Perry harriers run at Madrid

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Perry head coach Ryan Marzen and the Jayette harriers smile at Thursday's meet in Madrid. Standing are Kennedy Tunink, Cris Gomez, Jaylene Karolus and Hailey Peterson, with Assel Samuratova, Hannah Peterson and Molly Lutmer in front. Photo submitted.


MADRID — The cross country teams from Perry spent a warm Thursday competing at the Madrid Invitational, with the Jayettes finishing second and the Bluejays fifth.

Host Madrid scored 23 points to win the girls race, with Perry the runner-up at 43. Ogden was third at 82, Woodward-Granger fourth at 91 and Greene County fifth at 115.

Defending 1A state champ Madrid used 26 points to win the boys competition, with Ogden second at 46. W-G (64), Colo-NESCO (114), Perry (122) and Woodward Academy (143) were also in action.

Sophomore Jaylene Karolus won the girls individual title for Perry after crossing in 21 minutes, 51 seconds. Kennedy Tunink (25:06), Molly Lutmer (25:10) and Hannah Peterson (25:27) gave the Jayettes four top-10 finishes by placing seventh, ninth and 10th, respectively. Cris Gomez (16th, 27:16) also scored for the varsity, with Hailey Peterson (18th, 27:41) and Assel Samuratova (32nd, 32:26) also competing.

Bryan Funez and Anthony Chavez were 16-17 for the Bluejays, in 19:53 and 19:54, respectively, with Calvin Sass (21:12) and Riece Graham (21:18) placing 27-28 while Tanner Burgin capped the scoring by finishing 34th in 21:38. Erick Funez (37th, 22:36) and Cole Nelson (38th, 22:43) also ran for the Jays.

The Bluejay junior varsity was also in action, with Chase Archer ninth in 23:05 and Joseph Clark 12th in 23:30. Gannon Meis (16th, 24:13), Jayson Chavez (18th, 24:32) and Sergio Gonzalez (24th, 30:23) scored as well, with Dalton Scott (36:09) also running the circuit.

Perry will compete at Winterset Tuesday before traveling to the Greene County Invite Thursday.

Perry cross country head coach Ryan Marzen poses with Bluejay harriers Tanner Burgin, Cole Nelson, Anthony Chavez, Bryan Funez, Erick Funez, Calvin Sass and Riece Graham at Madrid Thursday Photo submitted.

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