Nodaway Valley sophomore Destiny Scar and Mount Ayr senior Noah Larsen both posted dominant victories in the Class B individual races at the Creston Invitational on Tuesday.
Scar, who didn’t back away from the Class A competition, got out to a good start before the girls race was called back to the line.
She didn’t let it bother her, however, as she got out well again, taking the early lead.
Scar held that position through the early part of the race before Winterset’s Dominique Fleming overtook her around the mile marker.
Moving back onto the Crestmoor Golf Club golf course, Fleming began to open up her lead on Scar.
But, as the leaders made their turn back to the east toward the final climb, Scar began to close in on Fleming, and the Nodaway Valley sophomore was able to overtake the Winterset junior in the final stretch to claim the overall individual title.
Scar, ranked 11th in Class 1A, crossed the line in 16:30, winning Class B by :33 over second place Emma Harper of East Union. Fleming won Class A in 16:34.
Harper is the 24th-ranked runner in Class 1A. Mount Ayr junior Adrian Richards, ranked 16th in Class 1A, finished fifth in 17:18.
Lenox’s Rebekah Kroese finished 11th overall in 19:23. Southwest Valley was led by Steph Shuler in 15th place, running 19:52.
The Timberwolves finished third in the team standings with 57 points, 10 points back of Bedford for second. Adair-Casey claimed the team title with 36 points. Earlham, ranked 15th in Class 1A, ran with just four runners and did not factor into the team standings.
Mount Ayr finished fourth in Class B with 85 points.
Mount Ayr’s Larsen also took advantage of the level of competition provided by the runners in Class A.
He took a different approach to the race than did Scar, as Larsen sat back during the first mile and a half of the course before making a push to move forward.
“I guess for the first mile and a half, I was kind of sitting back and worked my way into third at about the 2-mile mark,” Larsen said. “And then kind of battled it out for second for a while. I passed him (Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson’s Eldon Warner), then he passed me and eventually on the uphill, I got him again and finished it off.”
Larsen held off Warner down the stretch, as both ran 17:16. He won the Class B race by nearly :50, as Earlham’s Alan Schmidt finished second in 18:05.
For Larsen, who is in his first year of being a full-time cross country runner after doing dual-sport participation last year, this was a good opportunity for him to gain experience. It was only his second race of the season because of meets being cancelled.
“This last week I was a little disappointed,” he said about a meet being cancelled. “Practice was getting a little boring, so it’s good to get out there and compete and see where I’m at since I’ve been feeling good and ready to race. It was good to get out here and get some good experience against some good competition.”
Larsen’s teammate Jack Jones finished fifth overall, running 19:23.
Nodaway Valley’s young runners also competed well, placing four in the top 10.
Brayten Funke led the Wolverines with a third place finish in 18:34. Heath Downing placed fourth in 18:57. Shane Breheny crossed in ninth and Nathan Venteicher finished 10th.
The Wolverines finished second in the team standings, just four points behind Earlham, 42-46. Earlham is ranked 14th in Class 1A and Nodaway Valley is ranked 15th.
Lane Peterson led the way for Southwest Valley, finishing seventh in 19:28. He paced the Timberwolves to a third place team finish with 80 points.
Orient-Macksburg finished fourth in the team standings with 94 points, one point ahead of Mount Ayr.
Jesse Johnson led the Bulldogs, running 20:22 for 16th. Cameron Walker finished 18th in 20:46.
Lenox was led by Jacob Bolinger, who ran 20:56 for 19th place.
GIRLS TEAM SCORES
1. Adair-Casey 36, 2. Bedford 47, 3. Southwest Valley 57, 4. Mount Ayr 85.
Leaders — 1. Destiny Scar, Nodaway Valley, 16:30; 2. Emma Harper, East Union, 17:03; 3. Kristen Weber, Earlham, 17:07; 4. Charissa Mogler, Bedford, 17:11; 5. Adrian Richards, Mount Ayr, 17:18; 6. Katie Steward, Earlham, 18:28; 7. Morgan Allen, Earlham, 18:36; 8. Kassidy Chandler, Adair-Casey, 18:39; 9. Katlyn Holaday, Adair-Casey, 18:43; 10. Calyn Matheny, Bedford, 19:34.
East Union — 2. Emma Harper, 17:03; 14. Jena Proffitt, 19:51.
Lenox — 11. Rebekah Kroese, 19:23.
Mount Ayr — 5. Adrian Richards, 17:18; 28. Megan Warin, 22:35; 29. Naomi Richards, 22:49; 32. Neesie Brand, 23:40; 34. Christiana Overholtzer, 24:24; 36. Jennifer King, 26:03.
Nodaway Valley — 1. Destiny Scar, 16:30; 25. Cheyenne Wenstad, 21:51; 35. Shelby Nupp-Holder, 25:41.
Southwest Valley — 15. Steph Shuler, 19:52; 18. Diana Berggren, 20:10; 19. Kendra Top, 20:27; 21. Darien Keefe, 21:06; 24. Chloe Keefe, 21:39; 27. Aunica Harvey, 22:33; 30. Christine Shipley, 23:30.
BOYS TEAM SCORES
1. Earlham 42, 2. Nodaway Valley 46, 3. Southwest Valley 80, 4. Orient-Macksburg 94, 5. Mount Ayr 95.
Leaders — 1. Noah Larsen, Mount Ayr, 17:16; 2. Alan Schmidt, Earlham, 18:05; 3. Brayten Funke, Nodaway Valley, 18:34; 4. Heath Downing, Nodaway Valley, 18:57; 5. Jared Smith, Clarinda Academy, 19:02; 6. Jack Jones, Mount Ayr, 19:23; 7. Lane Peterson, Southwest Valley, 19:28; 8. A.J. Leporte, Earlham, 19:31; 9. Shane Breheny, Nodaway Valley, 19:31; 10. Nathan Venteicher, Nodaway Valley, 19:32.
East Union — 13. Gabe Nixon, 19:50.
Lenox — 19. Jacob Bolinger, 20:56; 32. Daniel Boschee, 23:49; 37. Riley Haidsiak, 24:43.
Mount Ayr — 1. Noah Larsen, 17:16; 6. Jack Jones, 19:23; 38. Quintin Chumbley, 24:51; 40. Clint Bounds, 25:46; 41. Heath Andresen, 29:12.
Nodaway Valley — 3. Brayten Funke, 18:34; 4. Heath Downing, 18:57; 9. Shane Breheny, 19:31; 10. Nathan Venteicher, 19:32; 29. Matthew Dickinson, 22:58; 35. Dakota Ernst, 24:30.
Orient-Macksburg — 16. Jesse Johnson, 20:22; 18. Cameron Walker, 20:46; 23. Wyatt Hensley, 21:28; 30. Owen Hensley, 23:03; 33. Keaton Wambold, 24:02; 34. Morgan Spurrier, 24:23;
Southwest Valley — 7. Lane Peterson, 19:28; 17. Garrett Newton, 20:39; 25. Quinten Oldenkamp, 21:50; 27. Connor Haggerty, 22:33; 28. Trevor Sorensen, 22:47; 31. Evan Baldwin, 23:31; 39. William Roberts, 25:08.