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Rated teams run away from Bobcat cross country

Phoebe Hermanson

WEST DES MOINES — The weather complied but the competition didn’t, as the Marshalltown High School cross country teams traveled to Valley Southwoods for the 46th annual Tom Karpan Invite.

The Bobcat girls gained the top results of the night, as junior Phoebe Hermanson chased a talented field into a 15th-place finish that helped MHS collect fifth out of seven teams with 161 total points.

On the boys’ side, lead Bobcat runner Conner Smith was running in the top-10 when a stomach ailment forced him to drop out of the race.

For the girls, Hermanson clocked in at 22 minutes, 4.8 seconds to lead her squad. Micah Blevins bridged the gap between Hermanson and the rest of the Bobcats, coming in 36th in a time of 23:55.9. Fellow sophomore Hannah Seltman came in 46th (26:09.0), junior Rachel Smith scored 49th (26:45.5) and senior Makenna Ainsworth was 54th (27:36.1) to round out the scoring roster.

Grace Rasmussen (57th) and Maggie Augustine (59th) also completed the race for MHS.

Fourth-ranked host West Des Moines Valley ran away with its own team title, tallying just 24 points with all five of its scoring runners placing in the top eight. Unranked Ankeny Centennial (53) and Norwalk (81) jumped in front of No. 6 Waukee (103).

Marshalltown, with 161 points, finished ahead of Council Bluffs Lewis Central (172) and Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson (184).

On the boys’ side, the Bobcats couldn’t atone for the absence of their leading runner and came in seventh out of as many teams with 213 points. Norwalk, ranked 14th in Class 4A, led the field with 37 points, followed by 11th-ranked Centennial (42) and Valley (93).

MHS sophomore Kevin Strand came away as the team’s top finisher, placing 45th in a time of 19:59.5. Anthoneih Kopsa (52nd, 20:30.7), Noah Hermanson (55th, 20:47.5), Ethan Benscoter (58th, 21:11.9) and Marco Herrera (60th, 21:28.5) were the Bobcats’ scoring runners with Nicholas Price (61st, 21:29.8) at the back of the team pack.

Marshalltown’s harriers return to action Saturday in Pella for the Central College Dutch Invitational Invite starting at 10 a.m.

46th Tom Karpan Invite

At West Des Moines

GIRLS

Team Standings — 1. Valley 24, 2. Ankeny Centennial 53, 3. Norwalk 81, 4. Waukee 103, 5. Marshalltown 161, 6. Council Bluffs Lewis Central 172, 7. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 184.

Individual (top 10) — 1. Lauren Schulze, VAL, 19:18; 2. Rondi Quass, AC, 20:21; 3. Breelie Mauro, NOR, 20:52; 4. Addison Dorenkamp, VAL, 20:57; 5. Madeline Hollander, VAL, 21:08; 6. Kamryn Ensley, VAL, 21:27; 7. Katie Jensen, AC, 21:34; 8. Riley Spellman, VAL, 21:38; 9. Miranda Basart, WAU, 21:39; 10. Cohen Kooker, VAL, 21:43.

MARSHALLTOWN (161) — 15. Phoebe Hermanson 22:04, 36. Micah Blevins 23:55, 46. Hannah Seltman 26:09, 49. Rachel Smith 26:45, 54. Makenna Ainsworth 27:36, 57. Grace Rasmussen 28:46, 59. Maggie Augustine 29:13.

BOYS

Team Standings — 1. Norwalk 37, 2. Ankeny Centennial 42, 3. Valley 93, 4. Council Bluffs Lewis Central 114, 5. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 118, 6. Waukee 121, 7. Marshalltown 213.

Individual (top 10) — 1. Gabriel Vicker, AC, 16:52; 2. Ethan Eichhorn, CBLC, 17:20; 3. Connor Cunningham, AC, 17:24; 4. Aidan Booton, CBTJ, 17:26; 5. Patrick Foster, NOR, 17:30; 6. Derek Webster, NOR, 17:33; 7. Brody Lucas, NOR, 17:34; 8. Donovan Card, NOR, 17:39; 9. Kade Christensen, AC, 17:43; 10. Juan Martinez, CBTJ, 17:45.

MARSHALLTOWN (213) — 45. Jason Strand 19:59, 52. Anthoneih Kopsa 20:30, 55. Noah Hermanson 20:47, 58. Ethan Benscoter 21:11, 60. Marco Herrera 21:20, 61. Nicholas Price 21:29.

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