Pville G XC Team

Members of the 2019 Pleasantville Girls Cross Country Team include in the front from the left, Hailee McCormick, Ashlynn McConnell, Riley Thill and Azell Smith. In row two are managers Addie Dawson, Megan Dainty and Abbie Hintz. In the back are Taryn Brent, Kierra Bazzell, Emmie Kenyon, Devon Core and Sophia Mason.

The Pleasantville Trojans saw their season come to a close at the 2019 Class 2A State Qualifying Meet in Williamsburg Thursday, Oct. 24.

Only the top 15 runners in each of the varsity races and top three teams were able to advance to State competition Saturday, Nov. 2 in Fort Dodge,

The Pleasantville varsity girls’ team was 10th place overall while the Trojan boys were 11th.

Girls

The PHS girls were paced by Hailee McCormick, a junior, who was 45th overall at 23:04 in the 5K event.

All seven Trojan runners are underclassmen giving the team hope for 2020.

Emmie Kenyon was 52nd place at 23:25. The rest of the PHS scoring for the day consisted of Ashlyn McConnell in 53rd at 23:29, Taryn Brent 62nd at 24:35 and Sophia Mason 65th at 24:38.

Also racing for the Trojans but not counting in the team total were Riley Thill in 70th at 24:59 and Azell Smith 76th at 25:54.

Coach Aaron Fichter’s Trojan lineup had three juniors, one sophomore and three freshmen in the mix. The freshmen were McConnell, Mason and Smith.

Defending state champion Marie Hostetler of Mid-Prairie was the 5K winner with a clocking of 17:51.

The top three teams moving on to State action include Williamsburg with 37 points, Mid-Prairie 43 and Davis County with 97 points.

Boys

Sophomore Devon Luing was the leader for the Trojan boys squad. He was 32nd overall at 18:37 in the 5K event.

The rest of the PHS scoring had Trenton Major 53rd at 19:53, trevor Pulse 63rd at 20:12, Jeremy Colboth 72nd at 20:48 and Justin Nickel 83rd at 21:51.

Also running for the team but not counting in the team total were Gage Lyon in 91st at 22:48 and Dean Jolly 95th at 23:14.

All seven Trojan runners are underclassmen with two of them being freshmen, Gage Lyon and Dean Jolly.

Winning the varsity boys’ 5K race was Kenny Cronin of Davis County with a time of 16:39.

The top three teams moving on to State include Williamsburg with 65 points, Davis County 75 and Danville-New London 76.

Coach Fichter replied, “Jeremy Colboth did an excellent job putting more time in and racing more competitively. He did a nice job his senior year. With that said, the feeling around the team this year was to build for next year. We lost three scorers on our girls side and the message was that we would be much improved by the end of the year but we could see growing pains early on. I was extremely happy with the progress our young kids made. I think the kids are motivated and can take a big step forward with consistent training.”

He continued, “Our boys made vast improvements from a year ago. To highlight this point: 14th at the Wayne Invitational last year, 4th this year. Our top 5 put more work in this summer and it is something we can point to as a reason we were more competitive. Overall, I was pleased with the year. We must continue to see the benefits of training year round.”

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

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