The Chariton boys cross country team did very well at the Iowa High School Boys Class 2A State Cross Country Meet at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge this past Friday, Oct. 28.
The Chariton boys placed 14th out of 15 teams in Class 2A boys with a total of 317 points. There were 132 boys running in Class 2A. It was this group of Chariton boys’ first time running together as a team at the State meet.
Junior Connor Dixson led Chariton by placing 62nd overall in 17:54.30. Senior Blane Wallace placed 72nd overall in 18:08.29. Wallace qualified for State individually as well as part of the overall Chariton team.
Junior David Crabb placed 91st overall in 18:26.44. Junior Bradley Hobbs placed 92nd overall in 18:28.23.
Freshman Brent Crabb placed 108th overall in 18:45.95. Junior Dreavin Shenefield placed 119th overall in 19:06.08. Sophomore Samuel Kerns placed 129th overall in 20:08.75.
Des Moines Christian won the Class 2A State Boys team standings with 75 points. Okoboji Milford was second with 99. Tipton was third with 120 and Waukon was fourth with 127. Oelwein was fifth with 138. Mediapolis was sixth with 191.
Pella Christian was seventh with 209. Denver was eighth with 224. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura was ninth with 226. Unity Christian Orange was 10th with 234.
Danville/New London was 11th with 245. Clarinda was 12th with 274. Mid-Prairie Wellman was 13th with 279. Chariton was 14th with 317. Forest City was 15th with 329.
“It was a great feeling to end the season competing at the state meet. The boys did an incredible job staying healthy this season and that helped lead them to running at state. Although we didn’t run our absolute best on Friday, the guys had a great experience that will set them up for success next season. Our seniors will be missed, but those that are returning are confident and motivated to continue to improve. A new standard has been set for this program and we will not settle for anything less,” Chariton Boys Head Coach Eli Horton said.