Bluejays cross-country team laces up at Newton Invitational

Cesar J ToledoSports
Bluejays cross-country team laces up at Newton Invitational

On Tuesday, the Bluejays embarked on its fourth invitational of the season. The team traveled over an hour to compete at the Newton Invitational hosted by Newton Senior High School. Perry had runners competing from the middle school and high school. The Bluejays ran in a total of five events, which it finished between 7th to 10th place, in terms of team points.

Where the Jays finished wasn’t the overall story. The team’s body of work has been the main focus since the beginning. Additionally, the rosters for both girls and boys teams have grown. According to the boys’ head coach Jeff Fox, a good amount of students have signed up to run.

“It has gotten larger. Recruiting goes along all season,” he said. “Usually until this time which is about halfway done. Even if they are not going to run much this year, I hope they get a chance to enjoy the sport and get a chance to try it.”

The increased numbers gave the team a total of 31 boys competing. Seven runners for varsity, about 14 to 15 junior varsity with almost 10 middle school students. The girls’ head coach Nathan Krohn has too seen his numbers increase and was proud of how many competed.

“Today, I’ve got 10 high school girls, nine middle school girls,” he said.

The competition was fierce as the invitational brought stiff competition. At any given start there was between nine to 10 teams on the course.

“A lot of higher schools, which would be good competition,” coach Krohn said. “I believe Ankeney is there, Ames will be there and we are looking at a lot of 4A schools that will be competing against today. It is a good course.”

For the varsity boys, both seniors Dawit Adum and Morgan Holmstrom placed in the top 50. Adum finished the course with a time of 19:47 in 39th place. Holmstrom finished 45th with a time of 20:23. The Jayettes varsity team had one top 30 finisher in sophomore Grace Stewart. Stewart placed 28th and finished the course with a time of 22:55.

The junior varsity boys team had two top 40 finishers with seniors Bradley Godwin and Fernando Catalan, who finished 35th and 40th. The middle schools boys and girls teams finished overall in points in 8th and 10th place.

The team plays host next Thursday, October 1, at the Leon Invitational. The meet is named after the late coach Leon Fox who started the Perry cross-country program.

Bluejays overall time scores