Just another successful outing for the Waukee girls’ and boys’ cross country teams Thursday evening as they took on a pair of 25 team fields in Marshalltown.
Among the 25 teams, which included eleven ranked Class 4A girls’ teams and 12 Class 4A boys’ teams, both Warrior teams claimed second place.
On the boys side, the fifth ranked Warriors claimed second with a total of 102 team points by placing three inside the top 25. The team as a whole averaged a time of 16:58. Mo Smith, the ninth ranked Class 4A individual runner, led the way for the Warriors, placing eighth with a time of 16:40. Fellow senior Travis Loecke came away with a 14th place finish and a time of 16:44 while Jackson Smith rounded out the top 25 for Waukee with a 24th place finish.
The final four spots for the Warrior boys were filled with Ian Buske clocking in with a time of 17:11 and a 26th place finish, Tyler Loecke with a 30th place finish, Jordan Swanson in 33rd place finish, and Danny Haisch with a 58th place finish. The second place team finish marks the third top two finish of the 2018 season through three meets of action.
On the girls side of things, the second ranked Warriors took home second place with a point total of 94, second only to top ranked Johnston. The Warrior girls claimed the second spot with an average time of 20:15. That marks the first time this season that Waukee did not claim the top spot after earning first in both the Ames and Prairie meets.
Sophomore Peyton Kelderman came into the meet as the sixth ranked individual runner in all of Class 4A, and proved why she belonged there by placing second, just missing out on the top spot earned by Johnston’s Brooke McKee, Class 4A’s third ranked runner. Kelderman earned the runner up status with a time of 19:25.
Sydney Schaffer, Class 4A’s 13th ranked girls’ runner, was not too far behind Kelderman with a time of 19:48 earning her a sixth place finish. Madison Judas finished third on the team and 15th for the meet as the freshman clocked in with a time of 20:12.
Rounding out the final top seven for the Warrior girls included Lindsey Kelderman in 22nd, Isabelle Schaffer in 50th, Ellie Huisman in 56th, and Emma Shepard in 57th out of a total of 163 runners.
Next up for both Warrior squads will be a trip to Valley Southwoods Freshman High School on Tuesday, September 11th. The girls will take on an eleven team field including four ranked teams in West Des Moines Valley, Ankeny Centennial, Dallas Center-Grimes, and Class 4A’s top team in Johnston. The girls meet will begin at 6:05 p.m.
The Warrior boys will be among a 14 team field including another match up with fourth ranked Johnston. The boys meet will begin at 6:30 p.m.