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Kolby Greiner continued his winning streak at the Bobcat XC Invitational on Thursday by covering the Marshalltown course in a new course record of 15:23, another huge PR for the Iowa City West junior. Greiner, who first broke the 16-minute barrier just 5 days ago at the Spartan Invitational in 15:45 has won every meet he has competing in so far this season. The blazing time ranks him first in the state of Iowa so far this season, and is definitely a clear sign that he could easily improve on his 11th place finish from State last year. To take the win, Greiner had to hold off Dowling's Matthew Carmody and Ankeny's Tim Sindt.
Carmody fought hard to hold on to Greiner, finishing just 3-seconds behind in 15:26, leading his team to the win with 61 points over Pleasant Valley (74) and Valley (114). This meet was a clear indication that the Dowling boys are a force to be reckoned with after Pleasant Valley lost Nicholas Yanek. Carmody's time ranks him 2nd in the state of Iowa, only behind Greiner. Tim Sindt certainly had a great day after clocking yet another big PR. The Ankeny junior broke the 16-minute mark for the first time in August with a 15:58, but came out at Marshalltown to finish just behind Carmody in 15:31. This time ranks him 3rd in the state of Iowa so far this season, and is definitely a sign that he could easily improve on his 8th place finish from State last year.
The Dowling girls once again proved their strength with another team win lead by Elzerie Vandyke in 19:10. The Maroons finished in 4th, 9th (Timboe), 13th (Schweizer), 15th (Reichart), and 26th (Flood) with a 56-second split. Though their pack was split up this time, they still pulled out the win with 67 points over Dubuque Hempstead's 79. Hempstead's Hannah Brown took the individual win in 19:00, just 3-seconds behind Jessica McKee's time from the Johnston Invitational, ranking her 4th in the state so far this season. While Brown competed at Marshalltown and McKee competed at Camp Dodge, Bailey Nock and Micah Poellet ran blazing times at the Cedar Rapids Invite, making many fans wonder where they will all stand when racing face-to-face at Fort Dodge in October.