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North's Jaysen Bouwers wins Steve Johnson Invitational

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WAVERLY, Iowa — North High School junior Jaysen Bouwers earned another cross country win on Saturday, this time at the Steve Johnson Invitational hosted by Wartburg College. 

Bouwers won with a time of 15 minutes, 45 seconds, which was 24 seconds faster than the runner-up, Waukee's Kyle Ruby. 

The Stars, ranked fifth in Thursday's Class 4A poll, also won the team competition with a score of 54 points. They finished one point ahead of Class 4A No. 4 Cedar Falls. 

Will Lohr finished in sixth at 16:16, and freshman Beshanena Gutema got eighth with a time of 16:21. 

Stars freshman Gabe Nash was 17th in 16:41, and Ahmed Dido turned in a 22nd-place finish (16:50) to round out the top-5 scoring. 

North also knocked off 4A No. 12 Waukee. 

The North girls, meanwhile, finished sixth as a team, as it earned 214 points. Elizabeth Jordan led the Stars with a 22nd-place finish, and she finished in a time of 20:14. 

Lillian Garay finished 10 seconds behind Jordan for a 26th-place finish, but scored 25 points. 

Nicole Zuehl (20:35, 32 points), Mia Norton (21:37, 67) and Emma Kelley (21:41, 69) rounded out the top-5 North finishers. 

Onalaska (Wis.) took the individual and team championships. Junior Kora Malecek won the race in 17:31, and the Hilltoppers earned 38 team points.


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