Sioux City North's Merga Gemeda finishes fifth at state cross country meet

Sioux City North's Merga Germeda, left, placed fifth in Class 4-A at the state cross country meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday.

FORT DODGE – Sioux City North’s Merga Gemeda ran the race he wanted on his way to a fifth-place finish at the Class 4-A state meet Saturday at Fort Dodge.

Ranked No. 5 in 4-A, Gemeda was aiming for a top-5 finish and looked to have a shot at winning before the top runners began to separate themselves.

“When they started separating I was trying and close the gap,” the senior said. “But I couldn’t do anything. I tried to keep up the pace but I was just running my race and trying to be as fast as I could.”

Gemeda’s teammate, junior Deven Pace, finished 53rd and freshman Jaysen Bouwers came in 74th, while the Sioux City North team finished 13th with 197 points. Sioux City East sophomore Olivia Barnes was 119th and senior Lauren Van Dyke finished 121st.

Boys team results: Pleasant Valley 61, Dubuque Hempstead 106, West Des Moines Dowling 106, Johnston 140, CR Prairie 148, West Des Moines Valley 157, Linn-Mar 195, Dubuque Senior 236, CR Kennedy 241, Iowa City West 243, CR Washington 244, Ankeny 283, Sioux City North 297, Waukee 338, Ames 338.

Individual top 15

1, Tim Sindt, Ankeny, 15:23; 2, Matthew Carmody, WDM Dowling, 15:24; 3, Camden Cox, Ankeny Centennial, 15:36; 4, Konnor Sommer, Pleasant Valley, 15:42; 5, Merga Gemeda, Sioux City North, 15:47; 6, Addison Kalb, Dubuque Hempstead, 15:47; 7, Habibu Moise Habineza, WDM Dowling, 15:52; 8, Ben Hermiston, Dubuque Hempstead, 15:53; 9, Max Locher, CR Washington, 15:54; 10, Payton Marrs, Urbandale, 15:54; 11, Anthony Pena, Pleasant Valley, 15:55; 12, Tom Altier, Johnston, 15:56; 13, Gavin Smith, Pleasant Valley, 16:01; 14, Will Ode, WDM Dowling, 16:02; 15, Sam Schmitz, Johnston, 16:04.

Other western Iowa: 53, Deven Pace, Sioux City North, 16:45; 74, Jaysen Bouwers, Sioux City North, 17:00.


Individual top 15

1, Paige Horner, Johnston, 18:04; 2, Bailey Nock, Iowa City West, 18:19; 3, Jessica McKee, Johnston, 18:31; 4, Brooke McKee, Johnston, 18:44; 5, Kylie Latham, Ottumwa, 18:48; 6, Helen Gould, WDM Valley; 7, Laurdyn Meyer, CR Prairie, 18:50; 8, Reagan Gorman, CR Washington, 18:51; 10, Lilly Geelan, Linn-Mar, 18:53; 11, Mia Rampton, Dubuque Senior, 18:57; 12, Sydney Schaffer, Waukee, 19:06; 13, Trinity Borland, Bettendorf, 19:09; 14, Mackenzie Michael, Cedar Falls, 19:09; 15, Hannah Brown, DH, 19:10.

Team scores: Johnston 74, Dubuque Senior 118, Waukee 154, IC West 168, Urbandale 191, Linn-Mar 198, DM Roosevelt 203, Cedar Falls 207, Pleasant Valley 220, Iowa City 222, Dowling 228, Ankeny Centennial 242, Ottumwa 255, Southeast Polk 308.

Other western Iowa: 119, Olivia Barnes, SCE, 21:37; 121, Lauren VanDyke, SCE, 21:55.

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