Perry cross country team end regular season at RRC meet

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Zach Stewart and Mario Cruz run the course in Winterset Monday at the Raccoon River Conference meet. Photo courtesy Jeff Fox.

WINTERSET — The Raccoon River Conference meet served as the final regular season event for the Perry cross country teams, who struggled at all levels to shave points off their final scores.

Senior Grace Stewart was the lone Perry runner to earn All-Conference honors, doing so by finishing 10th in 21 minutes, 35.57 seconds. Carlisle’s Megan Sievers (19:24.17) and Ballard’s Ellie Twedt (19:34.91) claimed the top two spots.



Ballard easily won the team race with 25 points, with Winterset a distant second at 85 while Perry was sixth of seven squads with 165 points.

Grace Stewart earned All-RRC honors by finishing 10th overall Monday in Winterset.

Julissa Calderon and Cris Gomez were 35th and 38th for Perry in 25:03.36 and 26:07.66, respectively. Molly Lutmer (40th, 26:44.87) and Hannah Peterson (42nd, 27:27.73) also scored, with Sophie Prombo (43rd, 27:49.74) and Angela Hernandez (44th, 27:54.21) running for the varsity as well.

Ballard won the girls junior varsity race with a perfect score of 15. ADM was second at 50, with Perry fifth among five teams with 134 points.

Kat Munoz (20th, 28:16.66) and Darian McCord (24th, 29:00.28) led the way for the Jayette JV, with Maria Izquierdo (29th, 32:25.35), Taylor Eppert (30th, 33:12.34) and Alondra Avila (31st, 36:34.26) completing the list of competitors for Perry.

Carlisle’s 33 points won the boys varsity title, with Bondurant-Farrar second at 54 and Perry seventh of seven at 203. Nate Mueller of ADM (16:21.01) and Drake VanBaale of B-F (16:54.53) were the top two individual finishers.

Senior Zachary Thompson was the first Bluejay to cross, finishing in 18:40.71. Eduardo Sanchez was 40th, in 20:09.53, with Zach Stewart (20:43.46), Mario Cruz (20:43.93) and Hayden McFarland (21:02.85) placing 44-45-46 for the Jays. Also running for the varsity were Beau Nelson (48th, 21:15.04) and Aaron Lockwood (49th, 21:25.99).

Senior Zachary Thompson was the first Bluejay harrier to finish in Monday’s RRC meet in Winterset. Photo courtesy Jeff Fox.

Carlisle’s perfect 15 claimed the boys JV race, with Ballard second at 54 and Perry seventh of seven at 205.

Scoring for the Jays JV were Gabe Ridnour (38th, 22:11.86), Calvin Sass (39th, 22:25.96), Jacob Prombo (41st, 22:57.2), Ben Stika (43rd, 23:31.6) and Miguel Gonzalez (44th, 23:33.85). Collin Malmberg (45th, 23:51.75) and Chase Archer (47th, 24:17.46) completed the top seven, with Kyle Lockwood (26:03.98), Alex Thompson (27:25.32) and Devin Carrillo (28:05.34) also on the course.

ADM won the two-mile junior high boys race with a perfect finish of 15. Carlisle was second at 56 and Perry seventh of seven at 195.

Tanner Burgin (30th, 13:52.62) led Perry, with Cole Nelson (38th, 14:34.04), Gannon Meis (39th, 14:57.31), Jonathan Chavez (41st, 15:04.2) and Christian Garrido (47th, 17:27.16) scoring as well.

Perry had only four runners in the girls junior high race and thus did not generate a team score. Winterset won with 49 points, with ADM second at 57.

Jaylene Karolus (14:03.43) and Lydia Olejncizak (14:07.92) were the first two Jayettes. They would have placed 20th and 21st, respectively, if Perry had competed with at least one other harrier. Hailey Peterson (16:21.7) and Pauline Galindo (17:10.99) also ran the course for the Jayettes.

Perry will now prepare for their state qualifying meet Oct. 19. Official assignments are yet to be set, but it is likely the Bluejays and Jayettes will compete at Atlantic.

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