HARLAN - First, second, fourth and fifth.
It’s hard to imagine a better result for the Glenwood boys cross country team at the Hawkeye 10 Conference Cross Country Meet on Thursday at Harlan Country Club. The Rams cruised to their third straight team title at the meet placing in four of the top five spots.
“That was pretty great,” said an understated Glenwood coach Todd Peverill after his Class 3A, No. 2 ranked team grabbed four of the top five individual spots at the meet.
The Rams’ Johnny Fuller ran away from the competition, led every step after the first half-mile and breezed to his third straight conference title by more than 30 seconds over teammate and runner-up Mark Abrams (16:55).
“We went out fast the first mile, just like you have to do at state, and they just kept on going and they are very, very close to peaking,” said Peverill. “Districts should be pretty good and then we’ll have state.”
Glenwood easily edged Kuemper Catholic 36-69 in the team standings.
Harlan breezed to the girls’ team title with four runners in the top 10. Atlantic was second in team standings, behind Ali Krogman’s third straight individual title.
The Glenwood girls had a strong showing, placing one point behind the Trojans with 82 team points for third place. Carlie Cooper led the Glenwood girls with a second place overall finish in 15:49.
Fuller, who has spent most of the season as the top ranked runner in Class 3A and has not lost a cross country race since last year’s state meet, was hardly challenged at Harlan Thursday. Not bad for a runner who isn’t quite 100-percent after tweaking an ankle last week.
“He had a lot of ice treatment and physical therapy and the doctor OK’d him. We wrapped it up pretty well and he said it hadn’t really been hurting him since Monday,” said Peverill.
“It came along pretty well and I was jogging on it Tuesday and Wednesday so it feels pretty good,” Fuller said of the ankle.
Peverill said he knew what to expect from Fuller, Abrams (currently ranked No. 9 in the state) and Wheeler (14th) and they showed it. The coach called Krug, who placed fifth, his “dark horse.”
“I knew he was going to come along,” said Peverill. “Up at Lake City he paced our sixth and seventh runners and put in a mile and a half after that, I just couldn’t believe. He ran a sub-five minute mile and about a sub-6:40 mile and a half. He tore it up so I knew he was ready to put it together.”
Peverill sees his team peaking at just the right time, the conference meet serving as a primer for districts on Thursday at Denison and state on Oct. 30.
“Fuller asked what his strategy should be and I said, ‘You have to get ready for state.’ He went out the first mile and he was right at five minutes, Abrams was at 5:06 and Wheeler was 5:08, Rhodes was at 5:10 and Krug didn’t quite get that fast of a start, he was at 5:18 I think, but those will get them in the top 25 the first mile at state, easy.”
So does Peverill feel like his team is ready for the post-season?
“I think so,” said Peverill. “Especially with our top four running as strong as they are and as close as they are, I would like to see what our time difference was but I bet there wasn’t more than a 1:20 difference between Johnny and Krug. With the way Johnny is running, that could put those four guys in the top 10 or 15, easy.”
Fuller, a Notre Dame track and cross country commit, agrees.
“That’s the end goal, especially teams of our caliber,” said Fuller. “I’m not going to put the cart before the horse and say we’re going to definitely win it but we are going to be in contention. We need to have some guys run well but if we put our stuff together, we're definitely going to have a shot.”
The Glenwood girls’s 82 point total marks the top team performance in the history of Glenwood girls cross country since the format was moved to score 5 runners. The girls were led by freshman and individual conference runner-up Carlie Cooper. Mikaela Stanek finished 17th overall, Kayla Anderson 18th, Maddie Mead 21st, and Chelsea Webster rounded out the scores in 24th.
Hawkeye 10 Conference Cross Country
Boys Team Results
1. Glenwood, 36. 2. Kuemper Catholic, 69. 3. Harlan, 75. 4. Shenandoah, 77. 5. Denison, 92. 6. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 159. 7. Atlantic, 166. 8. Creston, 235.
Boys Top 10 Individuals
1. Johnny Fuller, Glenwood, 16:23. 2. Mark Abrams, Glenwood, 16:55. 3. Sean Skillern, Shenandoah, 17:14. 4. Kyle Wheeler, Glenwood, 17:29. 5. Jordan Krug, Glenwood, 17:38. 6. Dustin Werner, Kuemper Catholic, 17:39. 7. Phillip Sciranko, Harlan, 17:41. 8. Cody Bresmer, Denison, 17:46. 9, Eric Feldman, Kuemper Catholic, 17:51. 10. Dacotah Hamilton, Denison, 17:52.
Girls Team Results
1. Harlan, 44. 2. Atlantic, 81. 3. Glenwood, 82. 4. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 84. 5. Shenandoah, 87. 6. Creston, 147. 7. Denison, 163. 8. Kuemper Catholic, 237. 9. Clarinda, 274.
Girls Top 10 Individuals
1. Ali Krogman, Atlantic, 15:12. 2. Carlie Cooper, Glenwood, 15:49. 3. Alexis Saner, Shenandoah, 15:59. 4. Jessica Feldman, Harlan, 16:02. 5. Emily Wignall, Creston,16:09. 6. Jessie Byrnes, Harlan, 16:27. 7. Tiffany Lamplot, Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 16:30. 8. Jessica Clark, Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 16:37. 9. Rachel Pauley, Harlan, 16:38. 10. Shelbie Jacobsen, Harlan, 16:39.