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Martin Blog (8/5): Bluegrass Cross Country 2022 Conference Preview | Sports

(KMAland) — The Martin Blog Fall Sports Preview series continues today with a look at Bluegrass Conference cross country.

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Hawkeye Ten Cross Country Conference Preview

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Missouri River Conference Cross Country Preview


2022 BLUEGRASS CONFERENCE CROSS-COUNTRY PREVIEW

Welcome to one of the easiest, but most challenging, previews of the fall sports season. The Bluegrass Conference doesn’t have many schools or athletes running cross country. It makes things easier. What makes it difficult is that I’m basing these XC previews entirely on a conference meeting. Bluegrass doesn’t have one…yet.

That said, we’ll give you as much information as possible (and as much as we can find) about this year’s cross country in Bluegrass.

COACHES

**Please note: the trainers section is based on the directory provided by Bound. If something is wrong, please email dmartin@kmamail.com (and get it changed on Bound).

Ankeny Christian Academy: Nathan Davis

Diagonal: Zach Robinson

Lamoni: Ryan Olson

Moravia: Not listed

Moulton-Udell: Randy Welch

Orient-Macksburg: not listed

Twin Cedars: Theresa Davis

With those schools in mind, here’s a team-by-team look at what’s gone, what’s coming back, and what might be to come.

Eagles of the Christian Academy of Ankeny

Who left (girls): None

Who’s Gone (Boys): Only two of the eight riders on last year’s ACA team left. Josiah Davenport and Logan Weathers both graduated from the team.

Who’s back (girls): Sophomores Belle Oshirak and Sophia Glenn were the two girls runners for the Eagles last year, posting season best times of 24:27.00 and 30:15.00.

Who’s Back (Boys): The top four runners are back! Junior Daniel Schoening had an excellent PR of 18:04.00 while classmates Brody Hoefle (19:25) and Landon Nehring (19:55) and senior Tyler Millard (19:59) also returned. Junior AJ Bennett and second Caleb Erickson also gained experience last season.

Post-season notes (girls): Oshirak finished 32nd at her Class 1A SQM in Beijing. A good end to the season for its premiere which could push it into 2022.

Postseason notes (boys): Schoening was good enough to make it to the state cross-country meet and finished 59th in Class 1A. At the Beijing SQM, it should be noted that they got a solid sixth place.

Diagonal Browns

Who left (girls): None

Who’s Gone (Boys): The Maroons had a team that could score last season, but they lose two seniors – Alex Baker and Skyler Stamps.

Who’s Back (Girls): It doesn’t look like Diagonal had any runners last season.

Who’s back (boys): Junior Carter Lumbard was Diagonal’s top boys runner last season. He ended up with a PR of 19:17.00 while fellow juniors Garrett Stephens (22:33) and Jace Lamb (24:15) also returned to the fold. Another runner – Scotty Bohn senior – also jumped and raced last year.

Post-season ratings (girls): N/A

Postseason notes (boys): Pretty cool that a small school like Diagonal was able to score at 1A SQM in Southwest Valley last year. Lumbard was the top finisher in 40th while Stephens and Lamb were the No. 3 and 4 runners for the Maroons.

Lamoni Demons

Who left (girls): None

Who’s Gone (Boys): They will lose some good seniors in Jack Greenwood and Matthew Patience, who were the No. 2 and 3 on the team last year.

Who’s back (girls): None

Who’s back (boys): Senior Tyson McDole is set for a great end to his career. He had a PR of 17:33.30 last season. Senior Cannon Rivera (22:53) and sophomore Hosah Niebauer (27:53) are also potential candidates for Coach Olson.

Post-season ratings (girls): N/A

Postseason notes (boys): McDole ended his junior drop where you want to end up – in state. The standout Demon finished 90th in Class 1A with a time of 18:36.24.

Saints of Melcher-Dallas

Who left (girls): None

Who left (boys): None

Who’s Back (Girls): Sophomore Addison Wadle returns to the fold after a pretty strong freshman campaign that saw her post a PR of 22:17.36.

Who’s back (boys): None

Postseason notes (girls): Wadle did not run at the state qualifier, but her PR time would have put her very close to qualifying for the state meet. It’s definitely one to watch.

Post-season ratings (boys): N/A

Mohawks of Moravia

Who left (girls): None

Who’s Gone (Boys): There were nine different boys listed on Bound last year for Moravia, and they will bring back eight. The only loss is Brody Robinson.

Who’s back (girls): Sophomore Olivia Hathcock returns for the Mohawks. She posted a season best time of 29:10 in her freshman year.

Who’s back (boys): All of the top five runners from last season are eligible to return. Senior Matthew Seals (21:04) led the way while sophomores Parker Armstrong (23:02), Jacob Erving (24:03), Adam Uhlenhake (25:27) and Kaleb Rebenack (25:31 ) are all experienced runners. Junior Clayton Williams, sophomore Kayden Leadon and senior Andrew Harrington are other potential candidates.

Postseason notes (girls): The Mohawks had no runners at their SQM in Beijing that I could find.

Postseason ratings (boys): Seals was the top runner in last year’s state qualifying meet while Armstrong, Williams and Rebeback also scored. They will definitely have an experience group.

Orient-Macksburg Bulldogs

Who left (girls): None

Who’s gone (boys): Xzander McVay was Orient-Macksburg’s only runner last season on the boys’ side, and he graduated.

Who’s back (girls): Junior Bridget Bracy clocked a solid time of 22:44.00 last season in her sophomore year.

Who’s back (boys): None

Post-Season Notes (Girls): Bracy actually posted her best time of the season at the Class 1A SQM at Panorama, earning her a solid 23rd place finish. Something she hopes to build this fall.

Post-season ratings (boys): N/A

Twin Cedar Sabers

Who’s Gone (Girls): Only one of their four runners last season graduated, and that was Brooke Roby, who was their No. 3 runner.

Who’s Gone (Boys): Andrew Freel graduated from the boys’ side of the Sabers.

Who’s back (girls): Everyone. Seniors Rylee Dunkin and Cheyanne Bruns led the charge last year with times of 19:26.00 and 21:32.00, respectively. Sophomore Jayden Weldon also ran a 30:54.00.

Who’s back (boys): None

Postseason notes (girls): Dunkin came home with a state medal, finishing in 12th place in Class 1A with a time of 20:06.17. One taste of Fort Dodge means she’s hungry for another.

Post-season ratings (boys): N/A

FINAL TAKE

It’s quite fun. There are three returning state qualifiers and several youngsters looking to get better as they head into another cross country season. It will also be fun to follow some of the incoming freshmen throughout the year to see what kind of impact they can make.

Send your questions, comments and/or concerns to dmartin@kmamail.com.

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