Panther girls return to state cross country meet

Ella Waddle, Olivia Steffen also advance in individual competition.

Ella Waddle leads the Panorama girls in the opening moments of a recent meet. The Panthers are returning to the state meet this year, with Waddle and Olivia Steffen both advancing as individuals Photo courtesy Greg Thompson.

PANORA — Lake Panora Par 3 Golf Course hosted a Class 2A cross country state qualifying meet. Poor weather conditions Thursday caused officials to move the event to Friday.

Davis County, ranked 14th, won the girls title with 64 points. Panorama, rated fifth, was second at 70 points, with fourth-ranked Roland-Story third at 80. The top three teams, and first 15 individual finishers, all advance to the state meet.

Davis County, rated fifth, won the boys side with 51 points. Tenth-ranked Albia won a tiebreaker to take second place from No. 9 Central Decatur after both finished at 114, with both teams moving on to Fort Dodge. Panorama had only four runners in competition, and thus did not create a team score.

Unranked Clara Teigland, a Treynor sophomore, won the girls crown in 20 minutes, 15 seconds. Clarinda sophomore Mayson Hartley, rated 18th, was second at 20:19, with eighth-ranked senior Waddle third in 20:41.

Panther senior Olivia Steffen was 13th in 22:07, freshman Mia Waddle 15th in 22:14, senior Gwen Steffen was 19th in 22:25, with junior Payton Beckman 21st in 22:55. Junior Julie Bahrenfuss was 58th in 25:38, with senior Abby Cobb 60th in 26:01.

Clarinda did not generate points because they did not have five runners. But with the second and 10th finisher, it added two places to several finishers, as the qualifiers are based on place of finish, not points scored.

Because of that, Olivia Steffen was, in reality, 15th across the line to seize the last individual spot. Mia Waddle, 15th in points, was actually 17th across the line, and thus did not claim an individual posting.

The Panthers were second as a team at the 2017 Class 1A state meet, with the team seventh in 2018 at the 2A state meet. The squad did not qualify last season.

Ella Waddle was second as a freshman in 19:32.7, fifth as a sophomore in 19:31.6, and fifth last season as well in 19:19. Olivia Steffen was 27th in 2017 in 21:21.5, 47th in 2018 in 21:15.2, and 39th in 20:50.4 in 2019.

Treynor junior Cole Dooley won the boys title in 17:02. He is ranked ninth. Davis County junior Carson Shively (rated fourth) and senior Kenny Cronin (ranked 13th) were 2-3 in 17:06, and 17:16, respectively.

Junior Avery Norman led Panorama by finishing 54th in 20:47, with freshman Ryan McCarthy 81st in 22:53. Senior Conor McCarthy crossed 85th in 23:19, with senior Paul Hansen 86th in 23:23.

The Class 2A girls state meet will begin at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31 at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge. The 2A boys race follows at 11:00 a.m. with the 2A awards ceremony slated for 11:50 a.m.


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