IMS Early Bird brings mixed results for area schools
Three local cross-country boys’ and girls’ teams competed in the Iowa Mennonite Cross-Country Early Bird, Tuesday at IMS.
Among the nine schools racing, Highland finished the highest of local teams, with a fourth-place finish, three points behind third.
City High took home the top spot with 23 points. For the second straight year, Bennett Luedtke of Muscatine garnered the individual title with a time of 16:24.
Iowa Mennonite and Washington rounded out the bottom two, in eighth and ninth, respectively. IMS edged the Demons by 11 points.
IMS runner Kirby Shetler led his team, placing 22nd overall, with a time of 18:49 in the 5K. IMS distance runner Payton Miller came in 55th place. Noah Bruns was next with a mark of 23:05. Miller and Bruns raced in their first cross-country meet.
IMS competitor Kobi Russom clocked in at 25:11. Rex Yoder hit 26 minutes even. Jim Wang rounded out the team with a time of 29:21.
It did not have enough runners to field a team on the girls’ side. There were three local teams competing again with Keota stepping in, among 12 teams in the 4K.
Washington finished the highest of area teams in eighth place. Highland took 10th and Keota finished last.
A pair of IMS juniors competed individually. Renee Buckwalter finished in 28th place with a mark of 19:04. Michaela Gingerich was three minutes behind, finishing 63rd. Michaela Gingerich topped her time at last year’s meet by 40 seconds.
Muscatine and City High finished in the top two again, with the schools trading places from the boys’ side. Muscatine had 17 points, while City High had 71.
Muscatine’s win was a stunner considering its margin of victory and last year’s fifth-place finish.
City High not only lost its trophy to Muscatine — it lost the top individual time at the event.
Freshman Brina Kraft of Muscatine set a course record at 15:54 for the individual title.
The previous record was seven seconds slower, set three years ago.