The Knoxville Panthers turned in their top team score of the season Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Centerville Big Red Cross Country Invitational held at Honey Creek Golf Course near Moravia.

Davis County captured the girls’ team title with 30 points with Knoxville taking runner-up honors with 95 points.

A total of eight teams were in contention at the meet.

Knoxville freshman Norah Pearson continued to blaze her way around courses in south central Iowa. Pearson won the 5K race with a sparkling time of 19:33.

Also running well for the Panthers in their effort to finish second at the Centerville Invite were Abbey Jackson in 17th at 23:19 and Charlie Vermeer 27th at 23:24.

The rest of the Panther varsity scoring consisted of Dani Johnston in 34th at 23:52 and Tanna Davis 43rd at 24:25.

Also racing for Knoxville but not counting in the team total were Olivia Maasdam in 37th at 24:41 and Sophie Murphy at 26:30 in 51st place.

Odds and Ends

The Twin Cedars Sabers had one runner in action at Centerville. The runner was the No. 7 ranked runner in Class 1A, Rylee Dunkin,

Dunkin was second in the 5K varsity race with a time of 19:38.

Centerville InviteVarsity Girls1. Davis County 30; 2. Knoxville 95; 3. Albia 103; 4. Chariton 103; 5. Fort Madison 109; 6. Kirksville 122; 7. Oskaloosa 130; 8. Central Decatur 225.

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