Sabers cut times at Solon

Central DeWitt seniors Carly Small and Kyleen Irwin near the two-mile mark during Monday’s Solon Invitational. Both Sabers finished in the top 25 in the race with Small using a season-best clocking of 20:55 to finish 10th and Irwin following in 23rd with her time of 21:30.

SOLON — A soggy course could not slow down the Central DeWitt boys and girls cross country teams Monday.

One of 10 squads in the field, the Sabers had nine varsity runners post season-bests at the Solon Invitational.

The Central girls led the way, picking up six season-bests en route to a seventh-place team finish with 164 points.

Bettendorf put all five of its scoring runners in the top 20 to take home the team title with 49 points, while Mid-Prairie used an individual title for Marie Hostetler to take second with 65 points (Williamsburg rounded out the top three with 84 points).

Dropping her time for a fourth consecutive meet was senior Carly Small, who paced the Sabers with a 10th-place finish and a season-best clocking of 20:55.

Joining Small in the top 25 was her senior teammate Kyleen Irwin, who clocked in at 21:30 to finish 23rd overall.

Senior Hannah Payne was 34th with her season-best time of 22:24, while junior Kami Zeimet and freshman EmmaGrace Hartman also had their best times this fall — 23:26 for the former, 24:08 for the latter — to finish 52nd and 57th, respectively.

Junior Madi McAvan was just five spots back of Hartman with her time of 24:38 — another season-best — while senior Anna Fielding wrapped everything up with a 65th-place clocking of 25:17.

Sparked by sophomore Blake Gerard, the Central boys were eighth in the team standings with 244 points.

Iowa City Liberty took the team crown with 30 points with Tipton close behind with 45 points (Lightning and Tigers runners accounted for the first six finishers).

Gerard dropped more than 30 seconds from his previous clocking six days earlier and broke 20 minutes for the first time with a time of 19:53 — good for 47th.

Senior Ezra Onken cut 42 seconds from his previous time and had his best varsity clocking — 20:30, good for 53rd — while also leading a parade of Sabers.

Fellow senior Tanner Naeve was one spot back with his time of 20:40, while Briar Baxter was 56th in 20:44.

Senior Karsen Kettwick followed Baxter in 57th, clocking in at 20:58, and he was shortly joined at the finish by freshman Matthew Watters and junior Jack Campbell, who both clocked in at 21:02.

Freshman Reagan Hofer earned a top-15 finish in the girls junior varsity race, finishing 13th in 23:41, while sophomore Jackson Kutka and senior Brandon Burken led the Sabers’ boys with times of 20:40 and 20:44, respectively.