Grey Ghost runners pace for first

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
The IVC boys cross country team stands with their Regional championship plaque in Peru. They are, back row, from left, sophomores Caleb Adcock, Devin Smith and junior Ethan Sutherland. Front row, freshmen Jordan Gerberding, Noah Slater, Owen Habeger and sophomore Josiah Smith.

Thirty years have past since the IVC boys cross country team was a Regional champion. This year, the boys broke the stint after claiming first at the St. Bede Regional in Peru Saturday.

The boys Grey Ghosts ran for first with a team score of 69. Henry was second with 80.

“It’s great, it’s great. The boys were ecstatic. We’ve got one junior and the rest are freshman so it vies well for the future,” coach Dennis Fraikes said.

“Next week hopefully we’ll run even better. You never know what will happen.”

Both teams advanced to the Oregon Sectional and will race at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Leading the boys was freshman Owen Habeger at 17:13.7 for fifth overall and sophomore Devin Smith followed up in 10th overall at 18:00.6.

Freshman Jordan Gerberding closed out in 12th at 18:20.7.

In fourth for the Grey Ghosts and 25th overall was junior Ethan Sutherland at 19:11.6. 

Sophomore Josiah Smith wasn’t too far off in 30th at 19:30.4 to round out the scoring for IVC.

Freshman Noah Slater finished in 50th at 21:07.1 and Caleb Adcock closed out the race for IVC in 66th at 26:01.9.

Another impressive feat from the cross country runners was senior Demi Johnson leading the way for the girls to take first at 19:30.2.

“I was pretty happy with the way (Johnson’s) running. She’s been sore lately, but she battled through it and did real well,” Fraikes said.

Last year’s lone IVC State qualifier sophomore Katherine Schneider finished in ninth overall at 20:53.1.

“(Schneider) is starting to run a lot better. She’s starting to get over her little tweaks and injuries,” Fraikes said.

Paired together were sophomore Molly Prewitt in 12th at 21:21.9 and freshman Kelsy Bowen right behind in 13th at 21:24.7.

In 33rd was freshman Haille Taylor at 23:12.7 with Libby Allison on her heels in 36th at 23:31.5 to close out the scoring for the girls.

Sophomore Claire Weber finished in 52nd at 26:19 to round out the girls.

“It just builds there confidence to take the next step forward,” Fraikes said.

“We just hope we keep advancing, which was our goal. We’ll see how it goes.”