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10/23/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Cal-Wheat girls finish second at Tri-Rivers meet
Cal-Wheat harriers make splash in Tri-Rivers debut

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

It was a conference debut to remember for the Calamus-Wheatland girls cross country team.

Just one week after posting a team score for the first time this season, the Warriors made a huge impact at Thursday's Tri-Rivers conference meet hosted by North Linn.

Behind another high finish from junior Megan Slattery, the Warriors finished second in the team standings with 70 points - their highest conference finish since also taking second at the 2005 Big East meet.

Taking advantage of familiar surroundings, the hosting Lynx, ranked eighth in class 1A, won the girls meet with 22 points. Springville-Central City was just nine points behind the Warriors in third, while fellow conference newcomers Easton Valley and Marquette Catholic rounded out the top-five with 88 and 117 points respectively.

Three runners separated themselves from the rest of the field and Slattery was one of them.

Ultimately, North Linn's Nicole Miller (fourth in 1A) crossed the finish line first, doing so in 15:33. Just one second behind Miller was Prince of Peace's Jackie Kokjohn (17th in 1A), who took second, while Slattery (23rd in 1A) finished third overall with a time of 15:43.

The clocking was a career-best for Slattery by more than 20 seconds and was 24 seconds better than the fourth-place time put forth by Hanna Adams of North Linn.

Adding her own impressive performance for the Warriors was freshman Morgan VanderHeiden, who added a 14th-place finish of 16:53. It was just the second race of the season for VanderHeiden and the freshman cut off over a minute from her debut time.

In fact, all five Cal-Wheat runners produced season-best times at the race. Junior Kailey Potter and sophomore Dana Koester both broke 18 minutes for the first time this season. The former was 18th overall with a clocking of 17:31, while the latter was just eight seconds back in 22nd.

Finishing things off for the Warriors was junior Sierra Rodriguez, who cut off nearly a minute-and-a-half from her previous-best to take 27th in 18:13.

The Cal-Wheat girls were not the only high finishers in white and navy, as the Warrior boys also earned a top-five finish by taking fourth with 102 points.

Marquette Catholic won the boys meet with 37 points, while Prince of Peace was second with 51 and Springville-Central City third with 68 (Alburnett was four points behind the Warriors in fifth).

The Warriors had three runners finish in the top-20 led by freshman Cole Moeller, who just missed out on a top-10 finish by taking 11th with a clocking of 19:26.

Senior David Benischek added a 14th-place time of 19:31 for the Warriors, while Jonathan Licht was 20th overall with his time of 20:02.

Freshman Liam Ballanger chipped in a 38th-place finish in 24:30 for the Warriors, while sophomore Aaron Dierickx wrapped up Cal-Wheat's team score with a clocking of 35:53 to take 42nd.

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