SAYDEL — The Perry cross country teams concluded their regular season with a visit to the Saydel Invitational Oct. 17.
North Polk edged Perry, 61-63, to claim the boys title, with Carlisle a close third with 65 points. Ballard was fourth at 77 points, with Saydel (109), Bondurant-Farrar (129), PCM (219) and Colfax-Mingo (233) also in the one-class field.
North Polk had little trouble in claiming the girls title as well be scoring an impressive 26 points. Ballard (42), B-F and Carlisle (both 94), Saydel (118) and Perry (144) also competed for the girls crown.
Perry junior Atem Akok finished in 16 minutes, 49.56 seconds to claim the boys overall title by more than 22 seconds. Keegan Pfau placed sixth for Perry in 17:51.14, with Oscar Chavez (13th, 18:47.62), Christian Morales (20th, 19:11.45) and Cole Chance (23rd, 19:14.28) also scoring for the Bluejays.
Richie Cazares (34th, 19:54.85) and Zach Roberts (35th, 19:55.26) also competed for Perry but did not have their places used toward the team point total.
Leah Reuter led the Jayettes by crossing 15th in 18:31.11, with Jessie Laughridge (26th, 19:12.34), Ashley McCord (28th, 19:32.14), Louise Peitz (37th, 21:32.65) and Aurora Rodriguez (38th, 21:44.49) also scoring for Perry. The team did not tabulate the finishes of Irhet Navarrete (41st, 23:32.17) or of Nicole Ayala (42nd, 24:27.97).
The Perry girls did not have a junior varsity entrant, but 12 Jays ran in the unlimited field. Gustav Winterberg was the top JV finisher for Perry in 21:30.8, with Steven Guardado (21:45.23), Gerardo Gonzalez (22:01.69), Fernando Catalan (23:04.52), Seth Talbot (23:36.05), Ian Velasco (24:46.95), Jeffrey Gutierrez (24:48.46), Brody Kimrey (24:52.69), Riley Kimrey (25:50.85), Cristian Guardado (25:56.15), Conor Flannery (27:18.55) and Zach Mills (30:52.03) all making the circuit.
Zach Thompson (4th, 12:59.68), Mario Cruz (21st, 14:12.79) and Isael Morales (53rd, 15:51.83) ran the Perry boys middle school team, with Grace Stewart (7th, 14:28.66), Elise Hill (14th, 15:41.78), Hannah Roberts (31st, 17:20.8) and Skylar Cunningham (35th, 17:37.99) running for the Perry middle school girls.