Warrior Dash: Bombers Edge Pella For Norwalk Title

Warrior Dash: Bombers Edge Pella For Norwalk Title

The women's cross country team battled rainy weather and slick and muddy terrain to win the Norwalk Invitational on Monday at McAninch Sports Complex in Norwalk.  The Bombers scored 53 team points and edged out Pella who finished second with 54 points.  Throughout the event, runners were struggling with the conditions slipping on the course, running through mud puddles, and grinding through the unfavorable conditions.  Ellie Twedt won the meet finishing in a time of 19:20 followed by Caitlin Maher who finished sixth in a time of 20:23.  Freshman Meg Rietz and Brooke Loewe finished 13th and 14th finishing in a time of 20:28 and 20:35.  Josie Fleischmann (19th - 20:49), Rachel Wohlgemuth (20th - 20:49), and Hailey Cole (22nd - 21:02) rounded out the Bomber's scoring.  This is the fifth straight meet win for the Bombers.

Comments From Head Coach Scott Barth:

"The #3 women ran a pretty good race tonight.  I wouldn't say it was our best outing of the season, but we did run well enough to eek out a victory over a very balanced #4 Pella.  So you really can't find a lot to fault in that.  Ellie Twedt continued her streak of meet victories to 3 in a row with a great time of 19:20.  Caitlin Maher ran well and finished 6th overall.  She was followed by Meg Rietz (13th), Brooke Loewe (14th), Josie Fleischmann (19th), Rachel Wohlgemuth (20th) and Hailey Cole (22nd) overall.  It was nice seeing Hailey back on the course tonight.  She sat out last meet to rest sore shins.  She ran well coming off the week off.  Abbey Ross continues to make a push for a varsity spot with an impressive win in the JV race."

"Our scorer's time gap was pretty good - standing at only 1 minute and 28 seconds.  That is improving consistently and that is good to see with both conference and regional meets just around the corner.  The freshmen (Rietz and Loewe) are leading the charge with this and they have great potential to cut into that gap even further.  It's nice knowing that we have more space for improvement and we will continue to work to keep improving.  Our girls are talented and a victory tonight over perennial state power, Pella, helps build our confidence.  These girls push each other in practice and in meets.  The more we push now, the better we will be at the end of the month."

The Bombers are back in action on Thursday, October 4 when they compete at the Saydel Invitational.  The meet will feature the middle school, junior varsity, and varsity and will start at 4:00 PM with the middle school.

NORWALK INVITATIONAL TEAM SCORES

1. Ballard, 53

2. Pella, 54

3. Grinnell, 78

4. Norwalk, 99

5. Newton, 128

6. Winterset, 146

7. Marshalltown, 181

8. Bondurant-Farrar, 227

9. PCM, 227

NORWALK INVITATIONAL INDIVIDUAL TIMES

1 Ellie Twedt 19:20

6 Caitlin Maher 20:03

13 Meg Rietz 20:28

14 Brooke Lowe 20:35

19 Josie Fleischmann 20:49

20 Rachel Wohlgemuth 20:49

22 Hailey Cole 21:02