The Van Meter Girls XC team opened up the 2019 season at the Gilbert Meet hosted at the Iowa State Cross Country course. The Bulldogs battled through a very warm night and a challenging course. The competition was tough as 8 WCAC teams and 3 ranked teams were in the field.
Van Meter freshmen runners Clare and Mary Kelly led the way for the Bulldogs from start to finish. Clare Kelly got off to a quick start and remained in 3rd place from start to finish, never losing her position. Clare crossed the finish line in a time of 21:32, just under 50 seconds from the leaders. Mary Kelly came across the line shortly after her sister in 5th to lock up her own top-five finish with a time of 22:17. Clair Lauterbach, Matti Rebelsky and Claire Newell also ran strong opening races of the season to round out the Van Meter top 5 scoring positions. Lauterbach finished 27th, Rebelsky 34th and Newell 42nd overall for the Bulldogs.
As a team, Van Meter finished 4th out of 12 overall. Van Meter defeated #13 ACGC, as well as conference foes Madrid, DMC, Pleasantville, and Ogden.
Top 7 runners:
Fr. Clare Kelly- (21:32) 3rd
Fr. Mary Kelly- (22:17) 5th
Sr. Clair Lauterbach- (26:09) 27th
Jr. Matti Rebelsky- (26:42) 34th
Fr. Claire Newell- (27:25) 42nd
Jr. Lilly Thompson- 27:59 49th
Jr. Josie Cross- 28:15 53rd