BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
KEOKUK – FMHS freshman Katelyn Dennis took fourth place and senior Dayne Cordray took fifth to highlight Bloodhound cross-country action at the Southeast Conference boys and girls meet Thursday night in Keokuk.
Dennis’ 21:36 was just :18 off of a top-three finish. Mt. Pleasant’s Abby Ryon won the meet with 19:25 mark and Fairfield’s Ashley Bloomquist finished at 19:43 to claim second place. Mt. Pleasant’s Maggie Jennings took third at 21:18.
Cordray completed the 5K at 17:44 just five seconds out of fourth place and 12 seconds from a top three finish. Mt. Pleasant’s Cody Mertens took first at 16:25 and fellow Panther Dalton Moyle finished second a full minute behind Mertens at 17:26.
Miguel Trejo and had a nice finish at 10th with a time of 18:26. FMHS’ Hayden Wolfe was 11th just two seconds behind Trejo. Anthony Barnes took 14th with a time of 18:53 and Will Gager rounded out the top five for Fort Madison with a 17th place finish at 19:03. The top five scored 57 points for Fort Madison good enough for third place at the meet.
Austin Miller took 25th and Owen Kruse finished 26th overall.
For the Lady Hounds, Ashlynn Haas was 15th overall with a time of 23:07.67, in almost a dead heat with Washington’s Ashley Telleen who ran a 23:07.12. Maddy McVey finished at 23:18 for 17th place. Claire Hellman captured 25th overall with a 25:12. The Lady Hounds only had four runners so they didn’t receive a team score as the top five make up the point total.
State qualifying for both the boys and girls runners will take place Oct. 18 in Fairfield with races beginning at 4 p.m.
In the junior varsity runs, Alex Steffensmeier edged out Mt. Pleasant’s Luke Ryon by three seconds with a 19:51 run, giving Steffensmeier first place overall in the boys run. Matt Hopper finished 26th at 23:10.
Tate Settles took sixth in the middle school boys run to lead FMMS with a time of 8:51.85, just missing a top-five finish by .67 seconds. Emmett Kruse, Carson Rashid both finished in the top 10 for FMMS.
In the girls middle school two-mile run, Madison Huebner, Emily Steffensmeier, Ellie Schulte and Kay Quittem finished 7th-10th in some nice pack running with Huebner leading the way at 10:13.