Bulldog runners face strong fields at Jesup, Crestwood

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By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac cross country team raced in two events last week, including an invitational at Jesup on Sept. 29 and a meet hosted by Crestwood on Oct. 3.

Junior Sydney Moser was back in action at Jesup, leading the lady Bulldogs with an 18th-place finish with a time of 21:17.3. Freshman Clare Grau wasn’t far behind, running the course in 21:27.4 to place 25th. Freshmen Kaylee Walch and Ayla Gerndt were 85th and 87th, respectively, with times of 23:47.5 and 23:47.9, while freshman Ruby Koeller and sophomore Alexis Ross came in at 26:34.6 and 26:56.8 to take the 125th and 126th spots. 

The Bulldogs finished 14th of 20 teams with 331 points. Host Jesup had 110 points and placed first.

On the boys side, junior Caleb Nordheim was again MFL MarMac’s top finisher, earning the 86th position in a large field, with a time of 19:41.9. Sophomore Will Koether finished with a time of 19:59.9—good for 95th place. Senior Colin Moses came in 121st at 20:55.8, while freshman Cody Moses, senior JJ Lynd, senior Koal Klenk and freshman Kole Pape took spots 152 through 155. Their respective times were 23:57.5, 24:14.6, 24:18.5 and 24:52.6.

The MFL MarMac boys earned a team score of 534 and placed 20th. Center Point-Urbana was the top-performing school with 73 points.

At Crestwood, Walch had a varsity race time of 24:04.2, finishing 23rd for the Bulldog girls. Ross placed 35th at 27:24.9. In the JV race, Cadence Weber ran the course in 27:36.4 to finish 34th, while Kaylee Nuehring came in 49th at 28:31.8.

The MFL MarMac boys also competed in the JV race, placing fourth of six teams with a score of 91. Koether had a time of 20:08.1 and was the third-place finisher, followed closely by Nordheim in sixth place with a 20:47.7 result. Colin Moses was 20th at 21:30.2, Cody Moses 45th at 24:01.2, Klenk 49th at 24:22.1, Kylee Bries 53rd at 24:46.9, Lynd 55th at 25:27.6 and Pape 58th at 25:46.4. With a time of 27:49.8, Hunter Kugel was 65th and Reilly Franzen finished 70th at 29:27.7.

This week, the cross country team will run at South Winn on Tuesday, Oct. 6. It’s the last competition before the Upper Iowa Conference meet at North Fayette Valley on Thursday, Oct. 15.

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