Competing at a meet for the first time in more than two weeks, the Shenandoah cross country teams both finished fifth, Monday, Oct. 14 at the OABCIG Bob Saunders Classic in Ida Grove.
Brenna Godfread was Shenandoah’s highest individual finisher, taking fourth in a time of 21 minutes, 32 seconds to lead the Fillies.
“Brenna’s fourth place finish out of 114 runners is a fine example of hard work and dedication,” Shenandoah coach Liz Skillern said. “She has put in the time and effort for months and it shows.”
Maddie Moline of Manson Northwest Webster ran a 20:26 to win the race by 48 seconds.
The Fillies scored 139 points, well off of WC-KP’s 37, but just five points out of third. Lawton-Bronson scored 134 points and Pocahontas Area 138 to edge the Fillies.
Skillern had two more athletes in the top 20 with Sarah Gilbert taking 15th in 23:01 and Christene Johnson 17th in 23:04.
“It was very nice having Sarah back in the lineup,” said Skillern. “She isn’t 100 percent yet, but she jumped right in with determination and desire to run toward the front. I can’t say enough about Christene’s tenacity. She stumbled a bit in a hole at mile two after running most of the race on Brenna’s heels.”
There was a big gap to the fourth Shenandoah runner and an even bigger gap to fifth and beyond. Lauryn Dukes finished 41st in 24:19 while Hadlee Kinghorn was Shenandoah’s final scorer, running a 25:47 to take 71st.
Kelsey Franklin rounded out Shenandoah’s varsity team, finishing 82nd in 26:59.
The Mustangs also placed fifth, scoring 137 points. Woodbine won the meet with 78. The Mustangs were eight points behind fourth-place OABCIG.
Shenandoah didn’t have a top 20 finisher, but seniors Levi Detrick, Nick Mather and Blake Son were 22nd, 23rd and 24th, all winning medals and finishing in 19:21, 19:22 and 19:25.
“Detrick probably passed 30 runners in the last two miles,” Shenandoah coach Andy Campbell said. “Mather has easily been the most consistent runner on the team. This was easily (Son’s) best race of the season.”
Josh Schuster was just 16 seconds behind Son to place 30th. Eli Schuster was Shenandoah’s final scorer with a 43rd place run of 20:17.
Bryce McDowell wrapped up the Shenandoah lineup, just three places and three seconds behind Schuster.
Dylan Blake of MVAOCOU ran a 17:08 to win the race by more than one minute.
Campbell said his group needs to get out faster, especially with the conference and state qualifying meets coming up.
“Our final regular season meet is the H-10 conference meet at Creston,” said Campbell. “The conference is always extremely deep, and this year is no different.”
The Hawkeye 10 meet is Thursday, Oct. 17 with varsity races starting at about 5 p.m.