At the Luther All-American Invitational, Claire Edmondson of Dubuque Senior clocked a huge 5K PR running 19:03 to win the meet. This was her personal best by over a minute in only her second season of running high school cross country, and was 1:43 faster than what she ran at the same meet last year as a sophomore.
Her time puts her at 15th overall in our individual rankings and 4th in Class 4A. Edmondson led her team to victory at Luther with a team score of 63 points. The team was rounded out by Lily Schmidt in 4th (19:31), Isabelle Gorton in 7th (19:59), Ashley Donovan in 11th (20:07), and Kate Miron in 44th (21:28) with an average team time of 20:00 and a split of 2:14. Edmondson's win is also impressive considering she beat Crestwood's Cassidy Ihns who is ranked 4th overall after running 18:11 at the Newman Catholic Invitational.
On the boys' side, Prairie High School came in strong with Jack Pendergast winning in 16:19 followed by teammate Colton Lagrange in 16:39. Their scoring was rounded out by Hunter Kalous in 14th (17:36), McKade Adams in 17th (17:41), and Ryan Neubauer in 23rd (17:49). They finished with a great team score of 54 points, a 17:14 average, and a split of 1:30. Pendergast's time puts him 14th in our overall individual rankings and 5th for Class 4A.
Overall, it's hard to compare this meet with the stacked Bobcat XC Invitational from Thursday, but it is clear that both teams are keeping their eyes up and these individuals are definitely ones to keep tabs on for All-State positions this season!