BETTENDORF – Clinton sophomore Camryn Sattler grabbed her second straight state cross country berth on Wednesday afternoon, finishing fourth at the state-qualifying meet at Crow Creek Park.
The River Queens and Kings ran at the park in Bettendorf, hosting by Pleasant Valley. The home team took home top individual and team performance in the varsity girls race, and were team runner-ups on the boys’ side.
Sattler finished the race, hosted by Pleasant Valley, in 19:21. That was just four second behind the third place finisher from Pleasant Valley.
“She’s a grinder and really works hard in practice,” Clinton head coach Kellen Schneeberger said about his top female runner after she earned all-conference honors at the Mississippi Athletic Conference Championships last week. “This being her second year and having a little more notoriety has been a new challenge for her but she’s done a nice job of focusing on what she can control and on her race.”
Abby Struble and Madelyn Robinson both cracked the top 50, Robinson finishing in 22:12 and Struble coming in at 22:15.
The Queens finished eighth as a team overall out of ten. Amara Shepard finished in 23:35 and HAttie Nickles rounded out the scoring with a 24:21.
Conner Sattler was the top finisher on the boys’ side with the Kings coming in ninth as a team. Sattler crossed at 18:38, finishing in the top 50 competitors.
Not far off from Sattler was Riley Mercado and Ethan Buer. The two finished at 18:52.
Luke Jennings came in at 19:11 and Jeremy Galloway was next at 19:21.
Camryn Sattler will run in the Class 4A state race next Friday in Fort Dodge.
“This team was so much fun to be around,” Coach Schneeberger said. “They had a great personality, work ethic and truly had a great spirit. It’s going to be tough seeing these senios turn in their uniform. “
The Central DeWitt Sabers also ran on Wednesday, taking on a Solon course for their state qualifying tries.
Caleb Olson was the top finisher for the boys. Olson, a freshman, clocked in at 18:11.1.
Ben Zimmer finished in 39th on Wednesday, running the race in 18:31.5.
Freshman Julie Fielding was the first to cross for the Sabers on the girls’ side. Fielding finished in 22:55.3, just outside of the top 50. Jenny Clausen ran a 23:22 and Eliza Petersen had a 23:52 on the day.
“So many improvements for everyone throughout the season,” the Central DeWitt cross country Twitter handle said after the meets, also mentioning the personal bests for every member of the varsity girls’ team.