Marion County teams from Knoxville, Twin Cedars and Melcher-Dallas all competed at the Albia Cross Country Invite Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The Knoxville boys varsity team settled for third place while the Lady Panthers were fourth in the girls 5K varsity race.

Varsity Girls

Knoxville freshman Norah Pearson is two-for-two to start the year. She won the varsity 5K race with an elapsed time of 19:48.

The next Panther to cross the finish line were Jade Six in 17th at 25;02 and Jalen Nelson 19th at 25:30.

Rounding out the KHS scoring for the day were Abbey Jackson in 25th at 26:02 and Charlie Ver Meer 26th at 26:03.

Also running for the varsity but not counting in the team total for the day were Dani Johnston in 27th at 26:04 and Tanna Davis 32nd at 27:31. Also placing among the top 23 were Olivia Maasdam 33rd at 28:03 and Sophie Murphy 35th at 28:37.

Pekin won the team title with 44 points, Twin Cedars was next with 54, Albia totaled 82 and Knoxville 88 points.

The Twin Cedars Sabers were paced by Riley Dunkin in second place at 20:24.

The rest of the TC scoring for the day had Kisha Reed 7th at 23;07, Cheyanne Bruns 8th at 23:11, Grace Bailey 16th at 24:59 and Brooke Roby 21st at 25:45.

The Melcher-Dallas Saints had just one runner and J’Lyn Knutson was third at 20:35.

Varsity Boys

The Panthers were third at Albia and the M-D Saints 7th.

Jordan Bacon was the leader for Knoxville in 10th place with a run of 19:33. He was followed by Seth Walraven in 11th at 19:44.

Rounding out the KHS scoring were Trent Walraven in 14th at 20:01, Kaden McGill 15th at 20:02 and Peter Picard 19th at 20:23.

Other top KHS times were by Max Purvis 21st at 20:25, Carson Irving 23rd at 20:34, Gavin Brown 25th, Evan Schmidt 26th,, Joey Hembrook 27th and Jonathan Watson 29th.

Irving, Brown, Schmidt, Hembrook and Watson all were 21 minutes or faster.

M-D Saints

Emery Sage had a brilliant opening night for the 2019 campaign in third place at 17:46.

The rest of the Saints scoring had Tyler Hartman 51st, Noah Offenburger 57th, Chase Ripperger 65th at Owen Suntken 75th.


Panther Coach Michael Splavec replied, “We had some strong improvement and are starting to put together a strong team this season on both the boys and girls teams. Norah Pearson led the girls to a 4th place finish.”

Up Next

The Panthers will compete at the Okaloosa Invite Sept. 17, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Twin Cedars will also compete at Oskaloosa Sept. 17.

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

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