Three Perry harriers earn All-Conference honors at RRC meet

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Sophomore Grace Stewart was earned All-Conference honors Tuesday at the RRC meet in Boone. She is shown here from earlier in the season in a photo courtesy of Jeff Fox.


BOONE — Bluejay cross country runners Dawit Adum and Morgan Holmstrom and Jayette harrier Grace Stewart all earned All-Conference status at the Raccoon River Conference meet Tuesday.

All-RRC honors are awarded to the Top 20 individual finishers for both boys and girls, with Dawit 18th in 17 minutes, 39 seconds and Holmstrom 20th in 17:44, securing the final all-conference spot by just four seconds. Both are seniors.

Stewart, a sophomore, finished 18th in 21:41, her best time of the season. She has dropped nearly three minutes her times from the start of the year.

Dawit Adum, seen here running at the Leon Fox Invitational, placed 18th at the RRC meet in Boone Tuesday to secure All-Conference honors.
Dawit Adum, seen here running at the Leon Fox Invitational, placed 18th at the RRC meet in Boone Tuesday to secure All-Conference honors.

The meet featured varsity, junior varsity and middle school races for both boys and girls. Only the Jayette JV — which did not have the required five girls running necessary to record a team score — avoiding a last-place finish.

The boys varsity team competition was a thriller, as both Winterset and Carlisle had four finishers in the top 10, with the Huskies finishing 3-5-6-7 and the Wildcats 1-2-8-9. Winterset’s fifth runner placed 12th, two seconds ahead of the fifth Carlisle runner, allowing the Huskies to win the RRC crown, 33-34, with Bondurant-Farrar third at 70. Ballard (102), Boone (153), ADM (161) and Perry (169) completed the standings. Carroll does not compete in cross country.

Ji Orput (CRL, 16:10), Luke Sinclair (CRL, 16:17) and Curtis Harryman (WNT, 16:21) were the top three individual finishers.

Mario Cruz was third for Perry (39th, 19:21), with Jacob Prombo (45th, 19:50) and Emilio Gonzalez (47th, 20:19) also scoring. Bradley Godwin (20:30) and Fernando Catalan (20:34) also ran for the Bluejays.

Morgan Holmstrom grabbed All-Conference honors at Tuesday's RRC meet in Boone. He is shown here running in Winterset earlier this season in a photo provided by Jeff Fox.
Morgan Holmstrom grabbed All-Conference honors at Tuesday’s RRC meet in Boone. He is shown here running in Winterset earlier this season in a photo provided by Jeff Fox.

Ballard (34), Winterset (49) and Carlisle (94) were the top three girls varsity team placers, with Boone (103), ADM (104), B-F (143) and Perry (195) completing the field.

Abby Kohut-Jackson (BAL, 18:46), Megan Sievers (CRL, 19:40) and Molly Eyerly (WNT, 20:00) claimed the top three individual spots.

Scoring after Stewart for the Jayettes were Julissa Calderon (42nd, 25:27), McKinley Thompson (44th, 25:31), Darian McCord (45th, 25:37) and Jacky Casteneda (46th, 26:45), with Alejandra Rivera (27:21) also making the circuit. Each Jayette in the varsity meet turned in personal-best times.

Carlisle dominated the boys JV race, scoring 20 points on placings of 1-2-3-6-8.

The Bluejay JV counted the placings of Gerardo Gonzalez (35th, 21:49), Miguel Gonzalez (41st, 22:42), Aaron Lockwood (43rd, 22;53), Brody Kimrey (46th, 26:03) and Bladimir Roldan (47th, 26:14), with Ben Stika (26:55) and Brandon Ruiz (26:55) also in action.

Ballard finished 1-2-3-4-7 to win the girls JV race with 17 points; ADM (38) and B-F (79) were the only other teams to run the score-minimum of five harriers.

Elva Tavarez (30:03), Andrea Cortez (30:23) and Alondra Avila (32:55) were the three Jayettes running in the JV meet.

Ballard the boys middle school team competition with 56 points and the girls meet with 22 points. Middle school races are two miles in length.

Luis Guzman (13th, 14:47), Chase Archer (24th, 15:23), Tony Burgos (34th, 16:09), Hayden McFarland (37th, 16:28) and Kyle Lockwood (41st, 16:46) scored for Perry, with Andrew Gallindo (17:39) and Collin Malmberg (18:48) also in action. Lockwood and Gallindo are in grade 7, the others are eighth graders.

Molly Lutmer was 13th for the Jayettes in 16:36, with Hannah Peterson 18th in 17:35. Darien Westphal (35th, 19:16), Sophia Prombo (38th, 19:53) and Angela Hernandez (43rd, 21:18) also scored for Perry, with Amy McNamara (23:32) and Taylor Eppert (23:49) also on the course. All are eighth graders save McNamara.

Perry will compete in the Saydel last-chance invite Thursday. The Perry varsity teams will then make the 140-mile trip to Glenwood Oct. 22 for their state qualifying meet, in which the top 10 individuals will advance. Other teams in action will include ADM, Atlantic, Clarke (girls only), DC-G, Denison-Schleswig, Greene County, Harlan, Kuemper Catholic, Saydel and Winterset.

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