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The Raiderettes snagged a win at their home meet during the Ron Landphair Invitational last Thursday.
Despite the cooler temperatures for us spectators, the runners were ready to go as they set personal bests throughout the teams.
The Raiderettes ran in a pack and took first overall with 56 points total and an average time of 23:44.32 and Twin Cedars taking second with 66 points with an average time of 23:39.78.
Cam took third with an average time of 25:02.03 and 100 points.
Mount Ayr’s highest individual was MaKayla Jones, who finished seventh with a time of 22:31.52.
Karlie Larsen finished second for the Raiderettes and in ninth with a time of 22:42.22.
Mount Ayr’s Natalie Schaefer finished with a time of 23:33.96 and in 13th place overall.
MaKenna Jones finished 24th overall with a time of 24:30.29, following by Lauren Triggs who finished 30th overall and in a time of 25:23.60.
Taylor Clymer finished 36th overall with a time of 26:08.72 followed by Alexa Smith. Smith finished 44th overall with a time of 27:22.95.
Andrea Sickels and Ashytyn Werner finished 51st and 52nd, respectively. Sickels finished in a time of 29:08.00, while Werner crossed the line with a time of 29:33.17.
Madison Shields finished 58th for the Raiderettes with a time of 32:45.09.
Lilly Fuller finished the meet 62nd with a time of 42.44.22.
The Raider runners saw Will Newton finish first for them and 17th overall with a time of 19:26.54.
Briar Knapp crossed the line second for the Raiders, finishing 35th with a time of 20:23.04.
Jarrett Webb finished 83rd overall with a time of 23:33.16.
The Raiders were rounded out with Ashtyn Benesh with a time of 26:27.38.
The Raiders and Raiderettes will run again at home this Thursday, October 22 at 4:30 p.m. at the Mount Ayr Golf and Country Club to qualify for the state meet.
“It was a great week for Mount Ayr Cross Country. We had two important meets, and the runners stepped up. The girls team was in the mix for the POI championship and was just 4 points from achieving their goal. We were very proud of the way each and every runner competed,” said coach Deb Larsen. “Our strength as a girls team has been the ability to bunch our top five runners close in scoring. We did it again on Thursday. Thanks to everyone that came out to support the runners.”