Rested and refueled, North Linn’s Meghan Wheatley is at her best ever

Meghan Wheatley, North Linn

TROY MILLS — Cross nation runners discuss summer season miles.

Meghan Wheatley opted for summer season relaxation.

A balky hamstring was the explanation. A dynamite senior season has been the reward.

“The primary time I ran all summer season was 4 days earlier than camp (in August). That first day, I ran three miles in 20 minutes. That actually shook off the nerves,” she mentioned.

“Not operating over the summer season, it fueled my need to carry out higher than I ever have earlier than.”

The highest-ranked woman in Class 1A, Wheatley rolled to the title on the North Linn Invitational, constructing a 43-second cushion and ending in 18:27 Saturday morning.

“I’ve been PR’ing at each meet, so not doing it at the moment sort of sucks,” Wheatley mentioned.

However, this was a career-best on this course, wasn’t it?

“Properly, yeah,” Wheatley nodded.

Wheatley has endured greater than her share of highs and lows. The bottom got here the spring of her freshman yr, when she dealt an consuming dysfunction known as Avoidance Restrictive Meals Consumption Dysfunction, which resulted in her weight plummeting to 72 kilos.

Then got here the hamstring damage final spring. Now, she is at her finest ever.

The subsequent 5 finishers consisted of a freshman (Lauren Krogmann of Starmont-West Central was second, in 19:10) and 4 sophomores.

Solon was the category of the ladies’ subject, with 45 factors. Marion was second with 81, adopted by Tipton (86).

Sydney Dee (seventh) and Anna Quillin (eighth) led the Spartans’ cost.

Micah Rees, Washington

Micah Rees didn’t take into account himself an early-morning runner, or a cold-weather ace, however the senior from Washington (Iowa) tackled each components Saturday.

“I didn’t understand how (I’d fare) at the moment,” he mentioned. “I felt quick, undoubtedly. I feel the chilly numbed my legs, and with all the turns, this course didn’t really feel too lengthy.”

Rees set a brand new private finest by 17 seconds, in 15:28. He had a snug lead by the race’s midpoint, and received by greater than a half-minute.

Brick Kabela of Solon was the runner-up, in 15:59.

Rees led Washington to the boys’ group title; the Demons tallied 64 factors; Solon was second with 79.

“I feel 4 of our high 5 ran PR’s at the moment,” Rees mentioned. “Final yr, this was the meet that knocked us out of the rankings. I feel at the moment would be the reverse, it’s going to assist us.”

Tyler Alderton, Andrew Rees and Lane Schrock ran ninth, tenth and 14th for the Demons.


Women outcomes


1. Solon 45, 2. Marion 81, 3. Tipton 86, 4. Washington (Iowa) 114, 5. Williamsburg 117, 6. Iowa Metropolis Regina 184, 7. North Linn 189, 8. Hudson 231, 9. Cascade 253, 10. Grundy Middle 264, 11. Vinton-Shellsburg 295, 12. Edgewood-Colesburg 301, 13. Alburnett 328.


1. Meghan Wheatley (NL), 18:27; 2. Lauren Krogmann (Starmont-West Central), 19:10; 3. Hallie Kelchen (Casc), 19:22; 4. Iris Dahl (Wash), 19:25; 5. Addison Dabroski (Marion), 19:37; 6. Taryn Burbridge (Maquoketa Valley), 19:52; 7. Sydney Dee (Solon), 19:58; 8. Anna Quillin (Solon), 19:59; 9. Alivia Edens (Tipton), 20:01; 10. Laura Owen (Tipton), 20:26.

Boys’ outcomes


1. Washington (Iowa) 64, 2. Solon 79, 3. Williamsburg 129, 4. Grundy Middle 132, 5. Vinton-Shellsburg 136, 6. Marion 158, 7. Iowa Metropolis Regina 170, 8. Tipton 172, 9. Maquoketa Valley 207, 10. Benton Neighborhood 280, 11. North Linn 342, 12. Alburnett 356, 13. Starmont-West Central 359, 14. Cascade 379, 15. Hudson 389, 16. Independence 407, 17. Clayton Ridge 438.


1. Micah Rees (Wash), 15:28; 2. Brick Kabela (Solon), 15:59; 3. Emerson Vokes (GC), 16:06; 4. Matthew Schaul (MaqV), 16:07; 5. Clay Bohlmann (Tipton), 16:16; 6. Ales Torres (V-S), 16:18; 7. Cooper Prepare dinner (Marion), 16:22; 8. Kaden Lynch (GC), 16:33; 9. Tyler Alderton (Wash), 16:39; 10. Andrew Rees (Wash), 16:45.

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