WINFIELD —The Pekin girls cross country team blew away its competition last Thursday, taking first at the SEISC Cross Country Meet with a breath-taking score of 22. Meanwhile, Pekin's Austin Fariss took eighth in the boys' meet and the Panthers took seventh with 145.
The Panther women's closest competition was Mediapolis, which finished 63 points behind Pekin with an 85. The Panther won the meet in such commanding fashion by inundating the top 10 with Panther harriers. Gwynne Wright was at the vanguard of Pekin's efforts, as she took first overall with 14:54. Wright's teammate Taylor Lock finished just behind her in second place with 15:13 and Shea Dahlstrom corralled fourth with 15:22. In addition, Sloan Reighard nabbed ninth with 15:43 and Bonnie Becker snared 10th with 16:00. In addition, Payton Lock took 16th with 16:33 and Samantha Wright corralled 17th with 16:39.
The Van Buren girls were led by Unity Daugherty, who finished 14th overall with 16:23 and Sydney Atwood took 24th with 17:11. In the boys' meet, the Panthers' Malcolm Meyers snared 26th with 17:29 and Micah Van Sickle came in 41st with 18:16.25. For the Warrior boys, Dalton Haynes took 32nd with 17:35.90 and Thomas Fitzsimmons corralled 52nd with 18:25.50. Plus, Fairfield Maharishi's Jordan Town took 64th with 19:03.34 and Alex Hoffman finished 89th with 20:35.78.
The 13th-ranked Oskaloosa (Class 3A) girls cross country team, spurred by Bailey Blythe's fourth-place finish, took second overall at the Little Hawkeye Conference championship with a score of 59.
The Indians' Sienna DeJong took fifth with 15:27 and Tori Palmer came in 13th with 16:31.
"Fantastic effort by the girls," Indian coach Michael Comfort said. "The ties for the highest finish ever by a girls' team at the IHC meet. Most of them ran their fastest times of the year. They continue to improve every meet.
Fourth-ranked Pella (Class 3A) finished first overall with 35