The Knoxville girls were 8th and the boys 9th at the Grinnell Invitational held Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Dallas Center-Grimes won the varsity girls title with 55 points. The Panthers were eighth with 215.

Ainsley Erzen, of Carlisle, won the 5K event with a time of 18:57. Erzen is the No. 2 ranked runner in Class 3A.

Knoxville Freshman Norah Pearson was third in the varsity race with a time of 19:17, just 20 seconds off the pace of Erzen.

The next four KHS runners to cross the finish line all finished in a pack. Abbey Jackson was 51st at 24:39 and Jade Six 52nd at 24:39.

Rounding out the team total for the day wer Jalen Nelson 54th at 24:45 and Dani Johnston 55th at 24:46.

Not counting in the Panther team total for the day, but right in the pack was Charlie Vermeer 57th at 24:48 and Olivia Maasdam was 69th at 26:07.

“We had a good night in Grinnell. Almost all runners are still seeing good improvement in many aspects of their races,” stated KHS Coach Michael Splavec.

JV Girls

The Panther JV team scored 198 points as they settled for 7th place overall.

Counting in the team total were Tanna Davis in 19th at 26:20, Sophie Murphy 32nd at 28:05 and Madelyn Liston 44th at 29:56.

Also counting in the KHS JV scoring were Claire Fay in 51st and Anna McDonald 52nd.

Middle School

The Panther Middle School girls were 8th place with 158 points.

The top three runners were Olivia Bacon, Janie Maasdam and Angelina Strukova.

Grinnell Invite

Varsity Girls1. Dallas Center-Grimes 55; 2. Ottumwa 92; 3. Williamsburg 93; 4. Grinnell 111; 5. Pella 157; 6. Carlisle 169; 7. Benton 173; 8. Knoxville 215; 9. Montezuma 226; 10. Lynnville-Sully 247; 11. Newton 258; 12. PCM 262; 13. South Tama 266; 14. Vinton-Shellsburg 343.

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