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OHS G CC 2017

Ottumwa’s Latham Paces Area Cross Country Runners at State

By Jason Van Arkel, October 30, 2017

The area prep athletes competing at the state cross country meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday were mostly underclassmen, but it was a senior who brought home the best finish for an area school.

Ottumwa’s Kylie Latham, competing in her third and final state cross country meet, finished fifth in the Class 4A girls race with a time of 18:48.5. It marked the second time she had earned a top-ten finish at state, having finished ninth as a junior in 2016.

Unlike the previous two state meets, the entire Ottumwa girls team qualified for the state meet, and the Bulldogs finished 14th in the team standings. Sophomores Alli Bookin-Nosbisch and Carollin Mellin also ran well, finishing 34th and 35th respectively. This was the second state meet for Bookin-Nosbisch, who improved on her 87th-place finishfrom 2016.

Pekin had both its girls and boys teams competing in the Class 1A races, with the boys finishing seventh, and the girls coming in tenth. Remi Duwa paced the Lady Panthers with a 24th-place finish, while Colten Glosser ran 31st and Isaiah Wittrock 32nd on the boys side.

Of the five area runners who made it to state as solo qualifiers, Fairfield’s Ashley Bloomquist had the best finish, running 21st in the Class 3A girls race. Oskaloosa’s Lauren Coon ran 46th in that same race, while the Indians’ Carter Huyser came in 75th in the 3A boys race.

Albia had two runners, both freshmen, in the Class 2A boys race. Landon Noe ran 47th, while Brock Ratliff came in 72nd.