A sixth place finish for the Jayettes and seventh for the Bluejays did not tell the whole story for Perry’s H.S. cross country team after an afternoon of competition at this season’s RRC Meet.
The biggest takeaway belonged to Jayette senior Grace Stewart who notched a medal after her 10th place finish in a field of 48 runners.
Stewart finished her final high school career RRC race with a time of 21:35.57 and in the process earning her team 10 of the total 165 points.
She outpaced Perry’s second finisher, senior Julissa Calderon, by almost three and a half minutes with Calderon finishing 35th.
Freshman Cris Gomez finished three places later in 38th with sophomore Molly Lutmer following suit in 40th.
The final three Jayettes to finished back-to-back-to-back as sophomores Hannah Peterson, Sophie Prombo and Angela Hernandez finished 41 through 43.
For the Bluejays it would be senior Zach Thompson leading the squad with a time of 18:40.71 for 28 overall and 28 of the team’s 203 points.
Six other Bluejays participated in the conference meet with junior Eduardo Sanchez placing 40, senior Zach Stewart at 44, junior Mario Cruz at 45, sophomore Hayden McFarland at 46, junior Beau Nelson at 48, and senior Aaron Lockwood at 49.
The Carlisle boys took first place with 33 points, Bondurant-Farrar came in second with 54 and A.D.M. placed third with 60.
In fourth place was Ballard with 112 points, the host followed with 115 and Boone finished sixth with 139 points.
The Ballard girls’ 25 points earned them first place, with the host recording second with 85, and A.D.M’s 85 notched them third place.
Bondurant-Farrar took fourth with 102 points, Carlisle came in fifth with 117 and rounding out the field was Boone in seventh with 169 points.
It was the second meet in less than a week for the two Perry squads who were in action on Oct. 5, at Saydel for the Eagles Invitational.
The Bluejays finished in ninth place with 220 points. First place went to North Polk with 51, Des Moines Lincoln was second with 54, and third place went to Ballard with 60 points.
The host placed fourth with 85 points, fifth was Woodward-Granger with 162, sixth was Ankeny Christian Academy with 163, seventh was West Central Valley with 195 and in eighth was Iowa Christian Academy with 196 points.
The Jayettes’ 120 points landed them in fifth place with North Polk’s 28 earning them the top spot. Ballard finished second with 29, W-G was third with 107, West Central Valley followed with 120 and the host finished sixth with 151 points.
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The two Perry squads had several athletes receive RRC All-Academic accolades. The letter winners are sophomore through senior student athletes who earned a 3.25-4.0 GPA