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Iowa City Regina's Annalee Bartels caps cross country debut, places fourth at state meet

Class 1A State XC: Regina girls place second, Lansing Kee fourth; Maquoketa Valley boys finish seventh

FORT DODGE — There were plenty of firsts this year for the Iowa City Regina girls’ cross country team.

First-year runners. First-year head coach.

What started as an exercise in patient development turned into a rousing collection of performances on Saturday at the Class 1A state championships.

Regina sophomore Annalee Bartels capped her first season of competition with a fourth-place individual finish at Lakeside Golf Course, which helped the Regals place second overall in the team standings.

“At the beginning of the year, I thought I was going to get last,” Bartels said with a laugh. “I would never expect to make it this far, even make it to state, so I’m really proud of this team. I’m proud of everyone competing.”

Of its seven runners at the state meet, only senior Molly Vittetoe and junior Kennedy Scott were part of the Regina team that finished seventh last season while competing in 2A.

Bartels, freshmen Josie Voss and Josie Purlsey, plus senior Maeve Dunne, were all incoming rookies, which presented first-year head coach Liam Hartley with a host of unknown quantities.

“With it being my first year coming in, honestly one of my first times in six or seven years working with the high school again, I kind of didn’t really know what to expect,” Hartley said. “I met with the former coaches … We talked about some things and they knew that the girls were capable of some special things.”

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While Regina (128 points) was a distant second to team champion Logan-Magnolia (66), the return of four runners should give the Regals a head start on 2019.

“I think that we’ll just keep getting better and better,” Bartels said.

Lansing Kee finished fourth in the team race with 145 points. Senior Katie Brennan and freshman Haley Meyer finished fifth and sixth, respectively, for the Kee Hawks.

“We run together every day in practice,” Brennan said. “We know we can stay with each other. I know if I can keep her in my sights, I’m going to be all right.”

Bedford senior Emma Lucas won the girls’ individual state championship in 18:41.7. In the boys’ individual championship, senior Sean McDermott won in 16:16.4 for Madrid, which also claimed the team title (63 points).

Maquoketa Valley finished seventh overall with 176 points.

“I was hoping we’d get somewhere between six and 10,” Maquoketa Valley Coach Pat Meehan said. “Kids ran real well. They’ve done this now three meets in a row and I attribute it the fact that they run together as a pack and they pace themselves real well.”

CLASS 1A CROSS COUNTRY STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

At Fort Dodge

(Lakeside Golf Course)

Girls’ results

Teams — 1. Logan-Magnolia 66; 2. Iowa City Regina 128; 3. Hudson 142; 4. Lansin Kee 145; 5. Denver 153; 6. Starmont 175; 7. Pekin 178; 8. Earlham 213; 9. Bellevue Marquette 241; 10. North Linn 247; 11. East Marshall 258; 12. Tri-Center 259; 13. Ridge View 268; 14. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 273; 15. Adair Casey-Guthrie Center 291.

Individuals (Top 3 plus area) — 1. Emma Lucas (Bedford), 18:41.70; 2. Peyton Pogge 19:24.50; 3. Taylor Sporrer (LM), 19:34; 6. Jalyssa Blazek (Turkey Valley), 19:59.30; 11. Cheyenne Shaw (North Mahaska), 20:14.20; 15. Jasmine Mueller (Elkader Central), 20:22.60; 35. Elise Boulton (Montezuma), 21:09.30; 40. Jaycie Bryne (Turkey Valley), 21:21.10; 43. Sophie Griffin (Prince of Peace), 21:22.40; 48. Ashley Kriener (South Winneshiek), 21:30.70; 52. Caitlin Alberts (Lynnville Sully), 21:40; 77. Kaelyn Goodsman (Prince of Peace), 22:22; IOWA CITY REGINA (128): 4. Annalee Bartels 19:49.40; 14. Josie Voss 20:45.10; 33. Molly Vittetoe 21:56.60; 34. Maeve Dunne 21:56.60; 43. Kennedy Scott 22:19.10;

LANSING KEE (145): 5. Katie Brennan 20:02.90; 6. Haley Meyer 20:08.80; 29. Makayla Peters 21:43; 51. Rachel Walleser 22:33.30; 54. Reagan Mudderman 22:37.60;

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STARMONT (175): 19. Kenna Meisgeier 21:07.80; 23. Makenzie Plagman 21:21.50; 37. Mya Vaske 22:07.10; 47. Hannah VanHyfte 22:26.60; 49. Raquel Rosburg 22:38.30;

BELLEVUE MARQUETTE (241); 21. Halle Kilburg 21:17.20; 25. Holly Beauchamp 21:27.90; 60. Kaylee Koos 22:45.60; 61. Allison Kettmann 22:45.60; 74. Macey Kremer 23:25.80;

NORTH LINN (247): 17. Hannah Bridgewater 21:00; 18. Tessa Helms 21:02.20; 62. Emma Robinson 22:48.40; 70. Kyla Bildstein 23:10.80; 80. Kaitlyn Sommerfelt 23:38.90.

Boys’ results

Teams — 1. Madrid 63; 2. Calamus-Wheatland 111; 3. South Hamilton 121; 4. Sibley-Ocheyedan 124; 5. Mason City Newman 165; 6. Earlham 172; 7. Maquoketa Valley 176; 8. Nodaway Valley 192; 9. C.B. St. Albert 227; 10. South Winneshiek 234; 11. BCLUW 240; 12. Pekin 258; 13. Woodward Academy 277; 14. Denver 305; 15. Trinity Christian 315.

Individuals (Top 3 plus area) — 1. Sean McDermott (Madrid), 16:16.40; 2. Josh Baudler (Nodaway Valley), 16:19.80; 3. Will Roder (Lemars Gehlen), 16:32; 12. Buddy Darting (Wilton), 16:49.50; 19. Seth Boss (North Linn), 17:04.10; 37. Zach Hein (Wilton), 17:25.20; 57. Jacob Glandon (English Valleys), 17:45.30;

CALAMUS-WHEATLAND (111): 9. Hunter Rickels 17:09.60; 12. Chase Knoche 17:11.70; 15. Chandler Gannon 17:21.90; 27. Magnus Sands 17:43.90; 48. Brett McCartt 18:20.80;

MAQUOKETA VALLEY (176): 16. Chance Downs 17:24.50; 23. Ethan Doyl 17:39.40; 32. Nolan Ries 17:56.20; 49. Derek Mensen 18:21.40; 56. Mason Lubben 18:31.30;

SOUTH WINNESHIEK (234): 19. Paul Hageman 17:32.90; 36. Jamison Meyer 18:01.90; 40. Emmett Schwartzhoff 18:10; 68. Chance Adam 18:53.40; 71. Toby Conway 19:00.80.

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