GREENFIELD — Jesse Vicker and Matthew Rouh led the Creston middle school cross country teams here Monday at the Nodaway Valley Invitational.
“The NV meet was an exciting one for our team,” Creston middle school cross country coach Clay Arnold said. “It has been really fun over the past few weeks watching Matthew Rouh improve every single meet. He had really been challenging our number one runner Cade Vicker at each of the last few meets, and his next goal was to overtake him in that position.”
Rouh did just that, finishing third in the middle school boys 2-mile race, running 12:59. Cade Vicker finished eighth in 13:44 and Dylan Linch just missed giving the Panther boys three medals, as he finished 11th in 13:59.
“We medaled three girls in their division, and all three were seventh graders,” Arnold said. “If team points had been kept, our girls would have scored really well.”
Jesse Vicker finished fourth in 14:52, followed by Rachel Wignall in fifth at 15:10 and Emma Berning finished eighth in 15:34.
The Panthers travel to Atlantic today in the final tuneup before the Hawkeye 10 Conference Meet.
Boys — 3. Matthew Rouh, 12:59; 8. Cade Vicker, 13:44; 11. Dylan Linch, 13:59; 33. Lee Normandeau, 16:42; 35. Ben Bargstadt, 16:51.
Girls — 4. Jesse Vicker, 14:52; 5. Rachel Wignall, 15:10; 7. Emma Berning, 15:34; 21. Karlmen Chuong, 15:52; Sara Williamson, 18:17; 28. Alyssa Trembly, 18:43; 34. Kayla Luther, 20:01.