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Threepeat by ACGC Boys; Girls Finish Fourth in Charger CC Meet

September 21, 2018

    Any one who has participated in competitive athletics knows difficult it is to win a championship.  Off season training, year round strength building, overcoming injury and bad weather, self improvement, confidence, goal setting, competitiveness, and finally performance all go into the making of a champion.  To become champion is an arduous task, but a real accomplishment.  To repeat as champion is unusual.  And threepeat--wow!

    Threepeat is exactly what the ACGC boys' cross country team accomplished yesterday afternoon at its own Charger Invitational.  For the third consecutive year, the Charger harriers captured the title in a field of thirteen high schools from western Iowa.  With three runners in the top ten, including individual medalist Noah Nelson, and solid performances from the Charger fourth and fifth runners, ACGC took top honors with 70 points to outdistance runner up Red Oak which had 98. 

    With the thermometer reading 90 degrees, along with 25 mile an hour winds, the Chargers answered the challenge and came away with the coveted first place prize.  Nelson won the individual title by running the five kilometer course in 18:05.74 to defeat runner up Ben Logan of Baxter by seven seconds.  Ben Young turned a solid performance for ACGC, running the course in 19:56.25 to to take seventh place, with senior veteran Clay Billheimer right behind in eighth place at 20:00.77.  Freshman Miles Kading came through with a twenty third place finish in 21:04.27, with soph Donnie Swanson in thirty first place (21:50.94) to round out the ACGC scoring.

    Other ACGC runners (who did not figure in the team scoring), their times and places were as follows:  Easton Benson (22:02.59, 35th); Eli Kading (22:08.69, 37th); Blaine Beeler (22:38.75, 43rd); Zander Kenyon (23:33.98, 50th); Nash Ayers (23:34. 97, 51st); Zach Moon (24:13.09, 63rd); Matt Hanner (24.29:08, 68th); Noah Sargent (24:52.50, 73rd); and Christian Nolte (25:14.53, 78th). 

    Meanwhile, the ACGC girls turned in a good performance of their own, finishing fourth in a field of twelve teams.  ACGC had a team score of 90, just three points out of third place.  Two Chargers finished in the top ten, as junior Kate Crawford finished fourth in 21:52.75 and senior Lauryn Embleton took tenth place in 24:11.19. Rylee Sloss was the number three ACGC runner, finishing seventeenth overall in a time of 25:36.90.  Keely Vasey and Kenzie Reinhart rounded out the top five for ACGC with times of 26:33.28 (32nd place) and 26:35.69 (34th) respectively. 

    Also running for the Chargers, but not figuring in the team score, were Aubrey Chmelar (27:01.76, 40th); Kennedy Young, (28:20.15, 46th); Malena Rumelhart (30:36.67, 70th); Alyson Embleton (30:52.87; 72nd); Kendra Campbell (31:03.01, 74th); Regan Rumelhart (32:18.61, 76th);

and Belle Policky (31:25.85, 78th).

    ACGC coach Colin Shawgo seemed very pleased when he said, "I would say that tonight really went well for both teams.  The girls' race had a lot of tough  competition, so seeing our team battle like they did was good.  Because of our training schedule, and the time of the year, our girls had a lot of tired legs and they fought through that to still run well."

    The Charger mentor praised his boys 'team with these words.  "Super excited to see the boys take home the championship for the third year in a row.  Noah, Ben, and Clay had great individual performances and our pack cleaned it up.  This mix of veterans and young talent makes this a dangerous team down the stretchof the season."

    Up next for the Chargers is the West Central Valley meet next Thursday, Sept. 27 to be run on the 5x80 golf course located south of the junction of I-80 and Iowa highway 25.  The first race is scheduled for 4:30.  GO CHARGERS!


GIRLS TEAM SCORING                                                 BOYS TEAM SCORING

Logan-Magnolia  64                                                     ACGC                      70

Panorama            71                                                     Red Oak                 98

Collins-Maxwell   87                                                     Perry                    119

ACGC                     90                                                     Mt. Ayr                 122

Baxter                 104                                                     Mtnsdale-St.Mry 135

Perry                   177                                                     Bedford                174

East Union          179                                                     Panorama            186

Red Oak              219                                                     WCV                      187

Mt. Ayr                231                                                     Collins-Maxell      204

Mtnsdale-St. Mry 267                                                   Baxter                   204

EX-EHK               283                                                     CAM                       278

Bedford               302                                                     Logan-Magnolia   281

                                                                                        CRB                        339

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