ACGC Cross Country Teams Finish 2nd, 5th at Panorama
The Lake Panorama par three golf course was the latest scene for area high school cross country runners to compete, and the competition was fierce, especially among teams from the WCAC. Four conference teams finished among the top five of the fourteen teams in the boys' race, with Des Moines Christian edging out the ACGC boys 75 to 78 to claim the team title. Earlham placed third and Ogden was fifth. One day prior to the meet, the ACGC boys' were ranked first statewide in class 1A by the Iowa Track and Field Coaches' Association.
Trevin Suhr again paced the Chargers' boys with a fifth place finish in a time of 17:34 over the 5K course. Four runners--two from DMC and one each from Earlham and Madrid-- from the WCAC finished ahead of Suhr who is currently ranked seventh in the state among class 1A runners.
Other Chargers who figured in the team score were Justin Reinhart who placed thirteenth in 18:46, Andrew Mahaffey (15th, 19:02), Gavin Sloss (21st, 19:27), and Noah Kading (24th, 19:34). Close behind, but just "out of the money" in the team score were Lance Bunde (25th, 19:35) and Kaden Thompson (26th, 19:35).
In the first race of the afternoon the ACGC girls placed fifth among the fourteen teams in the field. Clarinda won the girl's race with Van Meter, DMC, and Earlham all finishing ahead of the Chargers' girls.
Hayden Coffman was the first Charger to cross the finish line with a time of 23:05 which was good for eleventh place. Adalyn Benson finished eighteenth in 23:35, with Kiersten Knobbe (37th, 25:13), Paige Van Meter (42nd, 25:56), and Katelyn Schafer (45th, 26:10) also part of the team score.
Additional runners for ACFC were Jayla Hoover (46th, 25:12), Emmarae Ellis (67th, 27:59), and Mia Ocheltree (no place recorded, 31:25). Freshman Ava Campbell who has emerged as one of the top twenty runners in the state, fell during the race and did not finish. According to Charger coach Colin Shawgo, she was not injured and is expected to be able to run at the Charger Invitational which is scheduled for today (Thursday) with the girls' race to begin at 5 PM.
Girls' team scores: Clarinda 71, Van Meter 87, DMC, 88, Earlham 141, ACGC 153, Tri-Center 157, WCV 182, Carroll Kuemper, 212, IKM-M 239, NV 239, Madrid 242, Ogden 245, Ex-EHK 361, SE Valley 377
Boys' team scores: DMC 75, ACGC 78, Earlham 105, Clarinda 116, Ogden 125, Carroll Kuemper 133, Greene County 237, IKM-M 243, Van Meter 252, SE Valley 254, NV 259, Madrid 267, Tri-Center 330, Woodward Academy 419