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Sobaski, Julian, Bloomquist, Parrott all win at cross-country Each individual winner of cross-country races run for Union area teams

Alexander Julian (in blue) of Danville-New London and Lance Sobaski of Washington lead all runners Thursday at the Timm Lamm Invitational at Fort Madison. Sobaski’s coach, Stefanie Haworth (in yellow with sunglasses) encourages Sobaski, who posted one of the fastest times in Washington history. Julian won the small school race and the overall title and Sobaski was first among large school runners. (Doug Brenneman/Union)
Alexander Julian (in blue) of Danville-New London and Lance Sobaski of Washington lead all runners Thursday at the Timm Lamm Invitational at Fort Madison. Sobaski’s coach, Stefanie Haworth (in yellow with sunglasses) encourages Sobaski, who posted one of the fastest times in Washington history. Julian won the small school race and the overall title and Sobaski was first among large school runners. (Doug Brenneman/Union)
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FORT MADISON — Lance Sobaski has certain goals for himself in Washington‘s 2020 cross-country season. Not that he is willing to share those goals other than to say he wants to do well at the state meet, where he ran last year as a sophomore. Sobaski‘s coach, Stefanie Haworth has certain goals for Sobaski. Not that she has shared all of those with him.

Those unspoken goals were just a fraction of the motivation that surged through Sobaski Thursday at the Timm Lamm Invitational.

It was Sobaski‘s first meet with a stronger, older physique, first meet after a false positive test for COVID, first meet his grandfather, Elmer Dotzert, drove 160 miles to see this year.

Despite the fact that his “legs just gave out” at the 2.5 mile mark of the race, Haworth said Sobaski’s winning time in the A race of 16 minutes, 42 seconds was “one of the fastest times in Washington history.”

That time was only good enough for second place overall behind Danville-New London’s Alexander Julian’s 16:29.

D-NL is the top-ranked team in Class 2A, and Julien is ranked 11th. D-NL had the top five finishers to win the B team standings with a perfect 15 points.

“I had a team goal of 60 points, and we scored 59 for second,” Columbus head coach Steve Riley said. ”I knew Danville-New London would be good, but I can’t believe how good they really are.”

Sobaski believes his time was a personal record because he “put a lot of hard work in over the summer. I went out too fast but still kept going as hard as I could the best I could. I had a lot of adrenaline flowing in me.”

Fairfield’s Alex Forest took third behind Will Gager of Fort Madison.

“Forest had a nice race,” Fairfield coach Jerrod Belzer said. “It’s going to be an interesting and tight conference race this year.”

Danville-New London senior Addison Parrot won the individual girls and the B race in 19:39. Fairfield freshman Malena Bloomquist won the A race in 21:13.

“This was a big race for Malena confidencewise,” Belzer said. “She’s starting to figure out how good she can be.”

Washington’s girls were second with four placing in the top 14.

“We have been working on our pack running,” Haworth said.

Mt. Pleasant’s girls took third, winning a tiebreaker with its sixth and seventh team members.

“That should show how important every runner is to a team,” Mt. Pleasant girls coach Lyle Murray said.

The Panther boys were fifth.

“We were able to finish ahead of Keokuk and Washington, and Washington beat us at conference last year,” MP boys coach Mitch Anderson said. “We’re making a step in the right direction. We’re excited about the direction we’re moving. The conference is going to be close again this year.”

TEAM RESULTS

GIRLS A: 1. Muscatine 46, 2. Washington 62, 3. Mt. Pleasant 77, 4. Fairfield 77, 5. Fort Madison 79

GIRLS B: 1. Danville-New London 20, 2. Mediapolis 54, 3. Central Lee 56

BOYS A: 1. Muscatine 49, 2. Fort Madison 63, 3. Burlington 74, 4. Fairfield 81, 5. Mt. Pleasant 102, 6. Washington 116, 7. Keokuk High School 212

BOYS B: 1. Danville-New London 15, 2. Columbus 59, 3. Winfield-Mount Union 107, 4. Mediapolis 109, 5. Holy Trinity 122, 6. Central Lee 147, 7. Clark County 165

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Girls

Washington — 9. Taylor Bartholomew, 10. Hannah Rees, 11. Grace Voss, 12. Abby Kleese, 20. Josie Tanner, 21. Cloe Telleen, 26. Greta Rothe

Mt. Pleasant — 5. Cristina Carthey, 6. Belle Meador, 15. Elsie Lang, 22. Audrey Lord, 29. Jeneva Dykstra, 30. Jenna Gilmore, 32. Brooklynne Snavely

Fairfield — 1. Malena Bloomquist, 7. Makenzie Kraemer, 13. Carley Seeley, 25. Claire Epperson, 31. Amiritha Kumar

Danville-New London — 1. Addison Parrott, 3. Carissa Mackey, 4. Kamryn Sherwood, 5. Penelepe Sowell, 7. Cassidy Yaley

Boys

Fairfield 81 — 3. Alex Forrest, 11. Kaidyn Mickels, 18. Gavin Van Veen, 24. Blake Holden, 25. Brecken Courtright, 37. Jacob Bland, 43. Chandler Pumphrey

Mt. Pleasant — 15. Luke Ryon, 16. Ben Carthey, 21. Nate McWilliams, 23. Logan Lee, 27. Gabe Feldmann, 30. Isaac Rynders, 31. Gannon McNamee

Washington — 1. Lance Sobaski, 14. Micah Rees, 32. Drew Horak, 34. Cameron Vongpanya, 35. Peyton Snakenberg, 38. Keaton Crawford, 41. William Kennedy

Danville-New London — 1. Alexander Julian, 2. Seth Bailey, 3. Rylan Martin, 4. Oliver Sowell, 5. Allen Bonnesen

Columbus — 6. Isaac Acosta, 11. Damian Vergara, 13. Mason Hills-Carrier, 14. Alex Rivas, 15. Freddy Vergara, 21. Tim Hills-Carrier, 25. Van Bawi

Winfield-Mount Union — 8. Dane Sweezer, 16. Gabriel Hemsworth, 18. Lane Scorpil, 32. Talon Newton, 33. Jacob Haines, 35. Anden Gipple;