The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 24, 2013

Slattery, Meyer win invitational

Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald

---- — BELLEVUE -- Andrew Meyer walked away a home town winner; Megan Slattery narrowly edged Jack Kokjohn; and the Maquoketa girls and Bellevue boys both placed five in the top-15 during the co-ed Comet Invitational cross country meet on Monday.

Slattery of Calamus-Wheatland and Kokjohn of Prince of Peace were neck-and-neck throughout their race, pushing well ahead of the rest of the pack. Both runners crossed the finish line leading third place runner Nicole Nielsen by over a minute. But Slattery was two seconds faster than Kokjohn, finishing at 16 minutes, 5 seconds to the Irish runner’s 16:07.

It took three more runners before Jamie Saunders crossed the finish line as the first Cardinal in fifth place overall. But after her there were a slew of teammates. Cassie Ruppert finished seventh, Ellie Burhmal ninth, Ashley Becker 12th, Jessica Garrardy 14th and Tess Nissan 15th as Maquoketa finished with a team-low 47 points, beating out Easton Valley’s 95 and Bellevue’s 96.

Meghan McLaughlin led the second place River Hawks with fourth overall, and Bellevue’s Rachel Kilburg placed sixth to lead the Comets.

In the boys’ race, Meyer entered the race a favorite, and left it a champion. His first place 16:30 beat runner-up Lucas Schmidt of Marquette Catholic by nearly 50 seconds. Meyer’s teammates -- Logan DeVries, Anders Frieberg and Nathan Goslin -- also finished top-10 while Josh Sieverding was the final Comets’ scorer with a 14th place finish.

Bellevue won with 38 points, followed by Marquette’s 50 and Prince of Peace’s 73. Following Schmidt for third was Maquoketa’s Zach Koppes at 17:32 and Camanche’s Logan Peterson at 17:56.

The top Irish runner was Devin Bly with a 10th best 18:56.

Comets Invitational

Boys’ Team Standings

1. Bellevue 38; 2. Marquette Catholic 50; 3. Prince of Peace 73; 4. Maquoketa 95.

Top five

1. Andrew Meyer (Bellevue) 16:30; 2. Lucas Schmidt (Marquette) 17:19; 3. Zach Koppes (Maquoketa) 17:32; 4. Logan Peterson (Camanche) 17:56; 5. Sam Reilly (Midland) 18:28.

Runners by team

BELLEVUE -- 1. Meyer 16:30; 6. Logan DeVries 18:34; 8. Anders Frieberg 18:42; 9. Nathan Goslin 18:50; 14. Josh Sieverding 19:05; 20. Chase Kueter 19:52; 27. Aaron Beckley 21:01.

MARQUETTE -- 2. Schmidt 17:19; 7. Logan Schroeder 18:39; 11. Kelby ueller 18:59; 12. Sam Peters 19:00; 18. Lucas Frank 19:37; 21. Jordan Kell 20:02.

PRINCE OF PEACE -- 10. Devin Bly 18:56; 13. Seth Moeller 19:00; 15. Jacob Jankowski 19:06; 16. Dermot Bly 19:15; 19. Caleb Kitteringham 19:40.

MAQUOKETA -- 3. Koppes 17:32; 17. Ryan Murphy 19:30; 23. Jake Miller 20:16; 24. Sam Fowler 20:19; 28. Joey Lyon 21:09.

CAMANCHE -- 4. Peterson 17:58; 22. Brady Determan 20:07; 29. Alden McMinimy 21:13; 31. Justin McMullen 25:45.

CALAMUS-WHEATLAND -- 25. Jon Licht 20:35; 26. Cole Moeller 20:48; 30. David Benischek 21:51.

Girls Team Standings

1. Maquoketa 47; 2. Easton Valley 95; 3. Bellevue 96; 4. Camanche 103; 5. Marquette Catholic 106.

Top five

1. Megan Slattery (CW) 16:05; 2. Jackie Kokjohn (Prince of Peace) 16:07; 3. Nicole Nielsen (Cam) 17:20; 4. Meghan McLaughlin (EV) 17:28; 5. Janie Saunders (Maq) 17:30.

Runners by team

MAQUOKETA -- 5. Saunders 17:30; 7. Cassie Ruppert 17:46; 9. Ellie Burhmal 18:15; 12. Ashley Becker 19:02; 14. Jessica Gerardy 19:24; 15. Tess Nissan 19:27; 19. Sophie Anderson 19:54.

EASTON VALLEY -- 4. McLaughlin 17:28; 11. Rose Strait 18:53; 22. Abby Smithson 20:06; 27. Andrea Junge 21:06; 31. Brooke Wagner 22:37.

BELLEVUE -- 6. Rachel Kilburg 17:34; 16. Nikki Haxmeier 19:39; 20. Natalie Sullivan 20:01; 26. Holly Herrig 20:48; 28. Halley Scholtes 21:44; 32. Sarah Kandell 22:52.

CAMANCHE -- 3. Nielsen 17:20; 12. Courtney Martens 19:16; 24. Giorgia Peduzzi 20:31; 30. Megan Hoffman 22:12; 33. Demi Edens 24:21.

MARQUETTE -- 8. Molly Sieverding 17:56. 21. Bella Berthel 20:03; 23. Kristina Koos 20:19; 25. Anne Noltin 20:45; 29. Ellie Sieverding 21:59.

CALAMUS-WHEATLAND -- 1. Slattery 16:05; 10. Dana Koester 18:25; 17. Kailey Potter 19:42; 18. Sierra Rodriguez 19:46.

PRINCE OF PEACE -- 2. Kokjohn 16:07.