Bulldogs News · Girls Cross Country Finish 2nd at Conference


The Van Meter girls cross country team wrapped up it’s regular season on Thursday night as they traveled to Panora for the WCAC meet. The Conference meet featured five ranked teams out of the eleven competing. #5 Panora (2A) #5 Van Meter (1A), #7 ACGC (1A) #10 DMC (2A) and #13 Earlham (1a) highlighted the field as it looked to be one of the most competitive races of the season.

The Bulldogs started the race off in strong fashion, Clare Kelly was the early leader as they approached the first half mile of the race. Mary Kelly was locked in a tight race for a top five position, Maya Herman was also fighting to hold on to a top 14, all-conference spot as the early stages of the race passed. A mix of Van Meter runners battled for our 4th and 5th spots. Matti Rebelsky, Claire Newell, Eden Moore, Brooklyn Fryar and Maddie Waldorf were all within a few positions of each other, looking to secure the final scoring spots for the Bulldogs.

As the runners came out of the trees with a half-mile remaining, Clare Kelly had distanced herself from the field. Kelly led the race wire to wire, becoming the first Van Meter girl in school history to claim individual conference champion. Mary Kelly held on strong to a top-five finish, finishing in fifth place for the bulldogs. A 5th place finish meant Kelly would join her sister as a 1st team all-conference runner for the second straight season.

Maya Herman was the 3rd Bulldog to grab an all-conference spot. Herman finished in 13th place overall, which placed her on the 2nd team all-conference list. Herman ran her best time of the season at 22:09. Senior, Matti Rebelsky also ran one her best race of the year when Van Meter needed it most. As a team, Van Meter was in a close contest with DMC and ACGC for the 2nd place overall. Rebelsky finished in 25th place in a time of 23:14. Claire Newell ran her way into the top five for Van Meter for the first time this season. Newell ran a career-best time of 23:36 to finish 28th place.

The final team scoring came down to only a few points. Panora won the meet with 50 team points. Van Meter finished 2nd overall with 72 points, edging out DMC (76) and ACGC (79) in a race that was decided by 7 total points. The runner-up finish was the second straight year with a top 2 finish in the conference for Van Meter.

The Bulldogs now turn their focus to next Thursday as they travel to Mt. Ayr for the State Qualifying meet. Van Meter looks to make back-t0-back trips to the state meet in Fort Dodge on October 31st.

Team ScoringĀ 

1 Panora 50

2 Van Meter 72

3 DMC 76

4 ACGC 79

5 Earlham 93

6 Pleasantville 187

7 Madrid 196

8 WCV 233

9 Ogden 236

10 W-G 263

Top 7 Runners

1 Clare Kelly 20:02

5 Mary Kelly 20:42

13 Maya Herman 22:09

25 Matti Rebelsky 23:14

28 Claire Newell 23:36

32 Eden Moore 23:58

33 Brooklyn Fryar 24:07