Prep Sports

State cross country qualifier: A pack race is a winning race for Washington

Warriors capture boys' title at Noelridge 4A qualifier

CEDAR RAPIDS — It worked in the past. So the Washington Warriors brought back a speedy pack.

“My sophomore year, we did it and we won the district meet,” Paul Schneidermann said. “Today, it was the same idea. I wanted to stay with the second guy as long as I could, the other guys followed, and we executed it perfectly.”

Cedar Rapids Washington’s top four guys ran 3-4-5-6, and the Warriors carried that to the boys’ championship at the Class 4A state-qualifying cross country meet Thursday afternoon at Noelridge Park.

Staying in a team pack is one thing. Doing it at the front of the race is a little more tricky. Well, a lot more tricky.

Schneidermann stayed on the heels of Cedar Falls’ Brandon Conrad and finished third. The next three finishers were teammates Max Locher, Khory Nobles and Lewis Kleman.

That enabled Washington to run away with the 4A boys’ team title with 36 points. Cedar Falls (54) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy (80) also qualified for the state meet Oct. 27 at Lakeside Golf Course, Fort Dodge.

In addition to the top three teams, the top 15 individuals advance to state.

That includes Kennedy’s Jacob Green and Linn-Mar’s Micah Poellet.

Green, a junior, captured the boys’ title in 15:59, pulling away after a mile. Conrad was second in 16:06.

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“I knew I had to break away from those guys early,” Green said. “I went out hard and got a feel for the crowd. When I got to 2 miles, I pulled back a little and took it from there.”

Poellet was dominant. Her personal-best effort of 17:52 was 39 seconds better than the nearest contestant.

“I really wanted to go sub-18,” she said. “When I got tired, I kept thinking about that, and imagined the other girls catching up to me.”

The 4A girls’ race was a nail-biter, with a razor-thin margin among four teams for the last two spots. Dubuque Senior captured the title with 51 points, with Kennedy (78) and Linn-Mar (83) edging out Cedar Falls (84) and Iowa City High (86) for state berths.

Class 1A competition preceded the 4A races, with the Lansing Kee girls and Conrad BCLUW boys taking top honors.

Led by a 2-3 finish from Haley Meyer and Katie Brennan, Kee (68 points) outdistanced Denver (77) for the title. Bellevue Marquette was third with 103.

Turkey Valley freshman Jalyssa Blazek was the individual champ in 19:49.

“I really wanted this, and I took it one step at a time,” said Blazek, one of just three Turkey Valley girls runners. “Not having a full team, I was doing this for myself.”

Led by individual champion Caleb Silver (17:13), Conrad BCLUW paced a tight top three in the 1A boys’ race with 49 points. South Winneshiek (51) and Denver (56) also advanced.

Class 1A state qualifier

At Noelridge Park

(Top 3 teams and top 15 individuals advance to state)

GIRLS RESULTS

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Teams — 1. Lansing Kee 68, 2. Denver 77, 3. Bellevue Marquette 103, 4. South Winneshiek 107, 5. Elkader Central 139, 6. Nashua-Plainfield 152, 7. Belle Plaine 185, 8. Riceville 236, 9. Clayton Ridge 246, 10. MFL MarMac 248, 11. Wapsie Valley 280, 12. Conrad BCLUW 310, 13. North Butler 361, 14. Edgewood-Colesburg 369, 15. Postville 403.

Individuals — 1. Jalyssa Blazek (Turkey Valley), 19:49; 2. Haley Meyer (Kee), 20:01; 3. Katie Brennan (Kee), 20:19; 4. Grace Beck (Denver), 20:20; 5. Jasmine Mueller (Elk Central), 20:23; 6. Halle Kilburg (Marquette), 20:32; 7. Kori Wedeking (Clarksville), 20:38; 8. Julia Klaes (Riceville), 20:39; 9. Chloe Ristau (Denver), 20:44; 10. Natalie Even (Denver), 21:04; 11. Paige Feldmann (Janesville), 21:07; 12. Chloe Matthews (Nashua-Plainfield), 21:08; 13. Mady Klingenborg (North Butler), 21:08; 14. Jaycie Bryne (Turkey Valley), 21:17; 15. Ashley Kriener (South Winn), 21:18.

BOYS RESULTS

Teams — 1. Conrad BCLUW 49, 2. South Winneshiek 51, 3. Denver 56, 4. North Butler 139, 5. Belle Plaine 165, 6. Dunkerton 174, 7. Valley Lutheran 204, 8. Alburnett 237, 9. Bellevue Marquette 247, 10. Elkader Central 261, 11. Nashua-Plainfield 270, 12. Clarksville 294, 13. Lansing Kee 360, 14. Edgewood-Colesburg 371, 15. Clayton Ridge 412, 16. MFL MarMac 412, 17. East Buchanan 418.

Individuals — 1. Caleb Silver (BCLUW), 17:13; 2. Paul Hageman (South Winn), 17:27; 3. Emmett Schwartzhoff (South Winn), 17:59; 4. Owen Dawson (Valley Luth), 18:07; 5. Alex Gebel (Denver), 18:08; 6. Jamison Meyer (South Winn), 18:09; 7. Alex Larson (Denver), 18:12; 8. Neifer Ralston (BCLUW), 18:13; 9. Trent Rickels (Midland), 18:14; 10. Connor Sheridan (Denver), 18:14; 11. Ruben Montoya (BCLUW), 18:13; 12. Kobe Grieder (Belle Plaine), 18:16; 13. Eric Brehmer (North Butler), 18:18; 14. Colby Wilkerson (North Butler), 18:27; 15. Henry Kaisand (BCLUW), 18:40.

Class 4A state qualifier

At Noelridge Park

(Top 3 teams and top 15 individuals advance to state)

GIRLS RESULTS

Teams — 1. Dubuque Senior 51, 2. C.R. Kennedy 78, 3. Linn-Mar 83, 4. Cedar Falls 84, 5. Iowa City High 86, 6. C.R. Washington 134, 7. Muscatine 213, 8. Western Dubuque 216, 9. C.R. Jefferson 288, 10. Clinton 301.

Individuals — 1. Micah Poellet (LM), 17:52; 2. Claire Edmondson (DS), 18:31; 3. Lillian Schmidt (DS), 18:43; 4. Reagan Gorman (CRW), 19:02; 5. Rowan Boulter (ICH), 19:15; 6. Chloe Skidmore (LM), 19:26; 7. Mackenzie Michael (CF), 19:45; 8. Izzy Gorton (DS), 19:46; 9. Briana McLaughlin (CRK), 19:56; 10. Lauren Gray (CRK), 19:57; 11. Grace Walker (CRK), 20:00; 12. Libby Wickham (CRW), 20:01; 13. Paige Wageman (CF), 20:08; 14. Bethany Smeed (CRK), 20:13; 15. Olivia Kruse (DS), 20:14.

C.R. Kennedy — 9. McLaughlin, 10. Gray, 11. Walker, 14. Smeed, 34. Olivia Hamblin, 21:05.

Linn-Mar — 1. Poellet, 6. Skidmore, 16. Sarah Murphy, 20:17; 27. Lilly Geelan, 20:41; 33. Dimia Burrell, 21:02.

Iowa City High — 5. Boulter, 17. Esti Brady, 20:19; 18. Lilly Reynolds, 20:23; 22. Jae Dancer, 20:31; 24. Amira LaVella, 20:33.

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C.R. Washington — 4. Gorman, 12. Wickham, 32. Maggie Gorman, 21:01; 40. Elle Scriver, 21:39; 46. Mary Cline, 22:14.

C.R. Jefferson — 29. Rachel Nagel, 20:53; 60. Callie Christofferson, 23:33; 65. Olivia Prochnow, 24:53; 66. Hannah Hoeger, 25:01; 68. Katrina Truitt, 26:24.

BOYS RESULTS

Teams — 1. C.R. Washington 36, 2. Cedar Falls 54, 3. C.R. Kennedy 80, 4. Linn-Mar 112, 5. Iowa City High 133, 6. Dubuque Senior 141, 7. Western Dubuque 200, 8. C.R. Jefferson 222, 9. Muscatine 230, 10. Clinton 308.

Individuals — 1. Jacob Green (CRK), 15:59; 2. Brandon Conrad (CF), 16:06; 3. Paul Schneidermann (CRW), 16:08; 4. Max Locher (CRW), 16:22; 5. Khory Nobles (CRW), 16:23; 6. Lewis Kleman (CRW), 16:25; 7. Dylan Dolezal (LM), 16:27; 8. Isaiah Schaetzel (DS), 16:37; 9. Lucas Middlekauff (CRK), 16:50; 10. Michael Goodenbour (CF), 16:51; 11. Cade Messer (WDbq), 16:52; 12. Eli Smith (CF), 16:55; 13. Hollis Wilson (CF), 16:58; 14. Yasar Hassen (ICH), 16:58; 15. Wes Jackson (CRK), 16:58.

C.R. Washington — 3. Schneidermann, 4. Locher, 5. Nobles, 6. Kleman, 18. Ethan Stout, 17:06.

C.R. Kennedy — 1. Green, 9. Middlekauff, 15. Jackson, 27. Sean Casey, 17:20; 28. Jack Schissel, 17:24.

Linn-Mar — 7. Dolezal, 16. Cadin Evans, 16:59; 22. Ethan Harthun, 17:12; 31. Jacob Derr, 17:33; 36. Tye Skilang, 17:44.

Iowa City High — 14. Hassen, 24. Mitchell Wilkes, 17:14; 26. Andre Miller, 17:19; 34. Kyden Hotka, 17:40; 35. Charles Maxwell, 17:42.

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C.R. Jefferson — 38. Lukas Lamparek, 17:48; 40. Zac Goodall, 17:50; 43. Aidan Meyer, 17:54; 44. Gavin Hall, 17:56; 57. Nathan Lauterwasser, 18:19.

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