The Ottumwa Courier


September 14, 2013

Pekin girls dominate at Fairfield; Mustang girls win at home

BLOOMFIELD —The Davis County girls cross country team blew away its competition Thursday at the Lake Fisher Invitational and Albia edged the Mustangs in the boys' meet.

"Scoring 29 points in high school girls cross country is a pretty amazing team score," Davis County coach Josh Husted said about his girls' performance. "They are doing everything they can to make improvements every single meet."

The Mustang girls' dominant outing was spearheaded by Addie McKee and Ally McClure. McClure, who had taken first overall in her last two races; had to settle for second place this time behind her teammate, McKee. McKee zipped through the race in 16:29, while McClure completed the race in 16:45.

"Both those girls are phenomenal athletes," Mustang coach Josh Husted said about his two star runners.

In addition, Davis County's Kalleigh Tharp ran an excellent race, taking fourth overall and posting a personal best time of 17:09. Albia took a distant second in the girls' race with 71, Centerville grabbed third with 74 and Van Buren came in fourth with 99.

Michelle Manser's was Albia's bellwether, as she finished fifth overall with 17:20 and Van Buren's Unity Daugherty grabbed sixth with 17:50. In addition, Blue Demon Kaitlyn Spieler came in eighth with 18:12, Jordan Winkie notched ninth for Albia with 18:14, and Davis County's Marissa Hamburg claimed 10th with 18:19. Also, Mustang Jaylynn Sharp notched 12th with 18:44, Warrior Sydney Atwood finished 13th with 19:02 and Van Buren's Kadie Meek came in 24th with 21:20.

On the boys side, the Blue Demons, who finished with a score of 28; were spurred by Colton Dorpinghaus, who blazed through the race in 17:04. Albia also was aided by Tyler Pasut and Mason Cox. Pasut took third overall with 18:41, and Mason Cox grabbed fourth, finishing nine seconds behind Cox with 18:50.

Meanwhile, Zach Hougland paced the Mustangs, who finished second with a score of 32; by taking second overall with 17:38.

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