Kaden McGill

Kaden McGill, a Freshman, is another young athlete who is making his mark at an early age with the Panther varsity cross country team. McGill was 41st in a run at Central College last Saturday.

It is very early in the season for all the varsity fall sports teams.

The Knoxville Panthers raced Saturday at the Pella High Cross Country Invitational held at Central College.

Jordan Bacon led the way for the Panthers who settled for eighth place out of 10 teams in the large school teams on hand for the event.

Gilbert won the large school team title with 49 points followed by a strong Norwalk Warrior team with 52 and North Polk was third with 78. Pella totaled 84 points for fourth.

The Panthers totaled 201 points Saturday.

Bacon, a Senior, was 28th overall with a time of 18:37. The next Panther to finish was Seth Walraven in 30th place at 18:45.

Rounding out the KHS scoring for the day were Kaden McGill, a Freshman, in 41st at 19:14, Jonathan Watson 49th at 19:24 and Ethan Murra 53rd at 19:45.

Also running for Knoxville but not counting in the team total for the day were Peter Picard in 54th at 19:51 and Emmett Schmidt 5th at 19:56.

Other top KHS times turned in were by Carson Irving at 20:01, Trent Walraven 20:12 and Max Purvis at 20:33.

The overall 5K winner of the race was Griffin Ruba, of Gilbert, with a clocking of 16:58.

The top 20 all received medals for their efforts.


Panther Head Coach Michael Splavec stated, “Today was a beautiful day to run, which is shocking for this Pella meet, which is typically very hot. We had some great performances by all of our athletes. We have had a lot of great improvement, and are excited to see how these next few weeks progress. We have one meet each week which will allow for some good training around those meets.”

Up Next

The Panthers will race at the Oskaloosa Invitational Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Pella Invite

Boys Team ScoringLarge Schools1. Gilbert 49, 2. Norwalk 52, 3. North Polk 78, 4. Pella 84, 5. Glenwood 145, 6. Bondurant-Farrar 163, 7. Oskaloosa 199, 8. Knoxville 201, 9. Nevada 243, 10. Mount Pleasant 266.

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

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