Jesup girls’ XC finishes first again
After rain and storms had canceled their meet earlier in the week, the Jesup cross country team was granted some reprieve from mother nature so they could travel to Eldora to compete in the Pine Lake Run on Aug. 30.

“Our runners maintain a love/hate relationship with this course,” said coach Nick Green. The course is set inside the scenic Pine Lake State Park and provides competition from both the east and west side of the NICL Conference, but the team hasn’t enjoyed the numerous hills, which are affectionately named “Jaws.”

“They have been known to swallow up even the most prepared runners,” Green said.

Despite the course challenges, the team had some victories. The varsity girls, who were recently ranked #12 in the state, finished first for the second meet in a row. Amanda Treptow was the first J-Hawk to cross the finish line with her 4th place finish at 22:14, a course best for her. Emily Treptow finished just six seconds after for her 5th place finish. Natalie O’Connor was 7th at 22:49 (her course best), Grace Thompson was 14th at 23:56 (her course best), Mara Moore was 22nd at 24:22, Marlee Devore was 23rd at 24:22, and Alexis Vanderwerf was 33rd with 25:24 (her course best).

The varsity boys beat three of conference teams for a sixth place win. Brady Wilson was the top runner for Jesup with a finish at 17th and a time of 20:03, his course best. The rest of the team also ran their bests time in the hilly course and finished just shy one minute of Wilson. Zach Tovar ran 20:03 for a 19th place finish followed by Logan Zuck at 20:44 for 25th, Jared Thoma at 21:05 for 29th, Kile Rottinghaus at 21:06 for 31st, Heath Wyant at 21:12 for 34th, and Cade Nolan at 21:13 for 35th.
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