Another dominating performance in the books for the Waukee girls cross country team as they posted a second-place finish in the Kirk Schmaltz Invitational Thursday, Sep. 5.


It was a ten-team filed (including Waukee) that graced the grounds of the ISU Course in Ames. Out of those ten teams, the Waukee girls tabulated a second-place finish with a total time of 1:46:14. The only team to beat the Warriors are based outside the state of Iowa in Rock Bridge High School out of Missouri with a time of 1:44:30.


Waukee themselves put three individuals inside the top ten and in fact finished in succession third, fourth, and fifth. Leading the pack for the second straight meet was junior Peyton Kelderman who clocked in a third-place finishing time of 20:37. Kelderman has averaged roughly 6:30 per mile in both of the meets so far including Thursday’s action. Just as it was last year, so too is it this year with the Schaffer sisters practically finishing as a pair once again. Isabelle Schaffer placed fourth overall out of the 69 runners in participation with a time of 20:41 followed by Sydney Schaffer who clocked in a fifth-place time of 20:42.


Overall, all seven of Waukee’s top runners placed top 50 or better continuing on with sophomore Molly Bannister who posted her first varsity top 25 performance courtesy of a time of 21:58. Following Bannister was fellow sophomore Madison Judas who improved her time by three seconds with a time of 22:16. Rounding out the top seven for Waukee included Margaux Basart in 27th (22:42) and Emma Shepard placing 50th (22:14).


Next up for the Warrior girls will be another road trip to Marshalltown Community College to battle an 18 team field. Waukee will be one of five top 15 ranked teams within the Class 4A landscape. The meet will kick off with varsity girls at 6:20 p.m. followed by the varsity boys at 6:45 p.m.