PARK VIEW — Clinton finished fourth in both the boys and girls varsity races Tuesday afternoon at the Lancer Invitational cross country meet at Scott County Park.
Sophomore Noah Smith led the River Kings with a 10th-place finish in 18 minutes, 36 seconds on the 5,000-meter course. Junior Lauren Buer led a bunch-up group of River Queens, taking 19th place in 24:48.
“Last year, we placed seventh in the girls and fifth in the boys varsity races, so to move up to fourth in both races shows wholesale improvement in our program, and we’re are proud of the effort the athletes put in tonight,” Clinton Coach Kellen Schneeberger said.
North Scott won the boys title with 36 points, while Davenport North (62) and Davenport Assumption (85) also finished ahead of Clinton (107). Tyler Meyers led seventh-place Maquoketa (180) with a 19th-place finish in 19:10.
The Lancers also won the girls title, claiming the top four places and finishing with 16 points, one away from a perfect score. Presley Case won the 5,000-meter race in 20:07. Davenport Central (57) and Assumption (67) also finished ahead of Clinton (117), and Maquoketa (135) was fifth in the six-team field. Brooklyn Waller was 16th (24:24) to lead the Cardinals.
“Tonight’s race was a challenge for our athletes with an uptick in temperature and a tough workout the night before,” Schneeberger said. “They did a great job of pushing through and competing for every place. This meet gives us a chance to race four MAC schools on a quality course right in the heart of some of our most difficult workouts. It’s nice to see how we are stepping up and competing.”
Kyle Guilliams (19:18) was the second finisher for the Clinton boys, taking 20th place. Parker Sirna (23rd in 19:35), Andrew Sattler (26th, 19:58) and Sean Hammond (27th, 19:59) also scored for the Kings.
“Individually, Noah Smith and Kyle Guilliams continue to set the pace for us on race day, but they are pushed daily in practice, which is really helping everyone,” Schneeberger said. “We’re still hoping to see Parker Sirna, Andrew Sattler, Kyle Gassman and Oscar Ramirez continue to jockey for position in the top seven.”
Keegan Cassidy had the second-best finish for the River Queens. She placed 22nd in 25:46, with Paige Suessmith (25:57) and Marlen Dondiego (25:59) taking the next two spots. Alexis Witherspoon was 29th (27:42) as Clinton’s fifth scorer.
“The girls are still led by Lauren Buer, but Keegan Cassidy, Paige Suessmith and Marlen Dondiego are starting to feed off her pacing and are running much better together,” Schneeberger said. “Several of our JV runners are closing the gap on varsity spots, so it’ll be fun to see who ends up in the top seven by the end of the year.”
Prophetstown edges Thunder
THOMSON, Ill. — Prophetstown won a close battle against host West Carroll in a girls golf dual meet Tuesday at Sandburr Run Golf Course.
The Prophets had a 232-stroke team total to West Carroll’s 236.
Hannah Guilinger of West Carroll was the meet medalist with a 52, while teammate Emily Hartman and Prophetstown’s Hannah Kolling tied for second with 53s. Guilinger recorded pars on Nos. 1, 7 and 8 (par-5, -3 and -4 holes, respectively).
“This was our best team score of the season,” West Carroll Coach Joe Guilinger said. “Hannah has been playing well this past week and had her lowest score of the season.
Jasmine Haggard (58), Samantha Soleta (60) and Fiona Huffstutler (61) were Prophetstown’s other scorers, while West Carroll got a 65 from Celia Hartman and a 66 from Bella Mendoza.
“Emily and Celia also had their lowest scores of the season,” Coach Guilinger said.
Prophets 2nd in close meet
CAMBRIDGE, Ill. — Sherrard edged Prophetstown and Orion in a competitive boys triangular meet Tuesday at Valley View Golf Course.
The Tigers finished with a 182 total, while Prophetstown (184) finished one stroke ahead of Orion (185).
Ethan Earl or Sherrard was the meet medalist with a 40, finishing one stroke better than Prophetstown’s Jaden Taylor. Harry Ames shot a 45 for the Prophets, and Aaron Hanrahan and Dawson Haggard each shot a 49.
Tyler Battin had the low score for Orion, a 44.