Kiersten Conway-Solon 
©Ryan Murken @rmmurken

Solon Opens Their Season: Prepsports’ Ryan Murken

Kiersten Conway-Solon  ©Ryan Murken @rmmurken

Kiersten Conway-Solon
©Ryan Murken @rmmurken

Prepsports posted a story about the Solon Girls’opening to their season.  Below is an except from Prepsports’ Ryan Murken.  For the full story click here! 

Feature photo: Kiersten Conway-Solon ©Ryan Murken @rmmurken 

There is no easing into the season for the Solon cross country teams.

The Spartans opened at the rugged Cedar Rapids Prairie Invite last Saturday where nearly half of the 21-team field was comprised of 4A teams.

Solon coach Emy Williams describes the tough season-opening meet as a trial by fire.

Freshman Kiersten Conway used a different word to describe the first varsity meet of her career.

“It was pretty intimidating,” Conway said of the Prairie meet. “Definitely, an intimidating race to start with.”

The experience from a challenging start is already paying dividends for Conway.

Conway placed third in 21:12.72 at the Bob Brown Classic at Kicker Soccer Park in Iowa City on Thursday helping Solon to a third-place team finish.

 

Bob Brown Cross Country Classic

Girls Results

Team Results – 1. Monticello 42; 2. Marion 73; 3. Solon 98; 4. Anamosa 103; 5. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 135; 6. North Cedar 163; 7. Regina 186; 8. Liberty 239; 9. Tipton 259; 10. Clear Creek Amana 261; 11. Wilton 270; 12. Columbus 361.

Individual Results – 1. Paige Holub (MON) 20:30.28; 2. Hallie Kephart (MAR) 21:11.31; 3. Kiersten Conway (SOL) 21:12.72; 4. Emma Duncan (ANA) 21:15.95; 5. Aubrey Frey (MVL) 21:16.72; 6. Taylor McDonald (MON) 21:29.83; 7. McKenzie Logan (ICL) 21:30.44; 8. Corrina Dittmer (MAR) 21:31.74; 9. Jordyn Patterson (MON) 21:46.15; 10. Gabrielle Steiner (MON) 21:48.96.

Solon – 3. Kiersten Conway 21:12.72; 22. Erin Kerkhoff 22:57.09; 23. Sophie Nicol 22:57.72; 24. Ella Duster 23:11.08; 26. Nicole Shafer 23:17.48; 47. Piper Radcliffe 24:22.23; 52. Saige Hauer 24:34.6.

Regina – 20. Mary Crompton 22:52.77; 30. Molly Vittetoe 23:47.21; 42. Anna Stimmel 24:11.86; 46. Nourah Abusada 24:17.73; 48. Lauren Gaarde 24:23.55; 49. Kennedy Scott 24:24.99; 51. Natalie Sueppel 24:29.17.

Liberty High – 7. McKenzie Logan 21:30.44; 14. Camille Mac 22:28.96; 65. Avery Clark 27:32.32; 76. Emma Hansen 30:11.22; 77. Samantha Schildroth 31:29.47; 78. Tessa Miller 31:36.29.

Clear Creek Amana – 12. Kaylie Barker 21:55.7; 59. Madeline Fox 25:29; 60. Olivia Fairholm 25:31.89; 64. Ally Loren 26:59.16; 66. Alexis Ponce 27:39.8; 67. Ellen Austin 27:44.33; 70. Lauren Lasswell 28:14.28.