Girls dominate, boys narrowly lose at conference

Aaron Koopal ‘18 competes at the CIC conference meet in Marshalltown Oct. 12. Koopal finished eighth overall with a time of 16:40 and was an all conference runner.

Evan Newcomb, Staff Writer

The girls cross country team completely dominated at conference winning both the JV and varsity races in convincing fashion and never really looked like losing at the CIC conference meet on Oct. 12 in Marshalltown. This dominance was led by the dangerous triumvirate of Jessica McKee ‘18, Paige Horner ‘20, and Brooke McKee ‘20 who finished first, second, and third with times of 18:33, 18:49, and 19:05. These three can not stop dominating races and are heading into districts and state in fantastic form and with a state repeat on the line there is no better time for them to race their best.

The boys however experienced a massive heartbreak losing by just one point to Dowling Catholic in a stunning race full of tension and excitement. Heartbreak was not the only emotion though as the JV squad won again and have now completed an undefeated season in Iowa and even beating the top ranked midwest team Wayzata, MN in a truly special season. The varsity did do very well behind a truly dominant performance from talisman Tom Altier ‘18 who finished second with a time of 16:06. They also won a huge the three on three battle between Johnston’s Luke Perman ‘19, Sam Schmitz ‘20, and Aaron Koopal ‘18 and Dowling Catholic’s Will Ode ‘20, Zach Fry ‘20, and Sam Hall ‘20 scoring 19 points to Dowling Catholic’s 20. Varsity now has the task of improving enough to make sure that they can beat Dowling Catholic the next time they see them at state.