High school cross country: Personal records elusive on windy Waukee course

High school cross country: Personal records elusive on windy Waukee course

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High school cross country: Personal records elusive on windy Waukee course

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Waukee, Ia. — On a warm evening at Legacy Point Park, fans crowded around the level and windy cross country course waiting to see young runners smash personal records.

They settled for a first career varsity win at one of Tuesday’s main events.

Ames freshman Claire Dupuis crossed the line first in the girls’ 4K race, with a time of 14 minutes, 48 seconds.

“It’s a really flat course, so that made it nice,” Dupuis said, the only runner to break 15:00. “I’m not very good at some others.”

Urbandale emerged victorious in the competitive team race. Five of the six girls’ teams competing in the invitational Tuesday were at state last season.

“It’s a lead-up to districts, which determines where we’re running, so it’s pretty important if we want to get back to state,” Dupuis said.

Defending state champion Ben Anderson of Valley paced the boys’ field. The senior was out in front running solo for the second half of the race, winning in 15:29.

“I wish I had someone to run with,” Anderson said. “It would have definitely pushed me to do a bit better. I know I’m in better physical shape than I was last year, but I’ve got to get that mental aspect of it down.”

Anderson and his Valley teammates shared high-fives to the rest of the field at the finish line, but the Tigers finished two points behind host Waukee for the team title. The Warriors had its top five runners finish within 16 seconds of each other.

Anderson likely will be spurred down the stretch by faster opponents this weekend when Valley travels to the massive Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota.

“When I know I’ve got a race, I just take the first mile, break free and push myself as hard as I mentally can,” Anderson said.

“Griak is the meet where I really changed as runner last year, so I’m really excited to run up there.”

Boys’ Team Scoring

1. Waukee 48; 2. Valley 50; 3. Johnston 55; 4. Ames 68; 5. Urbandale 129; 6. Ankeny 171; 7. East 225.

Boys’ 5K Leaders

1. Anderson (V) 15:29; 2. Forney (A) 15:51; 3. Wieland (J) 15:56; 4. Lee (A) 16:02; 5. Soto (V) 16:03; 6. Larrison (W) 16:08; 7. Tunink (W) 16:09; 8. Simmons (W) 16:10; 9. Rice (J) 16:11; 10. Browick (J) 16:15.

Girls’ Team Scoring

1. Urbandale 43; 2. Ames 47; 3. Waukee 58; 4. Roosevelt 64; 5. Valley 155; 6. East 190.

Girls’ 4K Leaders

1. Dupuis (A) 14:48; 2. Sabotin (W) 15:05; 3. Marnin (A) 15:05; 4. Norem (U) 15:08; 5. Prescott (U) 15:08; 6. Scott (R) 15:11; 7. Bruett (U) 15:16; 8. Boylston (A) 15:19; 9. Young (W) 15:21; 10. Ihedilonye (R) 15:24.

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