Cross Country Girls Takes Second and Boys Take Third at West Delaware

Alex Fencl

Two meets away from districts, the West Delaware cross-country meet provided a taste of what the battle for state will be like.

With an average time of 20:40 and a team score of 96, The varsity girls XC team got runner up out of 18 teams at the West Delaware meet on Oct. 4.

Junior Laura Swart ran a fifth place time of 19:42. “I kinda felt like I was gonna puke the whole time, but our team did really well,” said Swart.

Senior Anna Hoffman received a seventh place medal after running a new personal record of 19:50. “The team is improving every meet and I got a personal record, so I think the meet went pretty good,” said Hoffman.

Western Dubuque, who took first in the girls’ meet, won by only 7 points with an overall score of 89.

The boys of Mount Vernon XC placed third overall with an average time of 17:27 and a time spread of 24 seconds, the closest of all of the participating teams at West Delaware.

Senior Carson Sansenbach, Mount Vernon’s top finisher for this race, took 18th place with a time of 17:14. “We are where we want to be, I think we’re ready for state,” said Sansenbach.

The boys of MVL XC have a deep stacked team. Coach Kory Swart said that he has seven guys that run varsity and it’s never clear who is going to be the top runner for each meet. The XC team so far has had five different top runners this season.

The varsity teams of MVL XC were very excited to watch the boys junior varsity race, knowing that they had a shot for a perfect score. Throughout the whole meet teammates praised Mount Vernon’s junior varsity team.

During the majority of the race, Mount Vernon took up spots one through eight. When the race was finished the boys junior varsity team had finished with 10 of the top 12 spots and a perfect score of 15.

“Pack running kills,” said coach Swart.