PARK VIEW — Competing in a 10-team field that included six Mississippi Athletic Conference squads, the Central DeWitt boys and girls cross country teams got a good look at its future league-mates at Tuesday’s Lancer Invitational.
And the Sabers more than held their own.
The girls repeated their fourth-place team finish from the year before, posting five season-best times in the process.
A balanced effort by the Central boys, meanwhile, helped them finish seventh overall.
The Sabers girls joined champion Bettendorf and North Scott by having a pair of runners in the top 10.
Senior Carly Small cut more than 30 seconds from her previous season-best time to finish sixth overall with her clocking of 21:07.
Three spots back of Small was fellow senior Kyleen Irwin, who ran her best time of the season — 21:20 — to clinch ninth.
A third senior, Hannah Payne, cut nearly a minute from her time the week before and gave Central a third runner in the top 25 with her 24th-place clocking of 22:33.
Junior Kami Zeimet added a 34th-place finish in 23:47 — her best time of the fall thus far — while Madi McAvan was two spots back with her season-best clocking of 24:40.
Freshman Reagan Hofer wrapped things up for the Sabers, finishing 46th with her time of 26:04.
Just 59 seconds separated the Sabers boys’ five scoring runners — the third-best spread in the meet.
Junior Jack Campbell led the way, finishing 40th overall with a clocking of 20:13.
Sophomore Blake Gerard was just three spots back with his time of 20:27 — a season-best — while freshman Matthew Watters broke 21 minutes for the first time, clocking in at 20:51, to finish 46th.
Sophomore Briar Baxter accomplished the same feat with his 48th-place time of 20:56, while senior Ezra Onken finished off the Sabers’ team score with a 50th-place time of 21:12.
Fellow senior Tanner Naeve was right behind Onken in 51st, clocking in at 21:31, while Brandon Burken finished off Central’s day with his time of 21:50 — good for 53rd.
Freshman EmmaGrace Hartman had the Sabers’ top finish in the girls junior varsity race, taking 31st in 25:13, while Anna Fielding and Brynn VanHorn joined her in the top 50 and Crystal Burke was 51st.
Senior Karsen Kettwick was 36th in the boys JV race, clocking in at 20:36, while Trevor Yackle (21:44) and Hayden Kruse (21:59) also broke 22 minutes.