DES MOINES — The Ottumwa High cross country teams both took third at the CIML Metro Conference meet Thursday.
The boys' team finished with a score of 96 and the girls recorded a 67. The Buldog girl harriers finished only three points behind second-place finisher Indianola, which finished with 64. The girls efforts were spearheaded by Daylin Latham, who took ninth with a time of 17:28.
While Latham was the only Bulldog to crack the top 10, a number of the Ottumwa girls finished in the top 16, which earned them all-conference honors. Charlette Flanders corralled 11th with 18:00, Georgia Garrett followed closely behind her in 12th with 18:05 and Ashlyn Thompson nabbed 13th with 18:10. In addition, Jaiden Cloyd finished 22nd with 18:46, Gracie Rivera garnered 24th with 18:50 and Sam McCoy came in 26th with 19:04.
"I was extremely impressed with the way the girls came out and competed tonight," Ottumwa girls' coach Angie Chaney said. "Tonight is a testament to how hard the girls have worked this season."
For the boys, Cody McConnell ran well enough to earn himself a spot in the top 10, which garnered him all-conference hours. McConnell corralled eighth 17:31. Dalton Bowers notched the Bulldog boys second fastest time with 18:57, which landed him in 20th place. In addition, Collin McConnell snared 21st with 19:06 and Curtis Ford nabbed 23rd with 19:18. Plus, Shane Riley finished 24th with 19:22, Roger Cruz garnered 32nd with 19:56 and Sebastian Silva took 34th with 20:23.
"It shook out about how I figured it probably would," Ottumwa boys' coach Jeff Smith said. "Our times were very comparable to what we ran here a week ago."
The Ottumwa will complete in the Class 4A District meet Thursday in Marion at the Tuna Soccer Complex. The meet will be put on by Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
Metro Conference Championship
Team scoring —1. Roosevelt 29, 2. Indianola 39, 3. Ottumwa 96, 4. Lincoln 117, 5. Des Moines Hoover 123, 6. Des Moines North 138, 7. Des Moines East 207.