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Tee Jay boys, Harlan girls win

Tee Jay boys, Harlan girls win

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HARLAN, Iowa — Another meet, another battle at the top between the Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson and Harlan boys cross country teams.

Harlan’s Chris Brace won the individual title, but Thomas Jefferson’s Eldon Warner and Brian Collinson went 2-3 and the Jackets placed four in the top 12 to win the damp Harlan Invitational 43-48 Saturday morning.

On the girls side, Harlan — unrated in Iowa Class 3-A — edged Class 1-A No. 1 Griswold 70-72. Rebekah Topham led the Tigers by taking first, but the Cyclones’ Marissa Klindt and Mercedee Mayberry finished 10th and 11th. Harlan’s top five runners all finished within eight spots of each other to help clinch the collective victory.

“We’re getting faster,” Harlan coach Doug Renkly said. “We use our home meet as a springboard to find out how we want to run at our conference meet and state-qualifying meet. Everything is starting to fall into place.”

The Thomas Jefferson boys tied a school record by winning their fourth invitational of the season. Warner — recording his fourth runner-up finish this fall — crossed four seconds after Brace. Parker Raes (seventh), Zach LaCombe (12th) and Matt Powders (19th) all set season-best times for the Jackets.

“When somebody’s down, somebody seems to pick it up,” Thomas Jefferson coach Doug Muehlig said. “I really feel like there’s five guys who could be our top runner. We have some sayings about when we get knocked down, you get back up. They’ve been doing that.”

Renkly said both his boys and girls teams ran at full strength Saturday. His top girls runner, Bailey Kuhl, took 14th while running her first meet in nearly three weeks after resting a leg injury.

Atlantic’s Tiffany Williams (15:45) took second individually, trailing Topham by 77 seconds. Woodbine’s Megan Maaske, CB Abraham Lincoln’s Bre Waugh and Griswold’s Alyx Flippin rounded out the top five.

For the boys, Red Oak’s Josh Sunberg earned fourth, followed by Harlan’s Philip Sciranko.

BOYS

Team scoring: 1, Thomas Jefferson 43. 2, Harlan Community 48. 3, Glenwood 91. 4, St. Albert 115. 5, Denison-Schleswig 160. 6, Riverside 185. 7, Abraham Lincoln 189. 8, Red Oak 192. 9, Lewis Central 204. 10, Atlantic 231. 11, Griswold 317. 12, Treynor 323.

Individual results: 1, Chris Brace, Harlan, 17:14. 2, Eldon Warner, Thomas Jefferson, 17:18. 3, Brian Collinson, Thomas Jefferson, 17:29. 4, Josh Sunberg, Red Oak, 17:30. 5, Philip Sciranko, Harlan, 17:44. 6, Alex Brewer, Abraham Lincoln, 17:47. 7, Parker Raes, Thomas Jefferson, 17:51. 8, Baker Cambridge, Glenwood, 17:52. 9, Michael Sciranko, Harlan, 17:52. 10, Max Ross, St. Albert, 17:53.

GIRLS

Team scoring: 1, Harlan Community 70. 2, Griswold 72. 3, Lewis Central 100. 4, Abraham Lincoln 128. 5, Atlantic 150. 6, St. Albert 178. 7, Glenwood 182. 8, Red Oak 209. 9, Denison-Schleswig 221. 10, Treynor 224. 11, Thomas Jefferson 240. 12, Woodbine 248. 13, Adair-Casey 304.

Individual results: 1, Rebekah Topham, Griswold, 14:28. 2, Tiffany Williams, Atlantic, 15:45. 3, Megan Maaske, Woodbine, 15:55. 4, Bre Waugh, Abraham Lincoln, 16:01. 5, Alyx Flippin, Griswold, 16:04. 6, Denae Statzer, Lewis Central, 16:06. 7, Jacey Martin, St. Albert, 16:11. 8, Emma Preston, Abraham Lincoln, 16:18. 9, Lizzy Young, Glenwood, 16:20. 10, Marissa Klindt, Harlan, 16:22.

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