HAWARDEN - Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn junior Jay Welp ran his third strong race in a six-day period as he placed second in the War Eagle Conference Meet here on Monday. Welp earned All-Conference honors as he battled Unity Christian's Chris Postma, a top-5 state - ranked throughout the 5k course. The Unity senior won the event in a time of 16:46.63 and Welp ran a time of 17:10.56 to earn second place. Third place went to South O'Brien's Cole Pleggenkuhle, with a time of 17:35. 55. His Wolverine teammate Nate Struve placed sixth, in 18:08.91.
Battling for the lead -
MMC's Jay Welp (left) finished second to Unity Christian's Chris Postma (right) at Monday's War Eagle Conference meet in Hawarden. photo contributed.
Also running for the MMC boys were sophomore Jacob Pearson, who finished 33rd with a time of 21:35, and seniors Tyrel Godberson (45th, 29:14) and Justin Cave (46th, 29:15).
The Lady Eagles placed 7th of 12 schools competing in the girls' team standings, led by sophomore Anna Wilcox' 23rd-place time of 18:41. Also running for MMC were juniors Kelsey Sears and Kelsey Brady, freshman Alissa McDermott, and sophomores Jeri Welp and Christina Wilkens. Sophomores Casey Wurth and Jill Addison also ran in the JV division.
Third place -
South O'Brien's Cole Pleggenkuhle. pictured here, took third place at the WEC Meet in Hawarden on Monday. Photo contributed.
MMC coach Ric Collins said, "The W.E.C. is always strong and will have many state qualifiers." The veteran coach went on to say that this was the largest W.E.C. meet yet,with the addition of new conference members Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Remsen Union. He added that though the temperature at race time was only 34 degrees Monday, MMC runners still posted some very good times. It is only ten days until the 1A District Meet at Holstein, and MMC will run at South O'Brien prior to the District Meet, on Monday Oct. 21.