Girls Lose Title on Tie Breaker to Pella at Grinnell Invite

Girls Lose Title on Tie Breaker to Pella at Grinnell Invite

The Wildcat girls cross country team competed in muddy conditions against some of the best 2A and 3A teams in the state at the Grinnell Invitational. The Wildcats tied for the team title with Pella, but lost on the tie-breaker protocol.  Freshman Ainsley Erzen won for the second time in as many races, once again by over 40 seconds. Senior Megan Sievers and junior Abby Noonan continued their strong starts to the season as well, finishing in 4th and 7th places overall.  Sophomore Ella Andersen ran a fantastic race to finish 37th in a new personal best time of 22:43.  Senior Jocelyn Haack came across as the 5th Wildcat finisher in a time of 23:30 to finish 45th overall.  Freshman Mady Taylor closed out the performances for the Wildcats in 79th. The Wildcats once again had the fastest average time of the top five runners of all teams in the meet thanks to the strong front-running of Erzen, Sievers and Noonan.  Their average time was 21:22, a school record for combined top five times.  The Wildcats finish placed them ahead of 3A No. 3, 11 and 14, as well as 2A No. 6. 

Individual Results:

1. Ainsley Erzen – 19:01

4. Megan Sievers – 20:41

7. Abby Noonan – 20:52

37. Ella Andersen – 22:43

45. Jocelyn Haack – 23:30

79. Mady Taylor – 25:16

Team Results:

  1. Pella – 94 (won tie-break)
  2. 3A #13 - Carlisle - 94
  3. 3A #11 – Atlantic - 98
  4. Grinnell - 100
  5. 3A #3 – North Polk - 107
  6. 2A #6 – Williamsburg - 121
  7. 3A #14 – Benton - 153
  8. Xavier - 216
  9. Newton - 250
  10. Vinton-Shellsburg - 269
  11. Lynville-Sully – 313
  12. Collins-Maxwell – 322
  13. Knoxville – 345
  14. Belle Plain – 380
  15. Montezuma - 417