In this Herald file photo, head coach Kellen Schneeberger talks to members of the River Kings cross country team before a home meet. The River Kings finished 6th as a team in the MAC on Thursday.

Clinton wraps up MAC

MUSCATINE – The Clinton cross country team didn’t finish where they wanted to when running the Mississippi Athletic Conference Championships on Thursday night in Muscatine.

“Overall we competed hard we’re just a little let down,” head coach Kellen Schneeberger said. “We really put an emphasis on this meet an showcasing the progress we had made this season as a program. While our places in each division were the best we had today, we really had set our goals higher.”

The River Kings finished 6th as a team overall.

Noah Smith finished 15th for the boys in their best finish of the day, clocking in at 17:26. Conner Sattler, Ethan Buer and Parker Sirna pack ran and finished consecutively in 32nd, 33rd, and 34th place.

“Our boys had hoped to jump nearer the top three and despite looking like it was going to happen at the halfway point it wasn’t meant to be,” Schneeberger said.

The River Queens finished ninth as a place, with Abby Struble clocking the best finish of the day. Struble finished 36th overall in 22:38. Kaylie Deswart clocked in at 22:51.7 and Viviana Ramirez gfinished in 24:07, both in the top 50 of the field.

“Despite today’s results, we had a great season,” Schneeberger said. “We took some big strides as a program and got our numbers over 50 athletes while being able to provide a positive environemnt for kids.”

The district location for Clinton will be at Crow Creek Golf Course next Thursday for a chance to head to Fort Dodge.

Irish girls place 3rd

CENTRAL CITY – The Prince of Peace girls’ cross country team ran to a third place finish on Thursday at the Tri-Rivers Conference meet at Central City High School.

The girls were led by Sophie Griffin, who finished in 21:54 for a sixth place finish overall. Kaelyn Goodsman was next with a top 12 finish in 22:28.

Ava Ruden also finished top 20 with a time of 22:55.

On the boys’ side, Marcus Blount impressed with a fourth place finish overall, finishing in 17:43 and edging Easton Valley’s Aidan Gruver by eight seconds.

The River Hawk boys finished seventh as a team, led by Gruvers’ fifth place finish. Carter Jargo finished 16th.

The Irish and the River Hawks will go for a trip to state next Thursday, running their district meet at Iowa City Regina.