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Iowa Mennonite junior Levi Geyer finished first at the cross country meet hosted by Pekin at Lake Darling on Thursday afternoon.
“I was surprised. I’ve never won a meet before,” said a pleased Geyer after the race. “The next guy behind me wasn’t anywhere close, I’m happy.”
The course measured .28 kilometers short of a full 5k, according to IMS Coach Marty Gingerich, but finishing in 17:11, he was on pace for his fastest 5k yet.
IMS placed second out of four teams, behind Van Buren.
Cameron Roser-Peet ran a great race, finishing second for the team in 19:03 for 11th place. Seth Danga showed some improvement moving up to the third spot for IMS and 14th overall.
Anthony Villatoro, Juan Andino and Jacob Boller all finished in the top 20, within two seconds of each other.
Micah Miller placed 25th while Jesse Slater was 30th. Jared Schlabaugh ran his third meet of the season showing the biggest improvement on the team.
Senior Calli Shaw finished second for the first time in her high school career, finishing the Lake Darling couorse in 21:41. The only runner finishing ahead of Shaw was Morgan Croft of Van Buren, who took first place among the girls’ teams.
Shaw, who has run well all year, continues to improve as the season is nearing its end. Five of the six Iowa Mennonite team members ran their fastest pace of the season.
Mackenzie Gutierrez ran second for the team finishing in 16th place in 24:47. Rachel Geyer was third for the team and 19th overall with a time of 15:16, showing a sizeable improvement over her previous season best effort. Sarena Gerber followed in 20th place.
She finished in twenty-third place with a time of 26:23.
Ainsley Shaw also ran her fastest race of the season, finishing 32nd.
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