Pekin sweeps SEISC titles

Millikin, Glosser finish 1-2 in boys' race, D-NL's Parrott dominates girls' race.

Union photo by Andy Krutsinger

Danville-New London’s Addison Parrott runs through the final stretch with a huge lead in the girls’ race.
Union photo by Andy Krutsinger Danville-New London’s Addison Parrott runs through the final stretch with a huge lead in the girls’ race.

FAIRFIELD — Two individual titles and two team titles were on the line at Waterworks Park on Monday evening and the Coach Davis Eidahl’s Pekin Panthers took three out of four.

Pekin won both the boys and girls team titles, finishing ahead of Danville-New London in both. The Panthers beat second-place D-NL by five points in the boys team standings and 29 points on the girls side.

There was a great battle in the boys race between Pekin teammates Brady Millikin and Colten Glosser. Glosser led for most of the race, but Millikin clipped him late and ran away with the win, finishing in 16:50.6. Glosser was just under eight seconds behind.

“The second lap, I was just trying to catch Colten,” Millikin said. “By the time I did that, I had 800 left, and I just let it go, whatever I had left.”

The one-two punch gave a huge boost to the Panthers, who had to use about every point to hold off D-NL.

“We really try and work off each other,” said Glosser. “It helps us and it helps the team.”

D-NL put the pressure on by placing four runners in the top 10, including Ty Carr and Alexander Julian, who finished fifth and sixth respectively. Pekin and D-NL combined for 12 out of the top 20 in the boys race.

The girls race saw D-NL’s Addison Parrott fly out ahead of the field and never loo kback. She finished the race in 19:44.1, over a minute and 15 seconds ahead of second place.

“I like that this was the conference (course),” Parrott said. “It’s a little hilly back there but it’s not too bad. And nobody is back there, so you get to pace yourself and not worry about people yelling at you.”

Pekin’s Lauren Dersheid took silver in the girls race and led her team to gold in the team standings. She was one of six Panthers in the top 18. All seven Pekin runners finished in the top 25.

Hillcrest Academy’s Leah Bontrager finished third individually. Madison Thomann of Highland took fourth, and Lily Fariss gave Pekin their second runner in the top five with a fifth place finish.

After Pekin and D-NL, Wapello took third in the boys team standings. Columbus Community was fourth, and Winfield-Mt. Union was fifth.

In the girls team standings, Mediapolis took third, Highland placed fourth, and Cardinal took fifth.

BOYS’ TEAM SCORES: 1. Pekin 39; 2. Danville-New London 44; 3. Wapello 112; 4. Columbus 145; 5. Winfield-Mt. Union 180; 6. Cardinal 187; 7. Van Buren 197; 8. Notre Dame-West Burlington 222; 9. Central Lee 233; 10. Holy Trinity 262; 11. Lone Tree 284; 12. Mediapolis 291; 13. Louisa-Muscatine 310; 14. Highland 385. No team score: Hillcrest Academy, WACO.

BOYS’ INDIVIDUAL TOP 15: 1. Brady Millikin, Pekin, 16:50.6; 2. Colten Glosser, Pekin, 16:58.2; 3. Matt Hellige, Holy Trinity, 17:09.2; 4. Aiden Housman, Wapello, 17:16.9; 5. Ty Carr, Danville-New London, 17:34.8; 6. Alexander Julian, Danville-New London, 17:28.6; 7. Jonah Heckenberg, Van Buren, 17:49.7; 8. Oliver Sowell, Danville-New London, 18:08.8; 9. Zack Wise, Pekin, 18:11.8; 10. Gabriel Gourley, Danville-New London, 18:13.1; 11. Jonah Egli, WACO, 18:22.6; 12. Brody Barton, Winfield-Mt. Union, 18:23; 13. Ian Peacock, Van Buren, 18:25.6; 14. Tanner Conger, Pekin, 18:42.4; 15. Gavyn Brown, Pekin, 18:45.

GIRLS’ TEAM SCORES: 1. Pekin 37; 2. Danville-New London 66; 3. Mediapolis 177; 4. Highland 126; 5. Cardinal 130; 6. Hillcrest Academy 135; 7. Wapello 177; 8. WACO 192; 9. Louisa-Muscatine 202; 10. Columbus 219. No team score: Central Lee, Lone Tree, Van Buren, Winfield-Mt. Union

GIRLS’ INDIVIDUAL TOP 15: 1. Addison Parrott, Danville-New London, 19:$4.1; 2. Lauren Derscheid, Pekin, 21:01.3; 3. Leah Bontrager, Hillcrest Academy, 21:06.9; 4. Madison Thomann, Highland, 2:28.2; 5. Lily Fariss, Pekin, 21:38.9; 6. Macie Bopp, Lone Tree, 22:17.8; 8. Faith Neeley, Van Buren, 22:27.5; 9. Sarah Eubanks, Pekin, 22:32.4; 10. Carissa Mackey, Danville-New London, 22:40.7. 11. Breann Yaley, Danville-New London, 22:42.3; 12. Amanda Gilpin, Central Lee, 22:46.2; 13. Sarena Gerber, Hillcrest Academy, 22:47.4; 14. Natalie Patterson, Lone Tree, 22:57.8; 15. Emily Laumeyer, Pekin, 22:58.