The Grinnell girls and Clear Creek Amana boys won team titles at the Newton Cardinal Invitational held Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Westwood Golf Course.

For the Knoxville Panthers it was another sizzling performance by freshman Norah Pearson who won the 5K race with a time of 19:44.

The winning time was good for a new course record for Pearson. Her winning time was 37 seconds ahead of second place finisher Caroline McMartin of Pella.

As a team, the Panthers were ninth n the field of 10 squads. Knoxville accumulated a total of 190 points overall.

In addition to Pearson, the Panthers counted Jade Six in 39th at 25:30, Tanna Davis 46th at 26:19, Olivia Maasdam 51st at 27:16 and Dani Johnston at 27:21 in 53rd place.

Also competing for the Panthers on the hilly Westwood terrain were Charlie Vermeer in 55th at 27:56 and Sophie Murphy 58th at 28:31.

Madelynn Liston was Knoxville’s top JV runner in 61st place at 28:54.


Jordan Bacon was the team leader for the Panther boys’ squad. He was 41st overall at 19:33.

The rest of the Panther scoring for the evening consisted of Seth Walraven 53rd at 20:01, Kaden McGill 55th at 20:03, Ethan Murra 58th at 20:14 and Jonathan Watson 62nd at 20:23.

Other KHS runners not counting in the team total were Peter Picard in 65th at 20:39 and Trent Walraven 78th 21:46.

Drake Hanson, a member of the S.E. Polk boys JV team was the winner at 17:00.

The Knoxville JV team was sixth with 197 ponts. Showing the way were Carson Irving in 29th at 20:24, Max Purvis at 20:32 in 31st, Emmett Schmidt 35th at 20:38, Joey Hembrook 38th at 20:51 and John Buttell 64th at 22:29.

Middle School

The Panther MS girls team was sixth with 183 points.

Olivia Bacon was the leader at 16;27 in 19th place with Janie Maasdam 33rd at 17:18.

Knoxville’s MS boys were seventh with 178 points.

KMS leaders were Landen Norris 12th at 13:50, Ezra Schmidt 28th at 14:37 and Henry Picard 34th at 14:54.

Odds and Ends

The top two varsity girls’ teams in the team standings are both ranked among the top nine teams in Class 3A.

Four of the top five teams in the varsity boys race are ranked top 10 in 3A, all but the S.E. Polk JV squad.

Perry Bell can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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