Goals were met and medals were won by the Nebraska City girls’ and boys’ cross country teams at the Clarinda Invite on Tuesday.
James Kearney had the top effort by running 19:05 to earn the ninth place medal to lead the Nebraska City boys’ team to a seventh place finish. Coach Ron Schaulis said the run by Kearney represented an outstanding effort in a tough field of runners.
Chloe Schaulis was the top runner on the girls’ side. She ran 19th in 23:26 and was praised by the coach for handling both the wind conditions and the difficulty level of the course. As a team, the Pioneer girls were fifth. Coach Schaulis said that is the best finish that the Pioneers have had at the Clarinda meet in many years.
Overall, Coach Schaulis said all of the Pioneer runners did a good job of meeting and surpassing pre-meet goals.
“Our very young teams continue to improve weekly and work ethic at practice has been outstanding with our seniors being great leaders,” said Coach Schaulis.
Other runners and times for the girls’ side were Brianna Fulton 28th in 24:02; Abbie Heiser, 33rd in 24:37; Jessinia Hincapie, 40th in 25:12; Amanda Anderson, 47th in 25:40; Ellie Higgins, 64th in 26:14; Bethany Ramage, 66th in 27:15; Erica Ramage, 28:13; Lilly Frields, 28:16; Karlie Olsen, 29:09; Katherine Luther, 29:14; Aubrey Thurman, 30:21; Aspen Thurman, 33:57; Makensi Blum, 34:47; and Mya Blum, 35:02.
Other runners and times for the boys’ side were  Jack Vlahos, 39th in 21:14; Jesse Rodriguez, 43rd in 21:28, Christian Tietz, 23:58; Mason Hamilton, 24:03; Colton Clark, 24:18; Bo Eacret, 24:52; Dylan Holman, 25:32; and Josh Stidd, 26:07.
Middle school runners and times are Alex Rico, 13th in 12:57; Eli Davis, 15th, 13:08; Ethan Graves, 17th in 13:17; Lucas Boettcher, 14:04; Lucas Nielsen, 14:05; and Reese Eaton, 19:20.
Coach Schaulis said the middle school athletes had a good day in running 1.8 miles at Clarinda Invite.