Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central
©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Fairley Leads Dutch at La Crosse

Holly McKinney-I 35-Central  ©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Holly McKinney-I 35-Central
©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Men

Central College senior Mark Fairley (Dubuque) finished sixth at the Wis.- La Crosse Jim Drews Invitational Saturday afternoon.

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The senior finished the 8,000-meter race in a season-best 25 minutes, 22 seconds. Fairley was 46 seconds behind Iowa Central Community College’s Karim Achengli, who took home the individual crown.

Iowa Central placed five runners in the top 11, including the top three finishers, to win the 21-team invitational with 25 points. Host Wis.-La Crosse was second with 35 points while Central finished 11th with 272 points.

“We made some progress today and I saw some really good things,” said coach Joe Dunham.

Senior Tanner Rathje (Marion, Linn-Mar HS) ran a season-best 26:07 to finish 29th in the 357-runner field.

“Tanner also had a little bit of a breakout race for the season,” said Dunham.

Junior Jordan Toomey (Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) posted a season-best 26:45, good for 68th, freshman Nathan Sanders (Waukee) continued the trend of season bests after placing 78th with 26:53, senior Taylor Donner (Dubuque) had a season-best time of 27:13 and placing 91st, sophomore Preston Kizer (Dubuque) finished 97th with a career-best 27:22 and junior Kyle Pape (Dubuque, Wahlert HS) was 104th with 27:36.

“Overall, we still have work to do but I’m pleased with the improvements across the board,” said Dunham.

Central turns its attention to the Iowa Conference Championships October 28 in Waverly. The Dutch finished fifth at the Dan Huston Invitational Sept. 30 in a preview of the league championship course.

Women

The Central College women’s cross country showed its continued development Saturday when six of its seven runners shattered season-best marks at the Wis.-La Crosse Tori Neubauer Invitational.

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Central finished 14th in the 21-team field with 360 points. Iowa Central Community College won the 6,000-meter invitational with 53 points and host Wis.-La Crosse was runner-up with 58. Iowa Central’s Adva Cohen won the 298-runner invitational, finishing in 21 minutes, 23.7 seconds.

Senior Holly McKinney (Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) was 32nd (23:17), senior Evie Kammeyer(Urbandale) was 51st (23:55), sophomore Lauren Moll (Faribault) placed 71st (24:22), freshman Sarah Roberts (Lake-in-the-Hills, Ill., Huntley HS) finished 97th (25:22), sophomore Ashley Meldrum(Cambridge, Ballard HS) was 109th (25:46), junior Jenna Murray (Grandview, Louisa-Muscatine HS)placed 113th (26:01) and sophomore Savanna Henning (Ankeny, Centennial HS) finished 115th (26:02).

“Sarah, Ashley and Jenna all had solid performances,” said coach Joe Dunham. “Very pleased with their improvement.”

McKinney and Kammeyer set season bests while Roberts, Meldrum, Murray and Henning set career bests.

The Dutch turn their attention to the Iowa Conference Championships October 28 in Waverly. Central finished in a tie for fourth at the Dan Huston Invitational Sept. 30 in a preview of the league championship course.

“If we can put a complete race together, I believe we have a good shot to surprise some teams,” said Dunham.