Silver finish from Huskies’ boys
Highland posted the top cross-country team score of the three local teams with 86 points, four behind champion Wapello, at the Southeast Iowa Superconference meet, Thursday.
Columbus, Iowa Mennonite and WACO competed at the race.
Highland junior Evan Mahler took home first place at a race for the third time in as many weeks. His time was 15 minutes and 38 seconds, eight seconds in front of the rest of the field.
The Highland girls were led by freshman Morgan Welsh in 45th place with a time of 18:29. Right behind her was Highland junior Amber Bean with a time of 18:30.
Four Columbus cross-country runners earned all-conference honors by placing in the top 15.
Sophomore Josh Keller finished sixth with a time of 16:29 in the 5K. Senior Eli Sents was 11th with a time of 16:41, and senior Efrain Barajas took 14th place with a time of 16:48 for the boys’ team.
The Wildcat boys placed fifth in the team race.
Sents was an all-conference runner for the third consecutive year and Barajas for the second straight year. Keller’s place represented a 38-place drop from last year’s conference meet.
“I am so proud of all of those kids,” said Columbus coach Steve Riley. “They have been consistently strong all year.”
Senior Taylor Hills was 11th for the girls’ team with a time of 16:02 in the 4K. The girls team took home sixth place.
Hills improved by 19 places from a year ago.
Columbus ran on the same course at Twin Lakes Golf Course one week earlier. Riley said the Wildcats averaged 43 seconds faster per runner Thursday.
IMS garnered 12th place with 323 points. Junior Kirby Shetler led the team with a 15th place finish and a time of 16:50. He was all-conference for the second year in a row.
The girls’ side did not have a team score. Junior Renee Buckwalter finished in a time of 16:49 for 21st place.
WACO runners didn’t get team scores, but the Warriors were led by Jennie Greene and Dillon Douglas.
For WACO, Greene led the girls with a 50th-place finish in 18:51. She was followed by Cheyenne Sedlacek in 55th with a time of 19:01, and Michaela Shaffer in 74th, 22:47.
“Overall, we ran quite well,” WACO coach Cinda Blake said. “The girls ran about what they ran here before, which were their best times of the season.”
On the boys’ side, Dillon Douglas finished in 60th for WACO with a time of 18:48.
Mitchell Shaffer finished in 98th place with a time of 22:02.