Kee girls win North Fayette Valley meet by claiming half of meet’s top-10 including another Brennan, Meyer top-end sweep; Kee boys finish fifth


Stride for stride ... Kee girls cross country senior Makayla Walleser battles stride for stride with this MFL/MarMac runner at the North Fayette Valley Invitational Thursday, September 6 at West Union. Walleser finished 17th overall in a time of 24:07.42. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Holds him off ... Kee boys cross country senior Ryan Whalen races toward the finish line with this determined Postville runner on his trail at the North Fayette Valley Invitational held Thursday, September 6 at West Union. Whalen was able to hold off the Pirate challenger by just over half a second, finishing 45th overall in a time of 23:07.32. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Kee cross country teams finally returned to the race course after more than two weeks idle from competition, with the Lady Hawks returning right to the top of their team race and the Hawk boys placing fifth in their first team-scored race of the season at North Fayette Valley Thursday, September 6. The Hawks sat completely idle two weeks ago when the August 28 Oelwein Invitational and August 30 Charles City meet addition were both canceled due to weather, and then had the Tuesday, September 4 Clayton Ridge Invitational also canceled before finally being able to compete at North Fayette Valley.

“It was a tough course with some muddy spots,” Kee cross country coach Pat Wagner said. “All in all, I am pleased with how we ran. Several runners improved their time from our first meet. It was just good to get out and compete, we really needed that. Several good performances with five girls and one guy earning medals. For the varsity boys, Michael Mattson and Daniel Wagner showed big improvement.”

Five girls finishing in the top-10 individuals headlined the Kee cross country girls’ rise to the top of the MFL/MarMac Invitational final team scoring. That top-end domination helped the Hawks compile just 22 team points, more than 40 points in front of the remaining field.

GIRLS TEAM SCORES
KEE 22; Starmont 65; North Fayette Valley 88; Central Elkader 103; MFL/MarMac 107; Clayton Ridge 116; Postville 214

The Kee cross country boys were paced by one medal-winning finish in claiming fifth place out of eight teams at MFL/MarMac. The Hawks posted their first team score of the season, compiling 130 team points.

BOYS TEAM SCORES
North Fayette Valley 36; Starmont 62; Oelwein 87; Central Elkader 94; KEE 130; MFL/MarMac 172; Postville 173; Clayton Ridge 183

The Hawks were next scheduled to pull double duty this week, competing at the Starmont Invitational Tuesday, September 11 and then at the Central Elkader Invitational Thursday, September 13. Kee will then compete at the Waukon Invitational Tuesday, September 18.

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