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Solon boys, girls sweep Anamosa XC meet… ALL four races

Running in a crowd, Solon freshmen Brick Kabela and Michael Yeomans work toward the finish line in the varsity race at the Sept. 26 Anamosa Invitational. They finished ninth and 13th to help propel the Spartans to the meet title.

ANAMOSA– Get out the broom. It was a clean sweep. Solon’s seventh-ranked Class 3A girls ran away with the title across Anamosa’s cross country course Saturday, Sept. 26. The fourth-ranked boys followed suit with a solid victory, too. And just to drive home the meaning of “team depth,” the junior varsity (JV) boys and girls did likewise! This was Solon’s second tour of the hilly Anamosa course. In their season opener, Aug. 29, each varsity team was third.
“It was great to run the same course again. Our girls’ times? That’s probably the closest spread we’ve had this season. They stood out strong from top to bottom,” said coach Emy Williams. “And with the boys? To get that win again? It’s just a great thing to have happen.”

Girls pack it in for win; varsity and junior varsity
For Kiersten Conway, it was a busy weekend. Friday night, she was crowned Homecoming Queen. Saturday, she was Solon’s top runner– fourth overall– in the Anamosa Invitational. And it was still only 10 in the morning!
That pack of gray jerseys just past the finish line? That was the Lady Spartans getting their breath back, while most of the runners from 13 teams were still on the course. Class 1A’s third-ranked Billie Wagner of South Winneshiek (19:33 over the 5-kilometer course) led 68 varsity runners over the electronic finish mats. However, Conway (20:29) and her teammates were close behind. Emma Bock (20:41), Mary Fiala (20:42) and Gracie Federspiel (also 20.42) went six-seven-eight. Anna Quillin was 16th (21:08) to lock up the championship. Just two spots back, Kaia Holtkamp (21:11) was Solon’s insurance runner.
Conway, a senior, was rated 20th in Class 3A last week. Sophomore Fiala broke through, 29th of the 30 girls tabbed. “The race went well. We had a strong pack at the beginning,” reviewed Conway. “Mary did real well. I’m just so proud of her for that. And we all stuck together. The pack caught up at the finish… which was awesome. It was probably the best we have raced so far this season!”
Her coach backed that up. “Most of them dropped 50 seconds from their earlier time. We can see now, how they have dropped their times,” Williams noted.
Want more? The JV girls served up a perfect 15-point score, with runner-up Monticello 40 points back. Mia Duckett (21:16), Annika Kruse, Mara Düster, Ashlyn Williams and Grace Fiala swept the top five spots. Kayla Young was sixth for Solon, with Kerrigan Lyons seventh, before anyone with a different jersey showed up in that five-school race. Her coach’s take? “Mia Duckett goes out and wins the JV race. It’s exciting to see the confidence she showed in the last one-and-a-half miles.”

Solon boys post 30-point gap over the field. JV delivers, too.
With three top-10 finishers, Solon’s boys ran away from the field, getting the win in the 10-team Anamosa Invitational. Tipton’s Caleb Shumaker, top ranked in Class 2A, took individual honors, in 16:21.
Gabe Hinman was first across for Solon on the winding, hilly course, hitting 17 minutes flat, third among 87 runners. Tyler Bilskie (17:17) was seventh, with freshman Michael Yeomans (17:26) ninth. Fellow freshman Brick Kabela (17:39) was 13th. Ben DeValk wrapped up the scoring for Solon, crossing 19th (18:01). “They continue to run as a tight pack. Michael Yeomans had a great race,” applauded Williams.
This week’s meet at Williamsburg (Tuesday) was a test, as they were to run against five ranked 2A and 3A teams.
Meanwhile, there is still a meet-to-meet battle for the seven varsity spots. The JV boys from Solon posted a 26-65 victory over runner-up Anamosa in their five-school race. “In that one, Ty Becicka and Grant Bumsted really stepped up, too,” said Williams. Becicka (18:54) and Bumsted (19:01) went one-two… with teammate Lewis Sutton (19:24) fourth. Gabe Yetley (eighth), Josiah Hale (11th), Nate Shafer (12th) and Ethan McLaughlin (20th) were packed into the front end of the 90 JV runners.

Boys-Anamosa Invitational, Varsity
Solon 51
South Winneshiek 84
Tipton 98
Cedar Rapids Jefferson 103
Monticello 126
Davenport Assumption 130
Cascade 193
Camanche 199
Anamosa 206
North Linn CSD 272
Incomplete teams: Isaac Newton Christian, Springville-Central City, Midland

Girls-Anamosa Invitational, Varsity
Solon 41
Davenport Assumption 69
South Winneshiek 94
Tipton 96
Monticello 124
Prince of Peace 146
North Linn 178
Anamosa 180
Jefferson 208
Cascade 220
Incomplete Teams: Calamus-Wheatland, Isaac Newton Christian, Springville - Central