IVC competes in Amboy Invite, Conference tourney

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
IVC’s Haille Taylor darts down a stretch at Three Sisters Park earlier this season. Taylor finished sixth in the Amboy Invite and 35th in the Corn Belt Conference meet.

The IVC cross country teams are running well to close out the regular season. 

The runners competed in two big races, one in Amboy and then finished out the year in the Corn Belt Conference race.

“I’m excited, Amboy was great and we came back for the conference meet,” coach Dennis Fraikes said.

“They really performed well and I’m really proud of them.”

 Amboy Invite

The Grey Ghosts were running well, fast and determined at the Amboy Invite Oct. 13.

The Lady Grey Ghost runners were quick enough for an eighth place finish out of the 32 complete teams.

Leading the way for IVC girls to earn sixth overall out of the 232 other runners was Demi Johnson after a 17:53.6 performance.

Molly Prewitt was back 1:41 from Johnson at 19:35.6 for 41st and Katherine Schneider closed out in 53rd at 19:55.

Coming in fourth for IVC and 82nd overall was Kelsy Bowen at 20:44.1. Libby Allison rounded out for scoring for IVC in 147th at 22:09.4.

Haille Taylor clocked in at 22:32.2 in sixth for IVC and Taylor Larson was in seventh for the Lady Grey Ghosts at 22:40.

The IVC boys ran just as well for 11th out of the 24 full teams running.

Owen Habeger had a 15:39.2 run to earn him 22nd overall and to lead the Grey Ghosts.

In second for IVC was Devin Smith at 16:58.2 to finish 71st overall. Not far behind was Jordan Gerberding in 87th at 17:27.2.

Crossing the finish line at 18:18.1 was Ethan Sutherland in 127th and Josiah Smith was in at 18;40.8 for 144th.

 Corn Belt Conference Tournament

At the Corn Belt Conference tourney Saturday to end the regular season, the IVC girls were able to push forward for a fourth place finish with an 87 team score.

Johnson was in the lead for IVC in third place overall at 18:45.9.

“(Johnson’s) sore, but if she gets where she feels good, I think she’ll run in the 17s at the state meet,” Fraikes said.

Schneider crossed the finish line at 20:05.37 for 14th with Prewitt right behind in 15th at 20:13.62.

“(Schneider’s) getting back to where she’s feeling good,” Fraikes said.

Next in for the girls was Bowen at 20:47.61 for 21st. Taylor rounded out for the scoring runners at 22:12.89 for 35th. Libby Allison finished in 39th at 22:42.47 and Emily Terpstra closed out for the runners in 47th at 24:33.92.

“It’s not going to be easy. I really do think our girls have a shot at moving to Sectionals and out of Sectionals and make it to State,” Fraikes said.

The boys finished the race with 177 points for sixth place overall.

The Grey Ghosts were without No. 1 runner, Habeger, but had Devin Smith leading the path for IVC to finish in 23rd at 17:17.1.

“(Habeger) will be ready to go at Regionals,” Fraikes said. “When he got there that morning he warmed up but we decided that the best thing is to hold him out.”

Sutherland wasn’t too far off in 31st at 17:55.52, his first time breaking the 18-minute threshold, and Gerberding crossed the line at 18:31.11 for 38th.

In 41st was Josiah Smith at 18:52.5 and Noah Slater was in 44th at 20:07.64.

Caleb Adcock rounded out for the boys in 54th at 25:37.58.

The boys and girls teams will compete in the St. Bede Regional Saturday in Peru to fight for a qualifying spot to enter the Oregon Sectional.