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Panther harriers look to build on solid opener

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 12:20 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 12:32 a.m. CDT
Creston sophomore Cooper McDermott runs along the backside of the course Tuesday at the Dallas Center-Grimes Invitational, as he nears the final half-mile of the race. McDermott finished second overall and helped lead the Panther boys to a third-place team finish.

DALLAS CENTER — The Creston cross country teams got off to a successful start here Tuesday at the DCG Invite, but head coach Pat Schlapia said his teams are still not satisfied.

The Panther boys finished third in the team standings, improving on last year’s 13th place finish. The girls finished fifth after placing fourth a year ago.

Dallas Center-Grimes swept the team titles.

Sophomore Cooper McDermott, making his Panther debut, finished second overall in 17:56 to lead the boys to the third place finish. Junior Jay Wolfe finished seventh overall in 18:46.

North Polk’s Peter Smith won the individual title, running a time of 17:23.

Wolfe did not run in the meet last year because of injury, so the Panthers ran with an entirely new top two on Tuesday than from a year ago.

“Jay and Cooper went out with the (Peter) Smith kid and that front pack was either North Polk, Creston or Saydel as far as groups of two,” Schlapia said. “Garret (Taylor) tried to stay with that pack, also. That was Cooper’s first race for us, and he showed he’s going to be a real force to be reckoned with.”

Taylor finished 22nd overall and freshman Ben Irr placed 44th in 20:21 to score for the Panthers. Senior Kruz Adamson rounded out the scoring five for Creston, finishing 70th in 21:02.

“Ben Irr, as a freshman, he had a real solid two years of middle school cross country under Clay Arnold,” Schlapia said. “He’s another byproduct of that strong middle school program we have. As a freshman, he ran a real solid fourth for us. He’s trying to stay right up with them.”

The top seven in each grade level medaled. McDermott won the sophomore boys division, while Wolfe finished third in the junior boys and Irr was fifth in the freshman boys division.

Dallas Center-Grimes won the team title with 71 points, ahead of North Polk’s 81 and Creston’s 126.

Hawkeye 10 Conference foe Carroll Kuemper Catholic finished sixth with 182 points.

The third place finish was the best team finish for the boys at the DCG Invite.

“Out of the last three or four years we’ve been going there, that’s the best we’ve ever done there as a boys team,” Schlapia said. “What’s nice about that is we can do even better. We had some boys do real well, but we had some boys who can do better than what they showed. That was a good start for us. We’re excited, but we’re sure not satisfied.”

Nodaway Valley finished 14th in the team race, and was led by freshman Shane Breheny’s 47th place finish. He placed sixth in the freshman division.


The Panther girls finished fifth in the team standings behind strong teams from Dallas Center-Grimes, Winterset, Greene County and Ballard.

Junior Maria Mostek paced the Panthers, finishing ninth overall in 17:05. Mostek earned a second-place medal in the junior girls division.

Sophomore Taylor Briley wasn’t far behind, finishing 12th overall with a time of 17:28. She placed third in the sophomore girls division.

Nodaway Valley’s Destiny Scar finished fourth overall and second in the sophomore girls division, running a time of 16:40.

“This was a big test for Maria,” Schlapia said. “This was important for her to get into a race against other girls. We’ve got some work ahead of us, but this is a start for her. Taylor Briley ran a really nice race. She tried to stay close. We’ve been harping on her to stay close to Maria and she did just that.”

Jessica Beatty ran in the third spot for the Panthers, finishing 39th in 18:40. Maddie Skarda was 47th in 18:46 and Madison Hance rounded out the scoring with a 56th place finish in 19:13.

“With our top five, we had two juniors and three sophomores,” Schlapia said. “Our next two were two sophomores in Caitlin McIlravy and Micah McCutchan. Right after that, we have a freshman in Cora Green. A lot of these young kids we have, this might be their first high school meet, but they have some running experience under their belts.”

The Panthers now have a week off from competition before returning to action on Sept. 10 at Winterset, with both the high school and middle school teams in action.

DCG Invitational


1. DCG 65, 2. Winterset 73, 3. Greene County 118, 4. Ballard 132, 5. Creston 136, 6. Panorama 167, 7. North Polk 176, 8. Earlham 213, 9. West Central Valley 222, 10. Kuemper Catholic 250, 11. Bondurant-Farrar 360, 12. Norwalk 306, 13. Saydel 346, 14. Van Meter 356.


Leaders — 1. Madison Waymire, DCG, 15:42; 2. Abby Kohut-Jackson, Ballard, 15:58; 3. Brittany Sawyers, Winterset, 16:31; 4. Destiny Scar, 16:40; 5. Allison Higgins, Greene County, 16:44; 7. Dominique Fleming, Winterset, 16:55; 8. Holly McKinney, Interstate 35, 17:04; 9. Maria Mostek, Creston, 17:05; 10. Kristen Weber, Earlham, 17:13.

Creston — 9. Maria Mostek, 17:05; 12. Taylor Briley, 17:28; 39. Jessica Beatty, 18:40; 47. Maddie Skarda, 18:56; 56. Madison Hance, 19:13; 64. Caitlin McIlravy, 19:34; 84. Micah McCutchan, 20:14; 86. Cora Green, 20:19; 95. Raegen Smith, 20:45; 114. Angela Drey, 21:24; 115. Madison Callahan, 21:29; 129. Amber Castillo, 22:06; 133. Ann Waigand, 22:09; 157. Leah Schuler, 23:59; 258. Jessica Drey, 24:05; 167. Sydney Suiter, 26:11; 169. Itzayanna Rubio, 26:26.

Nodaway Valley — 4. Destiny Scar, 16:40; 148. Cheyenne Wenstad, 23:09; 171. Shelby Nupp-Holder, 26:40.


1. DCG 71, 2. North Polk 81, 3. Creston 126, 4. Ballard 154, 5. Saydel 162, 6. Kuemper Catholic 182, 7. Norwalk 191, 8. Panorama 220, 9. Des Moines Christian 238, 10. Winterset 260, 11. Earlham 272, 12. Bondurant-Farrar 301, 13. Van Meter 328, 14. Nodaway Valley 344, 15. Greene County 382, 16. Interstate 35 411, 17. West Central Valley 421.


Leaders — 1. Peter Smith, North Polk, 17:23; 2. Cooper McDermott, Creston, 17:56, 3. Ryley Sandberg, North Polk, 18:07; 4. Luke Kohut-Jackson, Ballard, 18:17; 5. Casey Roberts, Saydel, 18:31; 6. David Parker, Saydel, 18:43; 7. Jay Wolfe, Creston, 18:46, 8. Hunter Simmons, Panorama, 18:49; 9. Eric Fluegee, Des Moines Christian, 18:53; 10. Dennis Crum, Norwalk, 18:55.

Creston — 2. Cooper McDermott, 17:56; 7. Jay Wolfe, 18:46; 22. Garret Taylor, 19:20; 44. Ben Irr, 20:21; 70. Kruz Adamson, 21:02; 85. Zack Peppmeier, 21:20; 111. Michael Walsh, 21:50; 124. Isaac Wignall, 22:22; 133. Brant Hudson, 22:30; 138. Evan Nielsen, 22:33; 163. Nick Walsh, 23:28; 168. Kaleb Cook, 23:35; 182. Jacob Geary, 24:13; 212. Daniel Scott, 26:06; 214. Kyle Jennett, 26:12; 219. Jeremy Stoll, 26:41; 233. Patrick Normandeau, 28:37; 247. Elijah Johnson, 39:53.

Nodaway Valley — 47. Shane Breheny, 20:26; 52. Nathan Venteicher, 20:35; 75. Brayten Funke, 21:11; 109. Heath Downing, 21:47; 181. Noah Cooper, 24:08; 198. Matthew Dickinson, 25:10; 213. Dakota Ernst, 26:09.

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