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The Mount Ayr cross country teams recently competed at Pleasntville.
“We had a great night as a team. It was a warm night, but our runners came to compete,” said coach Deb Larsen. “MaKenna Jones and MaKayla Jones led the girls team to a third place finish. We are very proud of how the whole girls team competed.”
The third place finish is the best for the Raiderettes this season so far. The Jones sisters finished ninth and 13th overall. A pair of freshman runners for, Karlie Larsen and Natalie Schaefer were the next two girls across for the varsity, finishing 31st and 32nd. Olivia West was the final scoring runner for the Raiderettes in 35th, with Rachel Gregg being the tie breaker to move the girls into third with a 37th place finish.
“We are continuing to work on pacing our race and running as a pack,” said coach Larsen.
Elizabeth Sobotka finished 49th for Mount Ayr, Taylor Clymer came in 52nd, Alexa Smith was 57th, Lauren Triggs was 60th, Ashtyn Werner came 70th and Andrea Sickels was 72nd.
The Raiders did not have the success as their Raiderette counterparts, finishing ninth as a team, just above East Union and Clarke.
Isaac Timmerman, however, did finish third overall to medal once again for Mount Ayr.
“He is doing a great job being a team leader and encouraging the other members of our team,” said coach Larsen of Timmerman.
Briar Knapp (28th), Will Newton (45th), Joan Trujillo (50th) and Jarrett Webb (69th) rounded out the varsity Raider scoring.
Ryker Hickman finished 70th for the Raiders.
The Raiderettes saw another third place finish in Creston on September 24.
MaKenna and MaKayla Jones finished fifth and 11th, respectively, to help the Raiderettes to a medal.
Natalie Schaefer finished 14th followed by Karlie Larsen. Olivia West came in at 26th before Rachel Gregg in 27th and Elizabeth Sobotka in 31st.
The Raiders finished fourth overall as a team.
Isaac Timmerman finished 10th for another medal on the year, while Will Newton (31st) ran another person course record.
Briar Knapp came in at 22nd for Mount Ayr followed by Joan Trujillo in 29th.
Jarrett Webb and Ryker Hickman finished in 39th and 48th to round out the day.