Competition fuels GC/G-R cross country (PHOTOS)

Jake Ryder

MARSHALLTOWN – Whether it’s the runners from the bigger schools or a teammate, Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck cross country was driven to compete at Thursday’s Marshalltown Early Bird race.
The GC/G-R boys were fifth out of eight teams and the girls placed seventh at the course on the campus of Marshalltown Community College.
Sam Schildroth was the top finisher for the boys, finishing in 14th place in 18:26, a few seconds ahead of teammate Kenny Day, 17th in a time of 18:30.
Day was faster than Schildroth last season. Schildroth, a senior, got out ahead and wanted to make sure he stayed ahead of his teammate.
“I wouldn’t have wanted him to catch me at the end and waste all of my running through the race,” Schildroth said. “Beating him was an accomplishment for me.”
That competition helped GC/G-R beat out Waterloo, Marshalltown and South Tama in the team standings, 20 points shy of Webster City in fourth place. Southeast Polk won the meet with 31 points.
Paul Brockett was 26th in 19:19, Ethan Sadler finished 32nd in 19:34 and Soren Cleveland was 42nd in 20:10 as GC/G-R’s top five on Thursday.
Taylor Stahl was the top finisher for the GC/G-R girls, running 13th in 22:12. Bella Dole followed with a 36th-place finish in 26:13 and freshman Abbie Lindeman was 37th in 26:23. Paiton Wallis ran 43rd in 27:27 and Emma Beck was 45th in 27:57 to close out the scoring runners for GC/G-R.
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