Aidan Gruver runs

Aidan Gruver runs in 10th on his first lap in the cross country state-qualifying meet Oct 24. Gruver placed 12 overall, qualifying for the state meet this Saturday. He is the first Easton Valley cross country runner to compete at state.

Easton Valley has its first cross country state runner in school history in sophomore Aidan Gruver. 

Gruver finished 12th in the state qualifying meet Thursday Oct. 24, at Iowa City Kickers Soccer Complex. The top 15 runners qualify for the state meet Nov. 2. 

Gruver has not been ranked in the top 30 all season even though he has defeated runners who ran in the state meet last year.

Gruver’s best time this season is 17:28 at the Bellevue golf course where he finished 7th. He finished 7th or better in all except the DeWitt meet, where he placed 31st in a field of 19 teams in all classes.  

Gruver said he thought he would finish in the top 15 in his final half mile.

“I thought the beginning part of the race going up the hill was the toughest part of the course,” Gruver said after the race. “The easiest part was in the back part of the race in the trees.” 

The state meet is Saturday at Fort Dodge. Class 1A boys run at 2:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony starting at 3. 

nBoys

Team scores — 1. Calamus-Wheatland 51; 2. Pekin 75; 3. Maquoketa Valley 87; 4. Iowa City Regina 136; 5. Cascade 169; 16. Easton Valley 412.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Chase Knoche (Calamus-Wheatland) 16:53.81; 2. Colten Glosser (Pekin) 17:20.29; 3. Brady Millikin (Pekin) 17:20.95; 4. Zach Hein (Wilton) 17:21.62; 5. Matt Hellige (Holy Trinity) 17:31.01

Easton Valley Individuals —12. Aidan Gruver 18:00.06; 41. Carter Jargo 19:13.54; 100. Austin Franzen 21:21.78; 144. Austin Weber 24:21.76; 145. Evan Meyer 24:40.04.

 

Solon Sports Complex Oct. 24

nBoys

Team scores — 1. Clear Creek-Amana 39; 2. Center Point-Urbana 44; 3. Grinnell 90; 4. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 97; 5. Solon 135

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Brandon Barker (Clear Creek-Amana) 16:20.8; 2. Luke Post (Center Point-Urbana 16:25.5; 3. Mason Bach (CPU) 16:27.0; 4. Eli Larson (CPU) 16:27.5; 5. Nick O’ Connor (CCA) 16:31.3 

Maquoketa Individuals — 78. Brady Caven 21:02.9; 79. Kaleb Flenker 21:19.1; 80. Ivan Martin 21:19.9

nGirls

Team scores — 1. Solon 68; 2. Center Point-Urbana 78; 3. Grinnell 81; 4. Davenport Assumption 87; 5. Mount Pleasant 98; 10 Maquoketa 301.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Adrianna Katcher (Center Point-Urbana) 18:46.6; 2. Abby Ryon (Mount Pleasant) 19:01.7 3. Mary Blanchard (Grinnell) 19:19.3; 4. Haidyn Barker (Clear Creek Amana) 19:44.1; 5. Kay Fett (CPU) 19:46.1. 

Maquoketa Individuals — 45. Cari Pickup 22:16.9; 53. Sydney Miller 22:31.4; 63. Addison Michel 23:01.1; 66. Harley Eye 23:37.6; 72. Ariana Payton 25:06.5; 73. Savannah Dykstra 25:26.0; 76. Kaitlyn Hanken 26:23.0.