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Posted: Friday, September 15, 2017 9:29 am

The Albia Lady Dees and Blue Demons ran into very stiff 3A and 4A dominated competition on Tuesday at the Indian Invitational in Oskaloosa. The Lady Dees finished eighth of the 12 teams at the meet while the boys were able to finish sixth.

Leading the way for the Lady Dees for the second straight meet was sophomore Sheryl Mae Rowe who finished just outside the top 20 with a 23rd place finish in her race with a time of 23:58.

“This was a hot day with a very challenging course of one hill after another,” said Coach Todd Ratliff. “Sheryl Mae never gave up on herself tonight and continued through the last mile catching runner after runner. It was a gritty race for her and 14 seconds faster than last season.”

Stepping into the second spot for the Lady Dees was senior leader, Jenah McCarty in a time of 25:31 with Becca Pistek finishing in 25:52 for 35th and 37th places respectively. “Jenah is a little banged up, but put together a fine race today,” said Coach Ratliff. “Last year at this meet she ran a 27:14, so she is running leaps and bounds ahead of where she was a year ago. She dug down and attacked the course all race. Becca is being hampered a little by some soreness in her knee, but hung on to bring in the third place honors for the team.”

Crossing the line in a time of 26:57 was Allison Major who finished 49th place with Sara Pistek coming in 52nd with a time of 27:45. Ava Brown, running in her first varsity competition finished in a time of 28:05 and junior Dakota Selby rounded out the squad with a time of 28:19.

“We worked hard today. We have a little bit of fatigue across the board, but held our own pretty well tonight. Obviously Ottumwa is a 4A powerhouse this season and Williamsburg qualifies as a team for state almost every year,” said Coach Ratliff. “It is a good meet to have at this point of the season because it reminds us that we still have some areas that we need to improve on, but we had a good night with only Knoxville from our conference finishing in front of us.”

Team scores: Ottumwa (4A) 33, Williamsburg (#5 ranked 2A) 83, Fairfield (3A) 116, Oskaloosa (3A) 126, Knoxville (3A) 130, Newton (4A) 136, Clear Creek Amana (3A) 192, Albia 196, Chariton 207, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 249, Centerville 260, Twin Cedars (failed to score as a team).

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