Johnston won the boys team title with 27 points with all five runners finishing in the top ten. Ames finished second with 74 points, led by Daniel Lee’s winning time of 16:39.
Due to the ongoing Homecoming activities back in Ottumwa that were going on during the meet, several of the Ottumwa girls did not participate in the Indianola Invitational. The Bulldogs girls were not able to put up a team score with just four runners competing, but the effort shown by all four girls in an equally tough girls’ race was pleasing to OHS head coach Angela Chaney.
“It was challenging to find a way to compete with that many quality teams, but the girls that ran did a good job coming up and staying with the top pack of runners throughout the entire race,” Chaney said. “This is the most competitive race we’ll run in all season and the girls that ran for us put it all out there. They were extremely focused from start to finish.”
Daylin Latham led the Bulldog girls, finishing 25th overall in a time of 16:59. Georgia Garrett came home in 41st in 17:50 while Charlette Flanders finished 49th in 18:08.
The Ottumwa cross-country teams will be off until next Thursday’s Iowa City High Invitational, joining the Peking Panthers yet another tough meet heading into the second half of the season.
“It’s hard to believe we’re already winding up,” Smith said. “We’re down to our last five meets. We have a lot of work to do between now and the end of the season, but I’m convinced we can get that work done.”
Indianola Cross-Country Invitational
Team scoring — 1. Johnston 27, 2. Ames 74, 3. Indianola 115, 4. Pella 120, 5. Ankeny Centennial 139, 6. Urbandale 168, 7. Ankeny 180, 8. Southeast Polk 191, 9. WDM Valley 236, 10. Boone 247, 11. WDM Dowling Catholic 285, 12. Ottumwa 314, 13. Dallas Center-Grimes 322, 14. Norwalk 378, 15. Des Moines Roosevelt 443, 16. Des Moines Lincoln 510.