Johnny Fuller was first and teammate Mark Abrams second, to lead the Glenwood cross country team to the team title at the Council Bluffs Lewis Central Invitational at Iowa Western Community College on Saturday.
The Rams’ 55 team points edged Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson’s 65 points. The 10 point margin was a bit closer than Glenwood coach Todd Peverill had hoped. Fuller’s time of 16:53, Abrams’ 17:12 and seventh place Kyle Wheeler’s 18:15 were all on the season’s pace. Fuller, Abrams and Wheeler have consistently held down the top two spots for the Rams this season but Peverill said he’d like to develop some more depth in his next four spots and solidify his top seven.
“They’ve been switching around for a while now,” Peverill said of varsity’s four through seven runners. “The last couple of years we’ve had trouble at this meet. We didn’t run bad, it’s just after we get fired up for (the) Pella (meet) we don’t come back and get as fired up for this one. We tend to run to our competition (level) sometimes.”
With nearly two weeks off now before their next meet on Sept. 21 at Creston, Peverill said his team has to run as if every meet matters.
“It’s a danger,” said Peverill of running to the level of the competition. “Everybody is gunning for us and if we don’t take care of things somebody can jump up and trip us up. That just about happened (Saturday). Plattsmouth is a good team and (Council Bluffs) Thomas Jefferson is coming on strong. We need to run our best. This was a good lesson for us.”
Peverill described the longer, slower-running course at IWCC as “running faster” this year, even if the times didn’t show it overall.
Fuller held a 19 second gap over Abrams for first place. Conrad Sain was a distant third for Treynor at more than 40 seconds behind Abrams.
“They’re two of the top runners in the state,” said Peverill. “If we can get out next couple guys to state with a one minute, a minute thirty with them, that’d be great.”
Boys team scoring
1. Glenwood, 55. 2. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, 65. 3. Plattsmouth, 69. 4. Harlan, 90. 5. Council Bluffs St. Albert, 95. 6. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 203. 7. Treynor, 216. 8. Missouri Valley, 217. 9. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 219. 10. Tri-Center, 228.