BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
KEOKUK – Dayne Cordray took third place at the Keokuk Invitational Cross Country meet Thursday leading the Bloodhounds to a first-place finish.
Cordray, a senior on this year’s squad, had a mark of 17:55 and was 14 seconds in front of Holy Trinity Catholic’s junior Matt Hellige, who finished in 4th place.
The Fort Madison boys team won with 48 points, followed by Clark County with 61, and Holy Trinity with 78 points. Central Lee was 6th with 185 points.
Katelyn Dennis captured 4th place in the girls’ varsity race with a 21:59 mark just 11 seconds out of 2nd place, Dennis led the Lady Hounds to a second-place finish with 50 points behind West Hancock’s score of 45.
Hounds Head Coach Brian Mendez, who handles both boys and girls cross country, said both Hound squads had good races.
“Both teams ran well. It was a good confidence race for us,” he said. “No doubt that Dayne and Katie ran well and will continue to only get stronger. I was also very happy with the way the rest of the team ran. Dayne is one of the areas’ best runners and Katie will be making her name known as well. I was pleased.”
HTC’s Philip Goldie also placed in the top 5 with a mark of 18:21.
Other top finishes for the Fort Madison boys included Anthony Barnes 18:50 (8th), Hayden Wolfe 18:56 (10th), Will Gager 19:07 (12th), Miguel Trejo 19:26 (15th), Owen Kruse 19:34 (18th), and Austin Miller 19:59 (19th).
For Holy Trinity, other finishers included Jacob Mohrfeld 14th with a time of 19:16, Adam Rauenbuehler 21:10 (27th), Sam Avery 21:11 ( 28th), Brant Holtkamp 21:34 (30th).
For the girls, Anna Kester finished in 8th place with a time of 23:29, Ashlynn Haas took 10th with a mark of 24:10, Maddy McVey ran in 24:28, and Claire Hellman finished at 27:08 (16th)
Central Lee took 4th place in the girls run with a score of 90 points.
In the junior varsity boys race, HTC’s Mitchell Pothitakis took second place with a time of 20:45. Fort Madison’s Alex Steffensmeier took 3rd place with a time of 21:10 and Holy Trinity’s Chandler Rung finished fourth at 21:44. HTC’s Michael Hellman and Fort Madison’s Shay Smith both finished in the top 10.