Glenwood cross country returning to state

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

For the second straight season the Glenwood boys cross country team is headed to the Iowa State Cross Country Meet.

With a second place showing at Perry on Monday, after rain delayed Thursday’s originally scheduled district race, the Rams are one of three district qualifiers who will race this Saturday at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

Glenwood was the team runner up to district champion Boone. Dallas Center-Grimes was third. The top three teams at districts advance to state.

The Rams' Johnny Fuller, who entered districts ranked second in the state in Class 3A, finished third. Fuller's time of 16:19 was just a few seconds behind meet champion, and defending state champ, Evan Selsor of Winterset and Brogan Austin of Boone, the runner up. Selsor is the No. 1 ranked Class 3A runner and Austin is ranked third. The top 10 individual runners advance to state.

The Rams’ Mark Abrams, who was fourth at the Hawkeye 10 Conference meet a week ago, was just on the outside looking in at the top ten placing 11th in 17:43.

Other place winners for Glenwood were Kyle Wheeler in 14th, Alex Neff in 23rd and Justin Sunderman in 24th place.

“We ran really well as a team,” said Peverill. “Anytime you can get the team to state its a good season. We just need to get healthy and get ready for Saturday.”

Glenwood qualified for state despite slower than expected finishes from two of its top seven runners. Jakob Rhodes, typically among the Rams' top four, sprained an ankle in the opening half-mile and never recovered. Rhodes finished 73rd at districts with a time of 20:40, about three minues slower than his usual, said Glenwood coach Todd Peverill. Jordan Krug also placed an out-of-character 41st while still recovering from the flu.

“If they come in at their usual times, who knows how many points we get. Maybe we challenge Boone for first,” said Peverill.

Peverill called Boone a “very good team.”

“I’d be surprised if they don't win state,” he said.

The Class 3A boys race begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.