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Liberty XC finds success at West High’s Early Bird

Keeney and Montover win for the Lightning

IOWA CITY– Liberty High’s cross country squads started the 2018 season Thursday, Aug. 23, at Iowa City West High’s Early Bird Invitational, held at the University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course.
Liberty Freshman Ashlyn Keeney defeated West High’s Deniz Ince by 38 seconds to win the varsity girls race. Keeney won in 18:12.4 to senior Ince’s 18:51.3. Camille Mac and McKenzie Logan, Liberty’s returning varsity starters from last year, were third and fourth respectively in 19:23.8 and 19:54.6. West High won the meet, followed by Pleasant Valley and the Bolts.
The Lightning’s Christian Montover won the junior varsity (JV) boys race in 19:30.4 with the team placing third in team points, behind Bettendorf and North Scott.
Sophia Faga led the Liberty JV girls with her 43rd place finish in 25:44.2. West High won the meet with Pleasant Valley, taking the team runner-up spot, while the Bolts placed sixth in the eight-team field.
Ethan Keeney led the varsity boys with an 11th place finish in 18:14.4 as Liberty placed third behind Champion Bettendorf and runner-up North Scott.
Liberty runs Thursday, Aug. 30, in Iowa City Regina’s invitational at the Kickers Soccer Complex, 4400 Soccer Park Rd. in Iowa City, starting at 5 p.m. The Bolts travel to Noelridge Park, in Cedar Rapids, Thursday, Sept. 6, for Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s meet starting at 4:35 p.m.

Results as posted by Kauder Racing
JV boys
Team standings: 1, Bettendorf. 2, North Scott. 3, Liberty High. 4, Columbus.
Liberty High individual results: 1, Christian Montover, 19:30.4. 11, Jordan Robinson, 20:25.8. 17, Ethan Benedict, 21:22.0. 21, Luke Thompson, 21:48.8. 27, Connor Ahrens, 22:24.1. 29, Sam Ross, 22:28.9. 34, Eric Colony, 22:54.2. 36, Gavin Hayes, 22:59.8. 37, Ben Nielsen, 23:01.4. 39, Gavin Forbes, 23:06.5. 44, Andrew Cargin, 23:48.4. 45, Ethan Long, 23:48.8. 47, Luke Prelle, 24:05.9. 54, Milo Savage-Webster, 24:30.4. 55, Carter Gage, 24:35.3.
JV girls
Team standings: 1, Iowa City West. 2, Pleasant Valley. 3, Bettendorf. 4, North Scott. 5, Davenport Assumption. 6, Liberty High. 7, Columbus. 8, Sigourney.
Liberty High individual results: 43, Sophia Faga, 25:44.2. 45, Carly Sulwer, 25:45.6. 56, Avery Clark, 26:20.5. 73, Samantha Schildroth, 27:12.9. 90, Jessica Kusick, 28:13.2. 98, Grace Ceynar, 28:45.9. 109, Sophia Doorn, 29:37.8. 118, Tessa Miller, 30:09.9. 144, Chloe Lybeck, 33:53.4.
Varsity Boys
Team standings: 1, Bettendorf. 2, North Scott. 3, Liberty High. 4, Davenport Assumption. 5, Sigourney.
Liberty High individual results: 11, Ethan Keeney, 18:14.4. 12, Jack Kinzer, 18:26.0. 18, Peter Woodward, 19:06.6. 19, Henry Krain, 19:07.0. 21, Caleb Schillinger, 19:19.7. 23, Dylan Schmidt, 19:41.2. 24, Spencer Knight, 19:45.8. 27, Jack Abel, 20:15.0. 30, Logan Nelson, 20:32.6.
Varsity Girls
Team standings: 1, Iowa City West. 2, Pleasant Valley. 3, Liberty High. 4, North Scott. 5, Bettendorf. 6, Davenport Assumption.
Liberty High individual results: 1, Ashlyn Keeney, 18:12.4. 3, Camille Mac, 19:23.8. 4, McKenzie Logan, 19:54.6. 29, Elizabeth Jaeger, 22:15.5. 42, Isabelle Woody, 23:48.1. 44, Chaise Lange, 23:58.5. 52, Lily Nicknish, 25:22.1.