The Glenwood girls won the middle school, junior varsity and varsity divisions at the Corning Cross Country Meet on Thursday.
The varsity meet win was the Rams’ first since 2005, said Glenwood coach Brad Rasmussen.
“This was one of those meets where we thought we could put together a good meet,” he said. “When we stepped up at Clarinda and got fourth and then fourth at Red Oak, we knew it was time to turn it up and say to the girls, ‘This is what we think you’re capable of doing.’ And we saw how they responded.”
The Ram varsity placed five runners in the top 16, led by Carlie Cooper’s second place finish.
Kayla Anderson finished fifth overall with Chelsea Webster placing 11th, Maddie Mead 12th, and Morgan Naughton 16th overall.
Rasmussen was especially pleased with the running of Mead. The freshman made her varsity debut after sitting out with an injury.
“It was nice to have her back on varsity,” said Rasmussen.
Ashley Grave won the junior varsity race and Caitlin Hohler placed third. The Glenwood Middle School team is undefeated in three races this season.
The Glenwood girls are now ranked 15th in the State in Class 3A, according to the latest Iowa Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. ranking.
Corning Cross Country Meet
1. Glenwood, 46. 2. Shenandoah-Essex, 48. 3. Treynor, 76. 4. Corning, 86. 5. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 93. 6. Bedford, 188. 7. Red Oak, 205.
Glenwood Place Winners
2. Carlie Cooper, 16:37. 5. Kayla Anderson, 17:04. 11. Chelsea Webster, 17:41. 12. Maddie Mead, 17:48. 16. Morgan Naughton, 17:55. 25. MaKayla Nelson, 18:53. 34. Maggie Naughton, 20:12.
Rams fourth at Red Oak
The Glenwood girls cross country team placed fourth at the Red Oak Cross Country Meet last Monday.
Carlie Cooper led Glenwood with a fifth place finish with a time of 17:53. Kayla Anderson placed ninth for Glenwood.
While there were some solid performances at the meet, the results were not quite what Rasmussen was hoping for. After building solid momentum after placing fourth at Clarinda meet in front of state ranked Atlantic, the Rams finished 26 points behind them the Trojans at Red Oak. “Overall the team is still making major strides over team of a year ago, and is heading in a promising direction but this was a very competitive meet and we ran well,” Rasmussen said.
Red Oak Cross Country Meet
1. Harlan, 48. 2. Griswold, 72. 3. Atlantic, 91. 4. Glenwood, 117. 5. Shenandoah-Essex, 119. 6. Corning, 119. 7. Rock Port, Mo., 167. 8. Bedford, 264. 9. Red Oak, 275. 10. Clarinda, 292.
Glenwood Place Winners
5. Carlie Cooper, 17:53. 9. Kayla Anderson, 18:42. 32. Makyla Nelson, 20:32. 34. Chelsea Webster, 20:57. 37. Maggie Naughton, 21:13. 41. Caitlin Hohler, 22:11.