A Refreshing Morning Race: Pella Takes on Grinnell
The Grinnell staff deserves commendation for their innovative planning, which allows this race to kick off without the typical midday heat challenges. This marks Pella’s debut in a weekday morning cross country race, and they are excited to give it a go.
Runners to Watch:
Pella’s girls are in the limelight following their triumphant run at the 2022 Grinnell invitational. The stellar trio comprises 3A #24 Raegan Snieder (11 – Pella), 3A #1 Marissa Ferebee (10 – Pella), and 3A #11 Autumn Blink (12 – Pella). Also joining them is last week’s Pella Invitational runner-up, Ruth Dunham. Notably, six of Pella’s girls finished under the 21-minute mark, and they are all poised to showcase an even better performance on Grinnell’s speedy course.
Other Notable Runners:
- Jaida Lyons, 12 – Benton (#25)
- Zada Buchholtz, 12 – Williamsburg (#6)
- Maelyn Parsons, 11 – Williamsburg (#20)
- Analise DeWitt, 10 – Williamsburg (#24)
Seeking Redemption at the Dutch Invitational
Last year’s Grinnell Invitational was a defining moment for the boys’ team, especially with Chase Lauman, a 2023 graduate, making history by setting a course record with a staggering 15:58. As impressive as that feat was, the pertinent question looms: Will this record endure for a full year?
All eyes are on 3A #2 Canaan Dunham, who recently showcased an impeccable performance, completing a challenging Pella course in 15:47. Given such prowess, Lauman’s record might be on borrowed time this coming Tuesday morning. Dunham isn’t the only spotlight, though. He’s flanked by his formidable ranked teammates: 3A #4 Nathan Vander Waal, #23 Devon Browne, and #25 Noah Schuknecht.
However, South Tama’s gem, Tommy Tyynismaa, is poised to be the potential rain on their parade. After clinching the runner-up position last year, Tyynismaa is undoubtedly eyeing the top spot, and with it, the opportunity to not just set a fantastic time, but also deliver a possible upset victory.
Other Runners to Keep an Eye On:
- #27 Wes Hulseberg 12 Williamsburg
Encourage family, friends, and fans to come out and support:
- Wear your Dutch Green!
- Bring your best positive cheer voice and cheer on the Dutch….by name if you know it!