH (207): 8. Brady Hogan 16:38.80; 9. Gus Hayes 16:42.80; 50. Brayden Krivacheck 17:40.30; 69. Willem Hawley 17:58.70; 71. Hoah Lovelace 17:59.50;

MOUNT VERNON-LISBON (255): 38. David Wolfe 17:29.70; 44. Oliver Crocker 17:32.60; 47. Caden Eskelsen 17:36.50; jackson Meeker 17:42.90; 70. Jeremy Ferguson 17:58.80;

 

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