GLENWOOD, Iowa — The North High School boys cross country team nearly ran a perfect meet on Saturday, scoring 18 points to win the Glenwood Invitational.
The Stars took each of the Top 4 spots, then Beshanena Gutema scored eight points to close out the 18-point total.
Stars senior Will Lohr won the meet with a time of 15 minutes, 51 seconds on the 5,000-meter course.
His margin of victory was by seven seconds, as Natnael Kifle was the runner-up in 15:58.
Stars junior Gabe Nash was third in 16:26, and Yemane Kifle was fourth with a time of 16:34.
Gutema was eighth, and his time was 16:51.
The Stars are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A by the Iowa Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches.
North wasn’t supposed to run in this meet. The Stars were scheduled to run earlier this week at the DMACC Invitational, but due to extreme heat, that meet was canceled.
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The North girls finished in seventh place, scoring 169 points. Stars junior Elizabeth Jordan placed sixth overall, running in 21:37.
Aphraditie Hancock placed second among the Stars’ lineup, which was 27th overall in 23:56. Nicole Zuehl was 40th in 25:17.
The Rams defended their home course, winning the meet with 52 points.
Clarinda junior Mayson Hartley won the meet in 20:04.
East goes 1-for-3 in Ankeny: The Black Raiders competed Saturday in the Ankeny Centennial tournament in Ankeny, and they beat the Clinton River Queens by set scores of 21-14, 21-12.
The Black Raiders dropped two matches, however. They lost to Dike-New Hartford 21-11, 21-11, and then the host Jaguars bested the Black Raides, 21-15, 21-9.
Denison-Schleswig 2, CAM 0: The Monarchs beat the Cougars by set scores of 21-19, 21-17.
Claire Leinen led the Monarchs with four kills, while Kaitlyn Bruhn and Hannah Slater each had three kills apiece.
The Monarchs, however, lost matches to AHSTW and Earlham.
In the match against AHSTW, AHSTW won 21-19, 21-6. Autumn Nemitz and Bruhn both had three kills.
Leinen had seven assists. Teryn Fink had seven digs in that match.
Earlham won 21-16 and 21-3. Langenfeld led the Monarchs with three kills.