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Boys Finish First at Gowrie CC Meet; Campbell Second for Girls

On another ninety degree day, the ACGC boys' cross country team proved to be just as hot, as it captured the title at the Prairie of Gowrie meet on Thursday. The Chargers bested the ten team field with a low score of thirty four points and defeated WCAC opponent Ogden which had a total of fifty points. There were one hundred and thirty seven runners in the boys meet. The girls' meet was highlighted by a second place finish by freshman Ava Campbell.

"After a couple of lightening delays our boys toed the line first and provided the spectators with a pretty spectacular performance," veteran Chargers coach Colin Shawgo said following the meet.

"Trevin Suhr was able to win the meet, finishing with a time of 17:01," Shawgo continued. "After that the Charger pack secured the team championship. The pack was led by Justin Reinhart (5th in 18:37.39), who was followed closely by Gavin Sloss (8th in 18:53.61) and Andrew Mahaffey (9th in 18:54.96) .

"From there we had a crew under the twenty minute mark headed by Noah Kading (11th in 19:04.4), Bo Arrasmith (12th in 19:05.22), Lance Bunde (15th in 19:24.60), and Kaden Thompson (19th in 19:40.69). All eight of those runners medaled by finishing in the top twenty. This was particularly impressive since we were racing against three other ranked teams including Ogden which is ranked fifth."

The girls' team was shorthanded for this meet, as several team members are out for volleyball as well. The volleyball team also opened its season on Thursday at Van Meter. (See blog for separate volleyball story.)

Freshman Ava Campbell paced the girls, finishing second among the seventy five runners in her first varsity competition. Campbell's time over the five kilometer course was 22:17. Mia Ocheltree (25:04.26) and Katelyn Schafer (25:04.27) also medaled by finishing twenty second and twenty third respectively. Kiersten Knobbe ran the course in 25:50.70, good for thirty first place among the seventy five competitors.

"Overall this meet was a great showing for both teams and for their potential for the year. The performances that we saw are exceptional for this early in the season and forecasts a special season ahead for the Chargers," Shawgo concluded.

The teams will next compete at the Central College Invitational on Saturday, September 4.

Boys team scores:

ACGC 34; Ogden 50; St. Edmond 85; SE Valley 115; Manson-NWW 155; SoCent Calhoun 167; Perry 179; ESac County 207; Clarion 216; Woodward Academy 310

Girls team scores: St. Edmond 54; Manson-NWW 63; WCV 88; Perry 112; SoCent Calhoun 114; Ogden 130; ESac County 140; SE Valley 194

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