The top ranked Glenwood boys cross country team traveled to Pella on Saturday for the Pella Invitational.
The Rams raced through the competition, which included No. 4 ranked Knoxville and the host No. 6 Little Dutch, for their second straight meet title to open the season.
Johnny Fuller led the Rams to the team championship by running the course in near record time of 16:02. Glenwood finished with 53 team points to easily out-distance runner up Pella’s 66 points and Knoxville's 68.
Mark Abrams, ranked 16th in the state, finished strongly in fifth place, just behind sixth-ranked Jamie VanderVeer of Knoxville, who placed fourth and fourth-ranked Zach Buchheit of Pella, who placed third at the meet.
Senior Kyle Wheeler added an 11th, followed by Jordan Krug, who placed 12th. The other scorer for the Rams was Junior Jakob Rhodes (27th).
Rams win own Invite
The heat and humidity on the last day of August did little to slow the Glenwood boys cross country team at the 36th Ram Co-Ed Relay at Glenwood Lake Park last Tuesday.
The Rams blistered their home course for five individual finishers in the top 13 and edged their closest competition by 27 team points for its third straight title at the event.
“I’m pretty happy,” said Glenwood coach Todd Peverill of his team’s opening meet performance.
The Rams’ Johnny Fuller won his third straight individual title at the Ram co-ed with a time of 16:13. With the Glenwood Lake Park course being approximately 180 meters longer this year to a flue 5,000-meters, Fuller’s time was :43 off his old course record but taking into account the new distance, said Peverill, and Fuller’s time was right where it should be, even if he doesn’t like to play up times this early in the season.
“I don’t like to look at times. I just heard he ran a 16:13,” said Peverill. “That is the new record and its 40 seconds or so off his old time so he actually ran it faster (this year) than the old course record.”
Peverill said Fuller wasn’t bothered all by the heat and “cruised” most of the race.
“Effort wise he just cruised right through it,” said Peverill. “Afterward he said his feet were getting a little sore, that ground had been baked pretty hard this week with the heet, so I told him to take it easy and cruise and he did that.”
Glenwood’s Mark Abrams was second at the meet. The junior was neck-and-neck with his teammate until the final 800-meters when Fuller pulled away to win by 29 seconds.
“They wanted to work together. The more they do that, the more it will help them both for state competition. I told them the last mile, every man for himself,” said Peverill.
As well as Abrams and Fuller ran, Peverill seemed just as impressed with the running of sophomore Jeffrey Reeve. Reeve was the Rams’ no. 7 runner entering the day and finished 13th overall.
“So our number five man was actually our number seven runner,” said Peverill. “He surprised me a little bit but when he’s focused he can really run. With Jordan Krug’s problems with the heat, I was pushing Jeff to move on up and when I told him how many to move up he did.”
Also placing among the top 13 from Glenwood were Kyle Wheeler (sixth), Jakob Rhodes (ninth) and Jeffrey Reeve (13th).
Jordan Krug struggled over the last half of the race with what appeared to be a leg cramp to place 36th and Justin Sunderman was 47th.
On the girls side, Atlantic ended Harlan’s six year run of girls team titles at the Ram co-ed by edging the Cyclones 65 to 68.
Ali Krogman successfully defender her 2009 title with a time of 15:14 to easily out-pace second place Tiffany Shepherd by 18 seconds.
The Glenwood girls were fifth at the meet behind the 12th place individual finish of Kayla Anderson. Anderson’s time of 18:19 was just eight seconds from the top 10.
Sister Maggie Naughton and Morgan Naughton, were 14th and 23rd respectively for Glenwood. Maggie finished with a time of 18:26 and Morgan’s time was 18:50.
Mikaela Stanek was 34th for Glenwood and Makayla Nelson was 38th, Caitlin Hohler 41st, and Carlie Cooper 45th.
Ram Co-Ed Cross Country Meet
Boys Team Results
1. Glenwood, 31. 2. Shenandoah, 58. 3. Council Bluff Thomas Jefferson, 87. 4. Harlan, 141. 5. Atlantic, 153. 6. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 178. 7. Treynor, 193. 8. Southwest Iowa, 195. 9. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 209. 10. Red Oak, 222.
Glenwood Boys Placewinners
1. Johnny Fuller. 2. Mark Abrams. 6. Kyle Wheeler. 9. Jakob Rhodes. 13. Jeffrey Reeve. 36. Jordan Krug. 47. Justin Sunderman.
Girls Team Results
1. Atlantic, 65. 2. Harlan, 68. 3. Shenandoah, 89. 4. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 97. 5. Glenwood, 121. 6. Corning, 126. 7. Treynor, 142. 8. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 154. 9. Red Oak, 263.
Glenwood Girls Placewinners
12. Kayla Anderson, 18:19. 14. Maggie Naughton, 18:26. 23. Morgan Naughton, 18:50. 34. Mikaela Stanek, 19:20. 38. McKayla Nelson, 19:36. 41. Caitlin Hohler, 20:00. 45. Carlie Cooper, 20:19.