Cross country recap: Cedar Rapids Invite and Bobcat Invite

The girls and boys cross country teams are off to a strong start with two #1 ranked individuals in the state. Read how the teams stacked up against some tough competition last Thursday.

Ellie Gretter, Sports Editor

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  • Claire Ronnebaum '18 begins to break away from the pack at the beginning of the JV race for the Cedar Rapids Invite at Noelridge Park on Sept. 7.

  • Emma Durian '19 runs in the JV race at the Cedar Rapids Invite at Noelridge Park on Sept. 7.

  • Claire Ronnebaum '18 leads the pack of the JV race. She placed 5th with a time of 21:35 on Thursday, Sep. 7.

  • As soon as the starting gun fired for the varsity girls cross country race, runners took off at Noelridge Park on Sept. 7.

  • Kiara Malloy-Saldago '21 runs towards the second mile. She placed 21st with a time of 20:06 on Thursday, Sep. 7.

  • Bailey Nock '18 sprints down to the finish line. She placed 1st and set a new course record with a time of 18:18 on Thursday, Sep. 7.

  • Colleen Bloeser '18 passes another runner. She placed 7th with a time of 19:34 on Thursday, Sep. 7.

  • Post race, Bailey Nock '18 is interviewed by KCRG for placing first at the Cedar Rapids Invite at Noelridge Park on Sept. 7.

  • Seniors Micah Bailey, Issac Miller and Daniel Neese form a pack in the first mile of the Cedar Rapids Invite at Noelridge Park on Sept. 7.

  • Micah Bailey '18 runs down towards the finish line. He placed 70th with a time of 18:08 on Thursday, Sep. 7.

  • Daniel Neese '18 passes Ian Prescott '19 to earn 80th place with a time of 18:20 on Thursday, Sep. 7.

  • Ian Prescott '19 runs down the final stretch of the race. He placed 81st with a time of 18:20 on Thursday, Sep. 7.

  • Issac Miller '18 and Micah Bailey '18 run in the Cedar Rapids Invite at Noelridge Park on Sept. 7.

  • Daniel Neese '18 and Ian Prescott '19 finish the boys varsity race in the Cedar Rapids Invite at Noelridge Park on Sept. 7.

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The girls cross country team traveled to Noelridge Park on Thursday, September 7 for the Cedar Rapids Invite. The boys cross country team split in two, with half traveling to Marshalltown for the Bobcat Invite, while the others joined the girls. Both the boys and girls team had the #1 ranked individuals in the state, Kolby Greiner ‘19 and Bailey Nock ‘18. Both Nock and Greiner won the Varsity race while setting course records on the respective courses.

The West boys team at Noelridge Park, finished in 16th place with a score of 404 points. The top runner from West was Isaac Miller ‘18 who placed 66th. The Varsity team consisted of Miller, Micah Bailey ‘18, Daniel Neese ‘18, Ian Prescott ‘19 and Hunter Bagan ‘19.

The West girls scored 101 points with a Varsity team of Nock, Colleen Bloeser ‘18, Kiara Malloy-Sangaldo ‘21, Deniz Ince ‘19 and Erica Buettner ‘21. Nock, Bloeser and Malloy-Sangaldo all placed in the top 21, respectively. The team finished in second place behind Dubuque Wahlert.

The boys who raced in the Bobcat Invite, placed fifth, scoring 138 points. Greiner led the boys team followed up by Ethan Goers ‘18, Kyle Sulwer ‘18, Ethan Trepka ‘18 and Yousef Salama ‘19.

The girls and boys team will both travel to Iowa State University’s course to compete in the Heartland Classic on Saturday where they will compete against some of the best teams in the state, as well as in the nation.

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