The Ballard cross-country teams competed at the Winterset Invitational September 7th at the Lakeview Country Club in Winterset. Individual runners only competed against other runners from their class at school. There were no official team results at the encounter. Unofficially, the ninth place (Class 3A) Ballard girls scored 51 points, finishing second behind 39 points from Dallas Center-Grimes No. 3. The Bomber boys achieved third place behind No. 3 with 105 points. 11 Adel-Desoto-Minburn (36) and Winterset (54). Here are the key takeaways from the meeting:
Ballard girls have six medalists
The Bomber Girls have crowned two champions. Paityn Noe was the fastest senior citizen with a 5-kilometer time of 19 minutes and seven seconds. Ava Vance took first place among the second runners with 20:52 minutes. Annika Larson arrived at 9:44 pm and came second among the newcomers. Kate Huisinga was fourth and Brooke Loewe sixth in the senior group with times of 21:42 and 22:04. Brynn Wilson finished sixth among the newbies with a time of 23:14. Ballard head coach Scott Barth thought his team was capable of reaching a higher level.
“The girls’ results tonight were a mixed bag for us,” said Barth. “Having junior Paityn Noe and Ava Vance back in their sophomore year was really nice as they both won their age groups. Paityn has been hampered by lower back pain for the past two weeks and has returned to our regulars Worked back training plan and her first meet today. She ran a conservative first mile today and then opened it up as she worked her way through miles two and three. Overall I’d say we had some decent performances tonight, but probably not as well as we did last week. I suspect the younger runners benefited last week from running with our more experienced runners as they helped them with pace and confidence. “
Bomberboys keep improving
According to Barth, the Ballard boys’ team has made a significant step forward.
“I think the guys put in a really good performance,” said Barth. “I see a lot of positive attitudes in our line-up of guys that will pay off as we hopefully improve as the season progresses.”
Seth Pencook, Zack Charter, and Chase Brekke were all medalists for the Bomber Boys. Pencook finished fifth in the junior class with the team’s fastest 5K time at 18:23. Charter finished fourth among the newbies at 19:54 and Brekke ran at 19:19 and came in sixth in the boys’ senior class. Junior Trent Payne (7:10 PM) and Senior Bradley Sage (7:52 PM) were the other runners among Ballard’s top five players that afternoon.