Top-ranked Bombers edge No. 3 Fillies at Mike Carr Invite

Joe Randleman Staff Writer
Ballard’s Josie Fleischmann (left) and Brooke Loewe run together during the varsity girls’ race at the Mike Carr Invitational Monday at the Ballard Golf and Country Club in Huxley. Fleischmann placed 17th and Loewe 16th individually in Class A. The Bombers, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, won the Class A team championship, edging Dallas Center-Grimes, the No. 3 team in 3A, 44 points to 47.

HUXLEY — The Ballard girls did just enough to hold off Dallas Center-Grimes for the Class A team championship at the Mike Carr Invitational cross country meet Monday.

The Bombers, ranked first in Class 3A, scored 44 points to beat the third-ranked Fillies by three points for first in Class A on a hot and humid day at the Ballard Golf and Country Club.

“I was scared — I admit it,” Ballard freshman Shewaye Johnson said. “There were really good girls out here. But we did good and there’s more to come.”

The meet featured 19 ranked runners in Class A and B combined. Johnson entered the meet ranked fourth in 3A and that’s exactly where she placed in Class A at Huxley, running a 5-kilometer time of 20 minutes, 2.4 seconds.

Johnson spent the first half of the race running with second-ranked Ainsley Erzen of Carlisle before Erzen pulled away to coast to the individual title with an impressive 19:16.8 showing. Erzen defeated Pella’s Caroline McMartin by 37.7 seconds for first.

“It was a tough and challenging,” Johnson said of running with Erzen. “But I get to learn how to race and push myself.”

Another Bomber freshman, Paityn Noe, took fifth with a 20:09.8 showing. Noe was motivated to help the Bombers win the team title.

“The last mile was hard,” Noe said. “I just told myself (to) keep going, keep pushing - you’re going to be alright - pain is only temporary. I see all these different teams running with us, but what I most see is our top four runners running with those girls and they only got one good runner. It keeps me going - we can win this.”

Ellie Twedt placed seventh in 20:42.2, collapsing after crossing the finish line due to giving it her all. Caitlin Maher came in 12th in 21:23.2 and Brooke Loewe 16th in 22:01.4 to round out the Bomber scoring.

Josie Fleischmann was right behind Loewe with a 17th-place time of 22:05.0 and Meg Rietz ran a 22:07 to complete Ballard’s outstanding varsity showing.

DCG had the third, eighth, 10th, 11th and 15th runners to finish the race in scoring 47 points. The races by Twedt and Maher helped make the difference.

“What a race it was!” Ballard head coach Scott Barth said. “Running against a team the caliber of DCG and several other ranked teams makes for quite a display of talent. There are so many talented athletes and coaches at this meet and anytime you win against that quality, you have to be pleased.”

Norwalk, the No. 6 team in 3A, placed third in the Class A girls’ standings with 110 points. Traditional power Pella came in fourth out of 12 scored teams with 152 points.

In the boys’ competition Ballard placed eighth out of 12 teams with 242 points. Carlisle, the No. 1 team in 3A, edged No. 5 Norwalk, 64 to 65, for the Class A boys’ title.

“All things considered, our performance was decent,” Barth said. “I was hoping that we could put some good pieces together in front of the home crowd and place a bit higher and closer to those ranked teams. But not all of our athletes ran up to their potential tonight for various reasons.”

Chris Lee had a strong individual outing. Running on Ballard’s home course for the first time, Lee placed 22nd with a 5-kilometer showing of 18:29.3.

“I just kept thinking about my team and everybody that was rooting for me,” Lee said. “I think I was a little dehydrated so that slowed me down a bit, (but) otherwise pretty good.”

Jack Chism took 49th in 19:48.5, Austin Shoen 52nd in 20:03.4, Jace Beall 57th in 20:12.3 and Gage Long 62nd in 20:25.9 as the other runners to earn points for the Ballard boys. Jonah Oslon came in 65th at 20:37.0 and Dante Jones 74th in 21:39.9.

Adel-Desoto-Minburn’s Nate Mueller, the No. 2 individual runner in 3A, won the Class A boys’ individual title with a time of 16:38.0.

Final team scores - Class A

Girls: 1. Ballard 44 points, 2. DCG 47, 3. Norwalk 110, 4. Pella 152, 5. Carlisle 162, 6. Gilbert 169, 7. Winterset 171, 8. ADM 181, 9. Bondurant-Farrar 183, 10. Perry 259, 11. Webster City 316, 12. Boone 364.

Boys: 1. Carlisle 64, 2. Norwalk 65, 3. DCG 77, 4. Gilbert 81, 5. Pella 82, 6. Bondurant-Farrar 181, 7. ADM 184, 8. Ballard 242, 9. Webster City 265, 10. Winterset 274, 11. Boone 314, 12. Perry 376.

Individual Class A results (5-kilometer) - Ballard

Girls: 4. Shewaye Johnson, 20:02.4; 5. Paityn Noe, 20:09.8; 7. Ellie Twedt, 20:42.2; 12. Caitlin Maher, 21:23.2; 16. Brooke Loewe, 22:01.4; 17. Josie Fleischmann, 22:05.05; 18. Meg Rietz, 22:07.0.

Boys: 22. Chris Lee, 18:29.3; 49. Jack Chism, 19:48.5. 52. Austin Shoen, 20:03.4; 57. Jace Beall, 20:12.3; 62. Gage Long, 20:25.9; 65. Jonah Olson, 20:37.0; 74. Dante Jones, 21:39.9.