The future looks bright for the Clarinda Cross Country program.
In 2018, Ashlyn Eberly qualified for the Class 2A girls’ state cross country meet as a freshman. This year, freshman Mayson Hartley earned the right to represent the Cardinals at the girls’ state meet.
Meanwhile, the Clarinda Middle School boys’ and girls’ teams were earning some state recognition of their own. The Cardinals attended the Washburn Classic Middle School Statewide Cross Country Meet held Saturday, Oct. 19, at Ankeny Centennial High School.
“We took 14 of our 20 middle school cross country athletes to this meet. It was a beautiful day and our teams and parents were terrific support to each other during the races,” Clarinda coach Jane Mayer said.
The Washburn Classic featured four classes with boys’ and girls’ races in each class. The boys’ and girls’ divisions were further divided into seventh and eighth grade races.
However, schools had the option of moving all of their runners up to the eighth grade event if they so chose. Competing in Class 2A, Mayer said the Cardinals combined their seventh and eighth grade runners into a single eighth grade entry in each division.
The strategy worked as Clarinda finished second in the Class 2A boys’ eighth grade race. The Cardinals were also seventh in the girls’ eighth grade team standings.
Clarinda scored 75 points in the boy’ team competition. Western Christian won the boys’ Class 2A team championship with 38 points, while Spirit Lake was third with 84 points.
Anchoring the Clarinda lineup was Kyle Wagoner as he won the individual Class 2A eighth grade boys’ state championship by 20 seconds. The victory was made all the more impressive by the fact Wagoner is only a seventh grader.
Wagoner completed the two mile course in a time of 11:27.5. Ethan Stalzer, an eighth grader from Albia, finished second with a time of 11:47. The next highest seventh grader in the eighth grade race was Nathan Pint of Jesup.
The Cardinals also received a 12 place finish from eighth grader Treyton Schaapherder as he was clocked at 12:19.3. Alex Lihs added a 32nd place finish as the eighth grader crossed the finish line in 12:57.9.
Eighth grader Jonah Norton turned in a 45th place finish as he posted a time of 13:14.8. Seventh grader Jared Fasnacht chipped in with a 52nd place effort with a time of 13:28.1.
Dalton Wright tacked on a 65th place finish. The eighth grade completed the race in 14:05.2.
Rounding out the Clarinda lineup were eighth grader Deacon Iverson and seventh grader Carson Landen. Iverson finished 89th with a time of 15:02. Landen was right behind in 90th place in 15:09.5.
In the Class 2A girls’ eighth grade race, Clarinda finished seventh with 106 points. Taking top honors was Williamsburg with 39 points, while Jesup finished second with 44 points.
Pacing the Cardinals was seventh grader Raenna Henke. She finished 17th in the race with a time of 14:05.2. Seventh grader Callie King placed 34th overall as she was clocked at 14:39.4.
Amelia Hesse followed in 44th place as she crossed the finish line in 15:14.7. Seventh grader Isabella Toler contributed a 46th place finish in a time of 15:23.4.
The final two members of the Clarinda squad were seventh graders Addison Moore and Kaedance Daly. Moore finished 60th in the field with a time of 15:49.9. Daly posted a time of 18:13.0 to finish 93rd for Clarinda.