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Fillies win Perry Invite title

Matt Oliver/Boone News-Republican Jaymie Block helped Dallas Center-Grimes to the Leon Fox Invitational title in Perry on Oct. 3.
Matt Oliver/Boone News-Republican Jaymie Block helped Dallas Center-Grimes to the Leon Fox Invitational title in Perry on Oct. 3.
Matt Oliver/Boone News-Republican Connor Slater and A-D-M finished eighth.
Matt Oliver/Boone News-Republican Connor Slater and A-D-M finished eighth.

Dallas Center-Grimes got two top-10 finishes and pulled away from Ballard to win the A division of the Leon Fox Invitational in Perry on Oct. 3.

Madison Waymire led the Fillies with a second-place finish in 15 minutes, 26 seconds, trailing only Abby Kohut-Jackson of Ballard, who was first in 15:03. Emma Bravard was 10th in 16:41, followed by Brooke Jacobsen (15th in 17:16), Jaymie Block (22nd in 17:34) and Jessica Pugh (29th in 17:44). Also running were Maci Masching, who was 43rd, and Sydnee Hendricks, who was 65th.

Kirsten Lundy won the junior varsity race in 17:10.

“I’m very happy with the team win and overall team performance at the Perry meet,” coach Justin Droppert said. “They girls ran extremely hard and were focusing on how to conquer the tough spots in their race.”

DC-G finished with a team score of 78 to beat Ballard (92) and Creston (94).

A-D-M finished ninth with 221 points. Brianna Mueller finished sixth overall in 16:01, followed by Danielle James (50th in 18:32), Jessica Gard (52nd in 18:39), Hannah Tiffany (56th in 18:57) and Jenny Wicks (57th in 18:58). Erica Baier (74th) and Mackenzie Fuller (80th) rounded out the lineup.

Van Meter also competed but did not factor in the team scoring. Sarah Koch was 19th in the B division standings with a time of 17:43. Grace Seiler was 36th in 19:38 and Maddie Allen was 38th in 19:48.

DC-G’s boys’ team finished fourth in the A division. Chad Connelly (17:48) and Carsen Kurth (17:52) were 15th and 16th, followed by Blake Schaben (23rd in 18:11), Jared Brevard (29th in 18:20), Austin Goode (33rd in 18:28), Josh Paulson (34th in 18:29) and Nick Smith (38th in 18:42).

The A-D-M boys finished eighth and were led by Joshua Berger, who was eighth with a time of 17:21. Scott Clabough (18:39) and Kyle Ferguson (18:40) were 36th and 37th, Trevor Danner was 49th in 19:12 and Mark Sinnwell finished 51st in 19:19. Also running were Connor Slater (52nd) and Trevor Harsh (68th).

Van Meter finished sixth in the B division. Austin Dunbar was ninth in 18:16, Ty Thomas was 32nd in 19:44, David Brangoccio was 35th in 19:48, Michael Kinley was 37th in 20:04 and Will Seiler was 47th in 20:39. Also running was John Maher, who was 56th.

A-D-M and DC-G will both run Thursday at Atlantic. The tigers then take part in the Raccoon River Conference meet on Monday in Huxley, while DC-G debuts at the Little Hawkeye Conference meet in Grinnell.

“The Little Hawkeye Conference” has to be one of the most competitive 3A conferences around for cross country,” Droppert said. “It seemed like every team in the RRC had at least one outstanding individual. The LHC will not have quite as many individual contenders, but the team race will be very tough. We are looking forward to it.”

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