Dennis, Kester, and McVey finished 2-4 in girls run
BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
KEOKUK – Anthony Barnes captured eighth place at the Keokuk Cross Country meet on Thursday, but it was a pack of Hounds that helped seal the victory on the boys side.
The Hounds won the six-team event with 54 points, followed West Hancock with 61.
After Barnes’ 8th place cross at 18:28.59, Austin Miller, Will Gager, Hayden Wolfe and Tate Settles peppered the finish line with consecutive 10th through 13th place finishes. The top-five finishes are figured in the team scoring with the lowest point total winning.
Miller finished at 19:10.33 with Gager just six seconds behind at 19:16.79. Wolfe finished at 19:20.58 and Settles came in at 19:28.35.
In the girls event, Katie Dennis finished at 22:29.71, a minute-twenty off the pace of Clark County, Mo.’s Grace Buschling.
The Lady Hounds took three of the top four spots with senior Anna Kester finishing at 23:03.36 and Maddy McVey at 23:11.83 to take 3rd and 4th.
But FMHS didn’t get another lady across until Ellie Schulte crossed at 11th with a time of 24:26.82. Mylah Blanchard and Marquel Warner came in at 14th and 15th with times of 25:05.23 and 25:34.71 respectively. The 34 points were just three more than first-place Clark County.
Lily Scott finished at 26:14.85 (20th) to round out the Lady Hounds effort on the day.
For the boys, Ben Thiele finished at 20:17:01 (20th), followed right behind by Nathaniel Swigart with a time of 20:24.04 (21st).
In the junior varsity boys race Alex Steffensmeier took first with a run of 20:32.20, followed by Emmett Kruse and Cameron Shutwell with times of 22:19.16 and 23:16.62.
For the junior varsity girls, Kay Quittem finished first with 26:45.54, Tauren Settles finished second at 27:20.11 and Brandy Walker took 3rd at 27:41.87. Lauren Otte and Rachel Hellman came in 4th and 6th place, respectively.