CASCADE - They’re starting to make a name for themselves state-wide, and with another solid performance at another extremely competitive meet, this time in Cascade Thursday, Sept. 17, the Anamosa boys’ cross country team continues to build towards their ultimate goal.
“That goal is to be running our best by Oct. 22,” said Raider cross country coach Ken Sunseri, as his boys are listed in the teams to watch among the top class 3A programs in the state.
“We made more huge steps towards that goal with our performances at Cascade. We’ve been working on attacking hills and the kids have been doing an outstanding job of that all season long. Cascade is known as having one of the toughest courses around, and our guys and girls all did the things they needed to do to be successful. We ran faster here at Cascade than we did at Iowa City Regina, and that’s a much flatter course.”
The Anamosa boys ran against five state-ranked teams in class 3A 12th-ranked Clear Creek-Amana, eighth-ranked Dubuque Walhert and 13th-ranked Monticello as well as class 1A third-ranked Maquoketa Valley and eighth-ranked Cascade.
“We’re used to going against tough competition, and the guys and girls stepped up and met it yet again,” Sunseri said as his boys’ team was seventh against the loaded 11-team field scoring 166 points.
“Everyone is getting to the point where hills don’t even bother them much anyone, but I want the kids to not need the hills to run to their threshold.”
Shea Keister once again turned in a solid performance coming through with a 19-minute, 20.7-second clocking that placed him just outside the meet top-20 at 21st overall while Drew Pate was 25th with his 19:44.2 effort.
Kole Haverly added a 20:08.2 clocking, good enough to score 33rd overall while Tristan Weers (43rd, 20:42.7), Gio Lopez (49th, 20:57.1), Jack Troester (52nd, 21:08.1) and Grayson Weers (55th, 21:17.7) also took to the course in Cascade for the Raider boys.
Clear Creek-Amana claimed the boys’ meet team title tallying 48 points while Dubuque Walhert was runner-up with 67.
Anamosa defeated Iowa City Regina (187 points), Beckman (272), Durant (295) and Maquoketa (297).
The Raider girls also posted solid performances in Cascade as Liz Riniker led a sixth-place team effort with a 23:08.4 clocking that placed her in the meet’s top-20 at 17th overall.
“Liz just continues to go out and attack and she’s pulling her teammates with her,” Sunseri said. “We were a little shorthanded at this meet on the girls’ side with no Natalie (Hersom), but the girls did what I asked of them and went out and competed. They’re all fighters.”
Lily Rogers continues to move up the rankings placing 25th in Cascade with a 23:56.5 effort while Ashlynn Brown was 33rd after her 24:23 clocking.
Leah Sleep (48th, 26:02), Emma Dales (58th, 30:00), Ashlynn Garrett (61st, 32:09.5) and Mickala Herrick (62nd, 32>45.7) also competed for the Anamosa girls.
Class 3A third-ranked Dubuque Wahlert claimed the girls’ team title scoring 44 points while class 1A fourth-ranked Iowa City Regina was second turning in a 73-point performance.
The Raider girls, who tallied 161 points, defeated Cascade (162) and Beckman (185).
The Anamosa JV boys were third against a six-team field scoring 103 points led by a 19th-place performance from Austin Wickham, who tallied a time of 21:42.2.
Sean Hollett was right on Wickham’s heels placing 21st in 21:55.7 while Andrew King (24th, 22:11.3) and Bryce Burnough (25th, 22:17.5) also turned in top-25 performances in the JV race.
Jaiden Peasley was the lone Raider representative in the JV girls’ event placing 41st overall with a 34:34.1 clocking.
The Anamosa middle school boys claimed another team title after their 30-point performance in Cascade topped a 12-team field.
Nate Fischer led all Raider middle schoolers coming through with a time of 13:44.4, good enough to place fifth against the 125-runner field, while teammates Miken Wheeler (6th, 13:48.9) and Carver Reiss (6th, 13:49.8) also finished in the top-10.
Hudson Scranton (12th, 13:58.9) and Seth Countryman (13th, 14:00.4) were also among the top performers at the event.
The Anamosa middle school girls tallied 104 points to score eighth against the nine-team field led by Rheagyn Uthoff, who was 23rd with a time of 17:54. Ava Remley (26th, 18:06.6) and Audrey Fort (27th, 18:20.5) were also among the girls’ top performers at the meet.