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Panther boys claim Ballard team title

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 1:17 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 1:47 p.m. CDT
Creston senior Kruz Adamson battles with a pair of Gilbert runners, while freshman teammate Isaiah Foster (background) closes in on the pack during the early stages of Monday's 5K boys varsity race at Ballard of Huxley. The Panther boys won the Class B team title.
Pictured is the championship plaque awarded to the Creston boys varsity cross country team, which won the Class B division of the Ballard Cross Country Invite on Monday.

HUXLEY — Things could not have gone much better for the Creston cross country teams here Monday at the Ballard Cross Country Invitational.

Out of the 26 athletes who competed on the same course a year ago, all 26 improved their times this year. The Panthers finished the night with six individual medalists. The Creston girls team matched last year’s fourth-place finish.

Oh and by the way, the Panther boys won the Class B varsity team title.

“Last year, we finished fourth out of 10 on the girls and 10th out of 10 on the boys,” head coach Pat Schlapia said. “Needless to say, we blew that out of the water on improvements from last year. This was an awesome night for Creston cross country. This was our best overall showing we’ve ever had at Ballard. This is the first time we’ve ever had a team title there.”

At a meet considered by many to be a “mini” state meet, winning a team title was no easy task.

The Panthers bested Class 3A 11th-ranked Ballard and Class 2A second-ranked Gilbert in Class B. Creston finished with 74 team points, 19 ahead of second-place Nevada. Ballard was third with 100.

The Creston boys were led by four individual medalists with Cooper McDermott finishing third, Jay Wolfe fifth, Ben Irr eighth and Garret Taylor 14th.

Maria Mostek in fifth place and Taylor Briley in 17th place also earned medals on the girls side. The top 17 overall in each class earned medals.

Nodaway Valley sophomore Destiny Scar took top honors in the Class D girls race, winning in 16:01, 13 seconds ahead of second place.

Boys champs

McDermott crossed the line in 17:05 to lead the Panther charge, with Wolfe finishing in 17:35. Irr, a freshman, placed eighth with his time of 17:55. Taylor was the other medalist, crossing the line in 18:24.

“One thing I like about it, it doesn’t matter who was on that uniform we were up against, the boys went after it,” Schlapia said. “We got out pretty fast in that first mile.”

McDermott came through the first mile in 5:05, with Wolfe following in 5:15. The pace slowed from there, but with Class A and Class B being combined in the race, the Boone duo of Chandler Austin and Albert Meier forced the competition to take a hot pace early in the race.

Rounding out the team scoring for Creston was freshman Isaiah Foster in 44th place. Kruz Adamson in 50th and Brant Hudson in 54th were also a part of the varsity squad.

“When they’re going down those team placings, and you get down to that last one, it’s awesome to see the boys go up and get that first-place team plaque,” Schlapia said. “That’s the kids meeting a goal right there.”


It was a bit of sweet revenge for Mostek, who took home fifth place in Class B with her time of 15:57.

But what doesn’t show in the results is that Mostek beat the Winterset duo of Brittany Sawyers and Dominique Fleming, running in Class A. With Classes A and B running together and being split at the finish line, Mostek was able to race against the potential State Qualifying Meet foes, and for the first time this season, beat them.

“Maria had her best race of the season,” Schlapia said. “One of her goals was to get under 16:00, and she did it. Sawyers and Fleming had her number so far this year, but she took care of business at Ballard. She ran like she’s capable of running there.”

Briley medaled in 17th at 17:12, while Jessica Beatty, Madison Hance and Raegen Smith rounded out the scoring, crossing the line in 27th, 28th and 29th, respectively. Maddie Skarda in 33rd place and Angela Drey in 52nd also ran varsity.

“There was more of a gap between (Briley) and Maria that we still want to cut down,” Schlapia said. “The rest of our girls need to cut the gap, too.”

Creston finished fourth in the team standings with 106 points. Gilbert won with 32 points, followed by Humboldt’s 54 and Ballard’s 91.

“That fourth place, that’s awesome, but if we can cut those gaps, we can finish even better,” Schlapia said.

Creston now turns its attention to its home meet next Tuesday on “Crowd the Course Night” at Crestmoor Golf Club.

Class D

Nodaway Valley’s Scar finished second in the combined Class C and D race, earning top honors in Class D.

Freshman Brayten Funke paced the Wolverine boys to a fourth-place team finish with his eighth-place performance in 18:38. Shane Breheny (12th), Heath Downing (14th) and Nathan Venteicher (16th) also earned medals for Nodaway Valley.

Jesse Johnson led Orient-Macksburg to a 10th-place finish in Class D, running 20:35 for 36th place.

Ballard CC Invite



1. Gilbert 32, 2. Humboldt 54, 3. Ballard 94, 4. Creston 109, 5. Nevada 129, 6. ADM 152, 7. Bondurant-Farrar 181, 8. Saydel 194.


Leaders — 1. Grace Gibbons, Gilbert, 14:49; 2. Abby Kohut-Jackson, Ballard, 15:10; 3. Sam Larson, Humboldt, 15:47; 4. Carly Rahn, Gilbert, 15:54; 5. Maria Mostek, Creston, 15:57; 6. Maddie Kampen, Humboldt, 15:58; 7. Sadie Timms, Gilbert, 16:20; 8. Brianna Mueller, ADM, 16:24; 9. Annie Pollard, Gilbert, 16:32; 10. Kate Curran, Humboldt, 16:40.

Creston — 5. Maria Mostek, 15:57; 17. Taylor Briley, 17:12; 27. Jessica Beatty, 18:08; 28. Madison Hance, 18:08; 29. Raegen Smith, 18:11; 33. Maddie Skarda, 18:18; 52. Angela Drey, 19:49.

Creston JV — 21. Jenna Hayes, 18:49; 26. Caitlin McIlravy, 19:03; 28. Micah McCutchan, 19:05; 37. Savannah Hartman, 19:25; 49. Cora Green, 19:50; 63. Rachel Shepherd, 20:16; 86. Amber Castillo, 20:39; 91. Madison Callahan, 20:42; 98. Ann Waigand, 20:55; 102. Leah Schuler, 21:05; 148. Jessica Drey, 22:36; 151. Sydney Suiter, 22:41; 170. Itzayanna Rubio, 24:06.


1. Creston 74, 2. Nevada 93, 3. Ballard 100, 4. Humboldt 107, 5. Saydel 113, 6. Gilbert 118, 7. ADM 133, 8. Bondurant-Farrar 181, 9. Clarke 248, 10. Madrid 286.


Leaders — 1. Luke Kohut-Jackson, Ballard, 16:47; 2. Casey Roberts, Saydel, 16:51; 3. Cooper McDermott, Creston, 17:05; 4. Jacob Miller, Humboldt, 17:30; 5. Jay Wolfe, Creston, 17:35; 6. Josh Berger, ADM, 17:44; 7. Owen Whitham, Gilbert, 17:54; 8. Ben Irr, Creston, 17:55; 9. Craig Jordan, Ballard, 17:56; 10. David Parker, Saydel, 18:05.

Creston — 3. Cooper McDermott, 17:05; 5. Jay Wolfe, 17:35; 8. Ben Irr, 17:55; 14. Garret Taylor, 18:24; 44. Isaiah Foster, 19:40; 50. Kruz Adamson, 19:55; 54. Brant Hudson, 20:10.

Creston JV — 30. Zack Peppmeier, 20:08; 40. Kaleb Cook, 20:21; 64. Isaac Wignall, 20:44; 78. Michael Walsh, 21:01; 82. Evan Nielsen, 21:05; 125. Jacob Geary, 21:49; 141. Nick Walsh, 22:07; 171. Kyle Jennett, 22:40; 202. Patrick Normandeau, 23:23; 247. Daniel Scott, 24:27; 258. Jeremy Stoll, 24:47; 315. Elijah Johnson, 29:53.



1. Lynnville-Sully 43, 2. South Hamilton 47, 3. Colfax-Mingo 87, 4. BCLUW 91, 5. Prairie Valley 116, 6. Grundy Center 165, 7. Colo-Nesco 186, 8. Pleasantville 221.


Leaders — 1. Destiny Scar, Nodaway Valley, 16:01; 2. Dakota Hostetter, Colfax-Mingo, 16:13; 3. Kaylee Miller, Southeast Warren, 16:19; 4. Kayla Lucas, South Hamilton, 16:28; 5. Tara Vos, Lynnville-Sully, 16:31; 6. Alexa Vander Leest, Lynnville-Sully, 16:35; 7. Kristen Weber, Earlham, 16:38; 8. Erica Rittgers, Prairie Valley, 16:41; 9. Becca Steckelberg, BCLUW, 16:45; 10. Cori Rice, Lynnville-Sully, 17:03.

Nodaway Valley — 1. Destiny Scar, 16:01; 40. Cheyenne Wenstad, 20:15; 62. Shelby Nupp-Holder, 23:36.


1. BCLUW 74, 2. South Hamilton 92, 3. Earlham 92, 4. Nodaway Valley 105, 5. Prairie Valley 112, 6. Lynnville-Sully 166, 7. Grundy Center 172, 8. Colo-Nesco 199, 9. Southeast Warren 215, 10. Orient-Macksburg 231, 11. Pleasantville 263, 12. Colfax-Mingo 266.


Leaders — 1. Cole Silver, BCLUW, 17:25; 2. Jacob Heeren, South Hamilton, 18:02; 3. Alan Schmidt, Earlham, 18:06; 4. Jordan Combes, Colo-Nesco, 18:10; 5. Espen Cleveland, Grundy Center, 18:17; 6. Derek Coulter, BCLUW, 18:18; 7. Ben Kuhl, BCLUW, 18:35; 8. Brayten Funke, Nodaway Valley, 18:38; 9. Canyon Kuhlmann, Lynnville-Sully, 18:39; 10. Spencer Warehime, Prairie Valley, 18:43.

Nodaway Valley — 8. Brayten Funke, 18:38; 12. Shane Breheny, 18:54; 14. Heath Downing, 19:08; 16. Nathan Venteicher, 19:26; 55. Noah Cooper, 22:04; 57. Matthew Dickinson, 22:21; 74. Dakota Ernst, 25:24.

Orient-Macksburg — 36. Jesse Johnson, 20:35; 42. Wyatt Hensley, 21:17; 44. Owen Hensley, 21:23; 46. Cameron Walker, 21:25; 63. Morgan Spurrier, 23:20; 66. Keaton Wambold, 23:52.

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