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It was a Pride of Iowa cross country meet in Leon Thursday night where the Raiderettes looked to perform well against heavy hitters, such as Central Decatur and Martensdale-St. Marys.
As a team, the Raiderettes finished third overall on a course they had ran earlier in the season and finished .
Mount Ayr’s Karly Elwood had a fantastic race, finishing fourth overall, but also setting the school record after running a time of 21:35, beating the old record of 22:17 held by teammate MaKenna Jones.
Elwood has battled through some adversity this season, recently coming off an illness that saw her unable to finish two races just weeks ago.
“I just tried to run a lot on the weekends and keep practicing until I felt like I was back in form,” said Elwood, who is also splitting her time with the volleyball squad. “During the school day, I have two lifting classes and usually during one of them, I try to get my cross country workout in, then I’d go to volleyball practice. I try to go to one meet and one game a week and try to balance it out.”
The sophomore runner was also a State Track competitor last May in the 800 meter run.
The Mount Ayr harries ran again on Thursday, this time at home at the Ron Landphair Invitational at the Mount Ayr Golf and Country Club.
The Raiderette team finished third overall, behind Grandview Christian, who took top honors, and Martensdale-St. Marys, who came in second.
Karly Elwood finished seventh overall in a time of 22:28.79, crossing the line first for the Mount Ayr Raiderettes.
Next across for Mount Ayr was junior Karlie Larsen who finished 20th overall with a time of 23:52.52.
Coming in 28th was Natalie Schaefer in a time of 24:41.29.
MaKenna Jones finished 31st with a time of 25:12.16.
Senior Andrea Sickels finished in a time of 29:49.1 to finish 56th and Lauren Triggs finished 59th in a time of 29:52.84.
Mount Ayr’s Lilly Fuller rounded out the day for the Raiderettes with a 75th place finish for a tie of 49:21.91.
The Raiders saw Adan Trujillo finish 34th overall in a time of 20:21.98 and Will Newton crossed the line after running a 20:57.85, good for 50th overall.
Ahstyn Benesh finished out the day for Mount Ayr in 100th with a time of 23:48.83.
The harriers will run again on Thursday, October 21 in Corning at Lake Icaria to qualify for the State Meet.