Emmanuel Marcos-Teles of Clinton High and Jackie Kokjohn of Prince of Peace won the individual races Tuesday as area high school cross country teams opened the season at the Clinton Quad at Emma Young Park.
Kokjohn beat Northeast’s Kaitlynn Riley to finish line by almost two seconds to win the 4,000-meter girls event in 16 minutes, 43.18 seconds.
Riley led a Northeast contingent that claimed five of the next six spots as she finished in 16:44.94. Teammate Hannah Kilburg followed in 16:48.27.
Nicole Nielsen of Camanche broke up the group of Rebels with a fourth-place finish in 16:58.27, then Northeast’s Aleenah Marcucci (17:23.99), Emily Franks (17:30.22) and Joyse Kaczinski (17:50.88) claimed the next three spots.
Kim Kaster led Clinton with an eighth-place finish in 18:17.07.
Lauren Pittman of Prince of Peace (18:53.32) and Shelby Weets of Clinton (18:54.27) rounded out the top 10.
Marcos-Teles cruised to the victory in the boys race. He ran the 5,000-meter course in 16:50.85, while runner-up Eli Kaczinski of Northeast crossed the finish line in 17:21.09.
Clinton’s Nathan Schroeder was third in 18:33.39, and teammate Bret Determan took fifth in 19:19.93. Northeast’s Connor Soenksen finished between the two River Kings in 18:55.33.
“We had a great day to run and some fantastic performances from our runners,” Clinton coach Wes Golden said. “From Emmanuel’s win and time to the many runners’ significant drops in time from last year, like Dan Shaw, Jeremy Regenwether and Brandon Burkhart had several-minute reduction from last year’s times.”
Jeremiah Jones of Camanche took sixth in 19:23.17, Hunter Bielenberg of Northeast was seventh in 19:24.96, then Clinton’s Hunter Genco (19:31.14), Dustin Ewalt (19:35.61), Cole Stuedemann (19:40.47) and Jeremey Mooney (19:42.99) took four of the next five spots. Only Logan Peterson of Camanche, who finished in 10th place (19:38.26) split up the Kings.
Dermot Bly led Prince of Peace with a 13th-place finish in 19:52.42.
“This is a great meet to see where we are and where we need to go in workouts,” Golden said. “It is often and eye-opener for the runners. Overall, I believe we are on track for a solid season.”