AUDUBON — The Nodaway Valley boys cross country team, ranked 15th in Class 1A, finished fourth in the 12-team field at the Audubon Invite here on Thursday.
The Wolverines finished behind fifth-ranked Riverside, Class 2A 14th-ranked Panorama and Tri-Center.
Heath Downing was the top finisher for the Nodaway Valley boys, which earned four individual medals by placing four in the top 20 of the meet. Downing finished 10th.
Also earning medals for Nodaway Valley were Brayten Funke (13th), Shane Breheny (18th) and Nate Venteicher (20th).
In the girls race, state seventh-ranked Destiny Scar stayed within one minute of two-time state champion and top-ranked Rebekah Topham of Griswold. Scar broke the 15-minute barrier for the first time this season.
One week after entering the state rankings for the first time under head coach Pat Schlapia at 15th in Class 3A, the Creston boys cross country team has dropped out of the rankings, released by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches.
Oskaloosa moved up into the spot occupied by the Panthers last week. Hawkeye 10 opponent Harlan is ranked eighth in Class 3A, while Shenandoah is ranked eighth in Class 2A.
The Nodaway Valley boys cross country team held steady with its No. 15 ranking in Class 1A boys.
In the individual rankings, Nodaway Valley sophomore Destiny Scar is ranked seventh in the Class 1A girls one week after being ranked 11th, while Mount Ayr junior Adrian Richards ranks 17th and East Union freshman Emma Harper is 23rd.
Creston sophomore Cooper McDermott dropped three spots from 27th to 30th in Class 3A.
Creston junior Maria Mostek, who was ranked 22nd in Class 3A last week, has fallen out of the ratings.