With the help of four top-five individual finishes, the Class 4A fourth-ranked Waukee girls cross country team captured another conference crown with a first-place finish in the CIML-Iowa Conference meet Thursday.
Held within the confines of the Marshalltown Community College course, the Warrior girls placed all seven top varsity runners inside the top-20 finishers. The team as a whole produced a winning time of 1:37:45.3 with 26 total place points, one of the lowest marks in the past five years of CIML-Iowa Conference meets.
A big help in the team first-place finish was an individual conference crown by senior Sydney Schaffer. The experienced veteran bested the entire 40 runner field with a time of 18:59.5. It was a fantastic performance that was followed up with another fantastic performance from junior standout Peyton Kelderman. The junior fell just over a second off of Schaffer’s pace and placed second with a time of 19:16.9.
There were two more top-five finishes for the Warriors and six overall All-Conference honorees. Continuing the title persuit was Molly Bannister who found her way to fourth place overall. The sophomore clocked in one of her best times of the season with a mark of 19:31.6. Her performance was closely followed by Isabelle Schaffer who found her way into fifth place thanks to her time of 19:35.3. Rounding out the All-Conference honorees for Waukee was Madison Judas in 14th with a time of 20:22.0 and senior Emma Shepard with a mark of 20:24.9. Rounding out the varsity seven for the Warriors was fellow senior Jessica Caraway placing 17th with a time of 20:27.3.
Next up for the Warrior girls will be the state qualifying meet which will take place will be a trip to Council Buffs where they will take on an eight-team field including eighth-ranked Ankeny Centennial and tenth-ranked Urbandale. Other teams in the field include Concil Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Lewis Central, Sioux City East, Sioux City North, and Sioux City West. That will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24 beginning at either 3 or 4 p.m.