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The Mount Ayr cross country teams completed their seasons at Lake Icaria, north of Corning, last Thursday.
The top 10 individuals would advance to the State Cross Country Meet, while the top two teams would advance.
The Mount Ayr Raiderettes finished fifth as a team, with Logan-Magnolia and Woodbine finishing top two.
The Raiderettes saw Anne Newton finish first for Mount Ayr, coming in at 15th with a time of 23:28.8, followed by senior Makenna Jones in 18th with a time of 23:49.2 and senior Karlie Larsen finishing 22nd with a time of 24:23.7.
Newton spoke about her first time on the course and what helped her up the final hill.
“I thought about my teammates and being able to even run here is pretty cool,” said Newton. “It helped push me through. I think all our team ran really well and it’s my first time running here. It was brutal.”
Newton plans to continue running to prepare for the upcoming track season.
“Running during the winter and hopefully track,” said Newton on what’s next. “I hope to get better in track.”
Ava England and Kacie Larsen were 25th and 29th with times of 24:52.9 and 25:30.4, respectively.
Natalie Schaefer finished out her career in 34th with a time of 25:30.4 and Aubree Clark finished 35th with a time of 26:01.2.
The Raiders saw Braylon Greenwell finish 55th with a time of 21:52.2 and Ashtyn Benesh finish 58th with a time of 22:02.2.
Coach Dustin Larsen was pleased with how his teams ran and the senior leadership that was shown throughout the season.
“They ran hard. We came over Monday, they knew it would be difficult and they didn’t hold back, they ran hard and let themselves be vulnerable which is what you have to do to perform well,” said coach Larsen. “We were pleased with their effort and times to finish out the year. We lose some good senior leaders that have been consistent contributors to the program the last four years, that will be hard for us to replace moving forward.”