MVLXC working to excel
October 11, 2013 · Crystal Eskelsen
Both Mount Vernon-Lisbon cross country teams are included in the Class 3A rankings at the final week of the regular season approaches.
The Mustang girls are ranked No. 7, with junior Kendra Schmidt currently ranked No. 17 in 3A.
The Mount Vernon-Lisbon boys are ranked No. 11 in Class 3A and continue to run well as a pack.
The Mount Vernon-Lisbon girls finished sixth at the Iowa City West Invitational Tuesday, Oct. 1, with a team score of 143. Class 4A, No. 4 Cedar Rapids Kennedy won the meet with 57.
The competition at the West Invite is always tough and this year was no different. The teams that finished ahead of the Mustangs included Kennedy, Class 3A, No. 1 Davenport Assumption, Class 4A, No. 7 Iowa City West, Class 4A, No. 9 Muscatine and Class 4A, No. 15 Bettendorf.
Mount Vernon-Lisbon edged out ranked teams from Cedar Rapids Xavier (Class 3A, No. 8), Regina (Class 2A, No. 6), and Pekin (Class 1A, No. 2).
The Mustangs were led by Schmidt, who finished 12th with a time of 15:37.36.
"Kendra keeps improving every meet," said Sue Deibner, Mount Vernon-Lisbon coach. "Immediately following the race she barely looks winded. I love it."
The Mustang boys were eighth at Iowa City West with 214 points. Class 4A, No. 2 Cedar Rapids Prairie won the meet with 46.
The boys' side of the West Invitational also includes several top teams - the champions Cedar Rapids Prairie and Iowa City West (Class 4A, No. 9), Cedar Rapids Xavier (3A, No. 5), and Iowa City Regina (2A, No. 11).
Mount Vernon-Lisbon was led by Reid Smock, who finished 35th with a time of 17:55.29. Less than a minute later the Mustangs' fifth runner, Nolan Teubel, crossed the finish line, putting all of their scoring runners within a minute of each other.
"Our pack running has really been the key to our success thus far," said Kory Swart, Mount Vernon-Lisbon coach. "When one of the boys doesn't have their best race, another runner has stepped up, which has been great."
The Mustangs have a week off of competition to prepare for the WaMaC Conference meet at Center Point-Urbana on Thursday, Oct. 17.
Mount Vernon-Lisbon at
Iowa City West
Teams: 1.Cedar Rapids Prairie 46, 2.Iowa City West 71, 3.Bettendorf 84, 4.Davenport Central 102, 5.Muscatine 123, 6.Xavier 145, 7.Cedar Rapids Kennedy 200, 8.Mount Vernon-Lisbon 214, 9.CR Washington 233, 10.Davenport North 268, 11.Iowa City Regina 278, 12.Marshalltown 281, 13.Pekin 365.
Top 10 finishers: 1.Pritts CRP 16:07.51, 2.Tope DC 16:14.04, 3.Gardarsson ICW 16:21.08, 4.Vlasek CRP 16:26.14, 5.Vandraska CRP 16:45.50, 6.Luedtke MUS 16:45.86, 7.Moore CRP 16:57.52, 8.Eck CRW 16:59.52, 9.Cooley BET 17:00.15, 10.Henson BET 17:08.09.
MV-L finishes: Smock 35th 17:55.29, Gilbert 40th 18:09.66, McLaughlin 41st 18:11.18, Young 46th 18:25.83, Teubel 52nd 18:45.48, Dolan 58th 18:58.94, Leopold 84th 20:20.05
Teams:1.Cedar Rapids Kennedy 57, 2.Davenport Assumption 85, 3.Iowa City West 98, 4.Muscatine 115, 5.Bettendorf 142, 6.Mount Vernon-Lisbon 143, 7.Xavier 188, 8.Iowa City Regina 197, 9.Marshalltown 221, 10.Pekin 232, 11.CR Washington 238, 12.Davenport North 388.
Top 10 finishers: 1.Yokom ICW 14:23.46, 2.Ripslinger DA 14:49.94, 3.Averhoff CRK 14:51.62, 4.Kraft MUS 14:54.51, 5.Gorman CRW 15:01.67, 6.Skopec ICW 15:10.27, 7.Culver CRK 15:16.43, 8.Kammerer ICR 15:20.87, 9.King DA 15:22.70, 10.Meyer CRK 15:24.42.
MV-L finishes: Schmidt 12th 15:37.36, Anton 28th 16:08.43, Corkin 29th 16:09.16, Jeppson 32nd 16:12.41, Thornton 42nd 16:19.58, Conroy 50th 16:35.45, Frey 51st 16:35.81