The Albia Cross Country team had an incredible showing at the Moravia Mohawk Invitational on Thursday, sweeping all four races: the junior high girls, the junior high boys, the high school girls, and the high school boys in the 12 team meet.
Boys Take Mohawk title
Noe, Ratliff, Bonnett medalists
A 12-team meet hosted by Moravia, ended up being a who’s who in the South Central Conference with Albia edging out Davis County by two points for the overall team title.
“We have raced now three times, and this is the largest margin of victory by either team,” said Coach Todd Ratliff. “That is how closely we are matched this season.”
Leading the way for the Blue Demons with a time of 17:50 and placing second overall was Landon Noe. “This is Landon’s season’s best on a 3.1 course, and he really looked strong out there tonight,” said Coach Ratliff.
Finishing fifth and seventh overall were Brock Ratliff with a time of 18:37 and Dawson Bonnett in seventh with a time of 19:04.
CJ Ratliff eclipsed the 20-minute mark for the second time this season, racing to a personal best of 19:47 and picking up 14th place points, followed by senior Carson Stocker in a season and four-year career best time of 20:04. Max Teno would trail in right behind him in a time of 20:06. “Carson’s finish in 20th secured the win for us tonight, with Max having tie-breaking points if they would have been needed,” said Coach Ratliff.
Cody Dalman would round out the varsity seven with a time of 21:03 and finish in 39th place.
The rest of the team also would pull out some great performances. Cole Folkerts would run to his season’s best time of 21:15. Eli Zanoni ran a season’s best at 21:02. Logan Carter, freshman, would drop nearly a minute from his season’s best to finish in 21:14.
Sophomore’s Jackson DeMoss and Travis Sheffield would finish in times of 22:39 and 22:42.
Logan Stalzer would trim off 49 seconds of his best run and would finish the course in 23:01 with Austin Stanley finishing in 23:58. Gavin McMurray raced to a 25:12 with David Thomas finishing in 27:47 and Caelen Robinson completing the course in 29:19.
“It was a pretty incredible evening,” said the coach “We didn’t find out until mid-morning on Wednesday that we would be competing there, but we were glad the opportunity came up. The Preserve Golf Course is incredible and Moravia did a great job hosting the many additional teams who joined up because of meets that had been cancelled throughout the last couple of weeks. Coach Wenger has done an incredible job with the Jr. High athletes, and it was nice to include them in the post race celebration.”
Boys team results were as follows: Albia-48, Davis County-50, Knoville-111, Pella Christian-118, Centerville-175, Chariton-178, Wayne-200, Iowa Christian, Diaganol, Melcher Dallas, Moulton, Moravia.
Girls XC win with Rowe, Pistek, Major top 11 overall
The Albia Lady Dees put down their best performance of the season, avenging earlier season defeats to both Knoxville (twice) and Chariton to take the Moravia Mohawk Invitational team title on Thursday.
Sherryl Mae Rowe continued to demonstrate the growth she has made this season with a season best of almost a full minute in a time of 22:40. In the field of nearly 80 runners, she was able to take second place overall at the meet.
“Sherryl got out really well at the beginning of the race and was able to continue to make moves to move into second place, then distance herself from third and fourth through a strong second mile,” said Coaach Ratliff.
Becca Pistek continued to show she will be a force to deal with as she raced to a season best as well, nearly breaking into the 23’s with an overall finishing time of 24:12, strong enough for a seventh place finish. Allison Major, who also has shown immense improvement this season conquered the course with a new all time personal best of 24:53.
“These two runners have really solidified the front side of our line-up this season,” said Coach Ratliff. “Allison broke the 25 minute mark for the first time, a huge accomplishment.”
Freshman Brooke Smith ran a solid race dueling it out with Sara Pistek. Smith would finish the course in a time of 26:01 for 22nd place with Pistek ending the run in 26:10 and in 26th place.
Finishing in sixth for the Lady Dees was freshman Ellie Martin who raced to a 27:51 finish with Tahylor Terrell finishing in 28:41, Emma Martin in 28:47, Lauren Bayer in 28:47.
Rounding out the roster was Marrisa Terrell who ran a personal best 5K time of 34:31 and Makenna Ross who ended up in 37:25.
“Up and down the roster the ladies really performed well today. Sherryl continues to run up front giving us that push that we need as a team.,” said Coach Ratliff. “It was pretty nice to be able to place ahead of Knoxville for the first time since Jordan was running with the program.”
Girls team results were as follows: Albia-68, Chariton-70, Knoxville-74, Davis County-96, Pella Christian-120, Centerville-151, Wayne-183, Iowa Christian, Diagonal, Melcher Dallas, Moulton, Moravia.