Pekin holds its own against big schools
IOWA CITY – The Pekin Panthers competed against much larger schools Sept. 29 in a cross-country meet in Iowa City.
The Panthers faced off with Iowa City High, Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Ottumwa. Despite having a student body a fraction of the size of the other schools, Pekin captured some of the top spots in both the boys’ and girls’ races. The boys were second with 48 points behind the winner, Iowa City High with 25 points. Cedar Rapids Jefferson had 79 and Ottumwa had 82.
The girls finished third with 68 points, behind champion Iowa City High with 20 points and Ottumwa with 53. Cedar Rapids Jefferson had 102 points.
“At this meet, our runners all had personal bests,” said Panther coach Davis Eidahl. “It really did give us great experience to run against 4A schools. We competed well.”
Matthew Dodge of Iowa City High won the boys race with a time of 16:39, just three seconds ahead of Pekin’s Ryan Millikin and five seconds ahead of another Panther runner, Malcolm Myers. Iowa City High captured eight of the top 11 places.
Sam Roth finished 16th and stopped the watches at 17:46. Colten Glosser zipped past the finish line in 17:57, good for 18th. Isaiah Wittrock was 22nd with an 18:08. Cameron Millikin posted a time of 21:11 to put himself in 39th place.
Kylie Latham of Ottumwa won the girls’ meet with a time of 19:14. The next five places all went to Iowa City High runners. Pekin’s Shea Dahlstrom cracked the leaderboard with her 10th place finish in 20:25. Remi Duwa finished two places behind her with a time of 20:42. Emilee Linder was not far behind, coming in 17th with a time of 21:02.
Zoey Wright had a 21:28 for 19th place. Kelly Myers finished four seconds later for 21st place. Deuces were wild for Mackenzie Martin, who stopped the clock at 22:22 for 25th place. Hunter Lock was just a second behind her for 26th place. Ayren Essary earned 30th place with a time of 23:07. Hollie Loper finished in 23:13 for 31st place.