The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 19, 2013

Cross Country: Prince of Peace shines in Tri Rivers

Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald

---- — TROY MILLS — Jackie Kokjohn faced stiff competition ahead of the pack at Thursday's Tri-Rivers Conference cross country meet. The senior Prince of Peace runner found herself in fourth place midway through the 4-kilometer race, according to Irish coach Owen Howard. Kokjohn found herself in a dogfight with Calamus-Wheatland's Megan Slattery and North Linn's Hanna Adams while trailing the Lynx's Nicole Miller.

"They were pretty much neck-and-neck for fourth place," Howard said. "Then, probably around the mile marker, they picked it up and started catching the leader."

The race was so tight, Howard said, that after Kokjohn and Slattery caught up to Miller, the leader and runner-up traded places several times. Kokjohn had the lead with 600 meters to go in the race.

But, at the 250-meter mark, Miller regained it, edging Prince of Peace's lone girls runner by one second — 15 minutes, 33 seconds to Kokjohn's 15:34. Slattery was third at 15:43, helping the Warriors to a second-place team finish.

"Jackie ran a pretty good race," Howard said. "She ended up gaining on the No. 1 girl and actually passing her, but she wound up getting re-passed again at the end. ...

"She was pretty satisfied. Obviously she would've liked to get first, but she ran a good race."

While Kokjohn earned silver in the girls race, the Prince of Peace boys followed suit with a second-place finish as a team. Devin Bly led all Irish boys with a fifth-best 19:00 time in the 5-kilometer race. Marquette Catholic's Lucas Schmidt placed first at 17:49, the top finisher for the first-place Mohawks. Both Marquette and Prince of Peace are newcomers to the Tri-Rivers, joining when the Big East Conference disbanded.

"Devin ran out real strong," Howard said. Joining Bly with top-20 finishes were brother Dermot Bly (eighth), Jacob Jankowski (12th), Seth Moeller (17th) and Caleb Kitteringham (19th). Howard added both the boys and girls races were good indicators for what both groups will work on leading up to Thursday's district race.

"We talked about trying a few things," he said. "The last couple of meets we've finally figured out what we need to do in the races. As a team, I think all of us are coming together. We're starting to peak at the right time."

Jankowski's journey to the finish line was especially difficult — midway through the race, the junior runner lost his shoe and finished the last two miles in his sock. Howard said the team "will have to double-knot those shoe laces" for next week's race.

Sabers' Marti 2nd

CENTER POINT — Central DeWitt's Kyle Marti finished second behind Center Point-Urbana's Josh Yeager during the WaMaC conference meet Thursday. Marti led the Sabers to a 11th-place overall finish in the boys race. Maquoketa was 12th overall, led by Cale Gent's 28th-best time.

For the WaMaC girls, DeWitt placed seventh behind Mikayla Coyle's 28th-best finish. The Cardinals were 13th, led by Janie Saunders' 52nd-place run. More than 250 runners competed in both races.

TRI-RIVERS CONFERENCE MEET

Thursday, Oct. 17

BOYS

Team standings

1. Marquette Catholic 37; 2. Prince of Peace 51; 3. Springville-Central 68; 4. Calamus-Wheatland 102; 5. Alburnett 106; 6. Easton Valley 129.

Individual leaders

1. Lucas Schmidt (Marquette) 17:49; 2. Sam Lorimer (Springville) 18:06; 3. Evan Boss (North Linn) 18:09; 4. Sam Reilly (Midland) 18:40; 5. Devin Bly (PoP) 19:00.

PRINCE OF PEACE — 5. Dev. Bly 19:00; 8. Dermot Bly 19:14; 12. Jacob Jankowski 19:27; 17. Seth Moeller 19:35; 19. Caleb Kitteringham 19:59.

MARQUETTE CATHOLIC — 1. Schmidt 17:49; 6. Karter Kilburg 19:05; 9. Logan Schroeder 19:22; 13. Lucas Frank 19:28; 16. Kelby Mueller 19:33; 18. Sam Peters 19:43; 22. Michael Peters 20:11.

CALAMUS-WHEATLAND — 11. Cole Moeller 19:26; 14. David Benischek 19:31; 20. John Licth 20:02; 38. Liam Ballanger 24:30; 42. Aaron Dierickx 35:53.

EASTON VALLEY — 23. Andrew Kilburg 20:14; 25. Drake Reuter 21:07; 34. Wyatt Bierman 22:48; 35. Dustin Lippens 22:58; 36. Jordan Secor 23:12.

GIRLS

Team standings

1. North Linn 22; 2. Calamus-Wheatland 70; 3. Springville-Central 79; 4. Easton Valley 88; 5. Marquette Catholic 117; 6. East Buchanan.

Individual leaders

1. Nicole Miller (North Linn) 15:33; 2. Jackie Kokjohn (PoP) 15:34; 3. Megan Slattery (Cal-Wheat) 15:43; 4. Hanna Adams (North Linn) 16:07; 5. Meghan McLaughlin (EV) 16:13.

PRINCE OF PEACE — 2. Kokjohn 15:34.

CALAMUS-WHEATLAND — 3. Slattery 15:43; 14. Morgan Vanderheiden 16:53; 18. Kailey Potter 17:31; 22. Dana Koester 17:39; 27. Sierra Rodriguez 18:13.

EASTON VALLEY — 5. McLaughlin 16:13; 20. Abby Smithson 17:38; 21. Rose Strait 17:38; 25. Andrea Junge 18:06; 33. Melissa Strait 19:00; 39. Brooke Wagner 20:15.

MARQUETTE CATHOLIC — 15. Kristina Koos 16:55; 17. Molly Sieverding 17:29; 32. Anna Nolting 18:59; 38. Ellie Sieverding 20:04; 42. Clare Davis 21:03.

WAMAC CONFERENCE MEET

Thursday, October 17

GIRLS

Team standings

1. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 66; 2. Solon 84; 3. Vinton-Shellsburg 103; 4. Williamsburg 115; 5. Western Dubuque 131; 6. West Delaware 170; 7. Central DeWitt 207; 8. Benton 249; 9. Center Point-Urbana 251; 10. Marion 253; 11. Anamosa 289; 12. Clear Creek-Amana 337; 13. Maquoketa 359; 14. Independence 387; 15. Dyersville Beckman 422.

Individual leaders

1. Lily Horst (Vinton) 15:01; 2. Bristi Gerber (Vinton) 15:29; 3. Madison Bach (Marion) 15:31; 4. Alex Smith (Solon) 15:39; 5. Cassie Kenney (Vinton) 15:39.

CENTRAL DEWITT — 24. Mikayla Coyle 16:24; 30. Sarah Schoel 16:25; 45. Miah Betz 16:56; 53. Kali Roling 17:04; 62. Courtney Arndt 17:12; 70. Shannon Coyle 17:20; 86. Nicole Goldensoph 17:45.

MAQUOKETA — 52. Janie Saunders 17:04; 82. Ellie Burmahl 17:44; 111. Cassie Ruppert 18:18; 132. Tess Nissan 18:43; 138. Ashley Becker 18:48; 155. Sofie Andersen 19:15; 193. Jessica Gerardy 20:01.

BOYS

Team standings

1. Center-Point Urbana 83l 2. Vinton-Shellsburg 93; 3. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 95; 4. Marion 100; 5. Clear Creek-Amana 124; 6. Solon 130; 7. Williamsburg 148; 8. Western Dubuque 162; 9. Benton 260; 10. West Delaware 271; 11. Central DeWitt 274; 12. Maquoketa 346; 13. Independence 398; 14. Dyersville Beckman 454.

Individual leaders

1. Josh Yeager (CPU) 16:24; 2. Kyle Marti (DeWitt) 16:30; 3. Colton Forster (Marion) 16:35; 4. Michael Marshall (CPU) 16:43; 5. Jack Murray (CCA) 16:49.

CENTRAL DEWITT — 2. Marti 16:30; 68. Christian Wright 18:28; 70. Peter Keegan 18:30; 73. Lucas Block 18:34; 118. Mathew Townsley 19:33; 122. Brett Hippler 19:34; 125. Ryan Davison 19:36.

MAQUOKETA — 83. Ryan Murphy 18:49; 142. Jacob Miller 20:09; 150. Sam Fowler 20:17; 153. Joey Lyon20:22; 240. Dylan Bahl 24:09; 241. Ben Davison 24:28; 251. Joey Pawlawski 28:57.