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IOWA CITY – Rowan Boulter didn’t get the exact outcome she was hoping for at the Bud Williams Invitational.
The City High junior was seeking a slightly better finish and a little lower of a time at the Little Hawks’ home meet on Thursday.
Yet after having the pause button pushed on the season for three weeks Boulter wasn’t about to be anything but excited about returning to action.
Boulter placed sixth in a time of 20:11.56 on Thursday as City High finished third at its own Invitational on Thursday in its second live meet of the season and first in more than a month.
“It wasn’t what I wanted, I was hoping for a higher place, I don’t know my exact time but I wanted it to be faster but today I was just so happy to be out here,” Boulter said. “At the beginning of the season we didn’t know if we’d have any meets the fact that we’ve had meets and we are running today and we are already talking about the championship season is so exciting.”
City High hadn’t competed since September 1 when it opened the season at the Hillcrest Academy Invitational.
The Little Hawks hadn’t practiced officially as a team since September 7 when an all-online start to the school year enacted a state-ordered pause on all activities.
Considering the circumstances Boulter wasn’t bothered by her sixth-place finish.
“This is our first official race in a month so it’s been tough having all the adrenaline and the competition because that’s the best way to get better during the season,” Boulter said. “It was tough not having that but we are back and we are so excited to race. This isn’t exactly what we wanted today but we are all happy to be back.”
Class 4A No. 12 Dubuque Senior had the top two finishers in individual champion Lillian Schmidt and runner-up Izzy Gorton and put two more runners in the top ten while rolling to the team title with 27 points.
Pleasant Valley was second with 65 while City High was third with 71.
“I think we competed fairly hard,” City High coach Ryan Ahlers said. “We understood what it was going to take to win this team race and our coaching staff believes that as we progress through racing a little bit more it will come to us and that feeling of what it’s like to be in the middle of a 5K we will embrace that.”
Iris Wedemeyer joined Boulter in the top 10 placing 10th in a time of 20:44.34. Lucy Corbin was 15th for the Little Hawks in 21:02.21 while Lilly Reynolds was 17th in a time of 21:16.06.
“We are just so happy to be back racing and competing,” Ahlers said. “You train for it and you want to do it and you want to compare yourself to times of old that you have run or other competitors but most importantly it’s just to get out and compete again and have that amazing feeling.”
Clear Creek Amana sophomore Haidyn Barker placed fourth in a time of 20:10.32 while teammate Kayla Jiras was 21st in 21:30.8 helping the Clippers to a fifth-place team finish with 131 points.
City High sophomore Ford Washburn and the Liberty High boys showed little rust in their return to the course on Thursday.
Washburn won the individual boys title in a time of 16:48.95 while the Lightning had four runners finish in the top 10 on its way to winning the team title by 12 points over City High.
Caleb Schillinger, Jack Kinzer, Christian Montover and Gavin Keeney all posted top-10 finishes for Liberty High as the Lightning finished with 39 points.
City High got a sixth-place finish from Truman Thompson on its way to a runner-up team showing with 51 points while Clear Creek Amana was third with 95.
Washburn pulled away from the pack to win the individual title by more than four seconds over Cedar Rapids Jefferson senior Lukas Lamparek in what quickly turned into a rainy and windy boys race.
Schillinger was third in 16:56.4 to pace a pack of four Liberty High runners in the top 10.
Kinzer was seventh in 17:13.7 followed by Montover in eighth in a time of 17:16.68 while Keeney was 10th in 17:20.41.
Clear Creek Amana got a fifth-place finish from Brandon Barker in 17:07.2 while Gavin Zillyette was ninth in 17:19.51.
Bud Williams Invitational
At Kickers Soccer Complex
Team scores – 1. Dubuque Senior 27; 2. Pleasant Valley 65; 3. City High 71; 4. Pekin 110; 5. Clear Creek Amana 131; 6. Ottumwa 143; 7. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 207
Individual leaders – 1. Lillian Schmidt (DS) 19:10.02; 2. Izzy Gorton (DS) 19:38.92; 3. Bell D’Antico (PV) 20:06.41; 4. Haidyn Barker (CCA) 20:10.32; 5. Lucia Nelson (DS) 20:10.49; 6. Rowan Boulter (ICH) 20:11.56; 7. Lizzie McVey (PV) 20:29.9; 8. Elyza Hoffman (DS) 20:31.33; 9. Lexi Minard (PV) 20:42.4; 10. Iris Wedemeyer (ICH) 20:44.34
City High (71) – 6. Rowan Boulter 20:11.56; 10. Iris Wedemeyer 20:44.34; 15. Lucy Corbin 21:02.21; 17. Lilly Reynolds 21:16.06; 24. Tatum Frazier 21:43.58; 25. Avery Schultes 21:44.82; 30. Eva Reynolds 22:07.68
Clear Creek Amana (131) – 4. Haidyn Barker 20:10.32; 21. Kayla Jiras 21:30.8; 36. Avery Allan 22:24.69; 37. Emily Coleman 22:39.72; 44. Allie Kounkel 23:32.27; 57. Ava Plathe 24:30.05; 58. Ava Oldman 24:35.75
Team scores – 1. Liberty High 39; 2. City High 51; 3. Clear Creek Amana 95; 4. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 118; 5. Pekin 132; 6. Dubuque Senior 138; 7. Ottumwa 169; 8. Durant 247
Individual leaders – 1. Ford Washburn (ICH) 16:48.95; 2. Lukas Lamparek (CRJ) 16:53.21; 3. Caleb Schillinger (ICL) 16:56.4; 4. Brady Millikin (PEK) 17:05; 5. Brandon Barker (CCA) 17:07.2; 6. Truman Thompson (ICH) 17:10.99; 7. Jack Kinzer (ICL) 17:13.7; 8. Christian Montover (ICL) 17:16.68; 9. Gavin Zillyette (CCA) 17:19.51; 10. Gavin Keeney (ICL) 17:20.41.
Liberty High (39) – 3. Caleb Schillinger 16:56.4; 7. Jack Kinzer 17:13.7; 8. Christian Montover 17:16.68; 10. Gavin Keeney 17:20.41; 11. Bowen Gryp 17:24; 12. Aidan Decker 17:25.24; 18. Logan Nelson 17:53.5
City High (51) – 1. Ford Washburn 16:48.95; 6. Truman Thompson 17:10.99; 13. Noah Carey 17:31.53; 15. Ammon Smith 17:41.73; 16. Parker Max 17:43.75; 23. Hayden Beerends 18:16.91; 24. Sam Schaefer 18:19.11
Clear Creek Amana (95) – 5. Brandon Barker 17:07.2; 9. Gavin Zillyette 17:19.51; 26. Peyton Stadler 18:21.16; 29. Cameron Kimm 18:26.37; 31. Noah Yost 18:32.18; 34. Jackson Schloss 18:42.05; 35. Tanner Tomas 18:46.42