Panthers win Conference, Lady Panthers runner-up

Colten Glosser and Brady Millikan helped the Pekin boys' cross country team in winning the SEISC title by finishing first and second in the varsity race.

The Pekin boys’ and girls’ cross country teams made a statement when they both placed at the SEISC meet hosted by Columbus Junction on October 4. Perfect conditions, combined with runners nearing their peak, led to the boys being crowned as Conference Champions while the Lady Panthers finished second.

Remi Duwa stayed in the lead pack from start to finish and gave the Lady Panthers a big boost by taking third place, running a time of 21:02.7. She was only beat by two Danville girls, who helped their team win the Ladies’ side of the Conference. Lauren Derscheid was the next Lady Panther to cross the finish line, running a time of 22:03.2, taking ninth place. Up next was Sarah Eubanks, running a time of 22:28.6 to finish in 14th place. The fourth girl to help the team score was Emily Laumeyer and she finished in 16th with a time of 22:30.5. 10 girls in the top 20 within the field were a freshman or younger, five of which were Pekin runners.

“I knew it was going to be between us and Danville for the girls race. We ran good, we had one junior and six freshmen running for us,” Pekin coach Davis Eidahl said. “This was kind of a big intense meet which will help them going into the District. They were nervous and tight, but they performed well.”

Other Lady Panthers to compete: Lily Fariss (22:31.4) finished 17th, Maddie Black (22:47.6) finished 19th and Mia Clark (23:37.1) finished 27th. The Lady Panthers finished up with 55 team points, beat out by Danville with 38 points, but easily secured a runner-up spot.

On the boys’ side they got a wire to wire winner from Colten Glosser, with Brady Millikan finishing shortly behind him. Glosser crushed the field behind a time of 17:18.0 and Millikan easily secured second place with a time of 17:32.0. Their two finishes gave Pekin a strong advantage with hopes the next two to finish would be near the top 10. Tanner Conger finished ninth with a time of 18:27.1 and Zack Wise finished 11th behind a strong final kick with the finish line in his sights, running a time of 18:44.9.

“We have two good leaders in Brady and Colten on the boys’ side. I knew they would be ready to race, and they’d get the rest of the team ready,” Eidahl said. “It’s always nice to be running close to your best. We’ve got to stay healthy, but the attitude is good. They’re running well and we’re going to improve more. We like to focus on each day because we don’t know what will happen the next day.”

Other Panthers to compete: Simeon Buie (19:23.4) finished 22nd, Devin Fraise (21:15.9) finished 58th and Chandler Stull (21:21.6) finished 60th. The boys finished with a team score of 45 points, beating out Danville by 14 points to win the Conference.

The field narrows even more going forward when Pekin competes at the State Qualifying meet on October 18, scheduled to be hosted by Iowa City Regina.