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MVC cross country preview: All eyes on Thursday's girls' race

Ashlynn Keeney (Liberty), Micah Poellet (Linn-Mar), Claire Edmondson (Senior) are ranked 1-2-3

Linn-Mar’s Micah Poellet competes in the Prairie Invitational cross country meet Aug. 25. Poellet is ranked No. 2 among Class 4A girls and figures to contend for the title at the Missisippi Valley Conference Super meet Thursday at Noelridge Park. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Linn-Mar’s Micah Poellet competes in the Prairie Invitational cross country meet Aug. 25. Poellet is ranked No. 2 among Class 4A girls and figures to contend for the title at the Missisippi Valley Conference Super meet Thursday at Noelridge Park. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

If the Iowa Association of Track Coaches individual rankings are accurate, the top three big-school girls’ distance runners will be on display in Cedar Rapids on Thursday.

Iowa City Liberty freshman Ashlynn Keeney will join Linn-Mar’s Micah Poellet and Dubuque Senior’s Claire Edmondson at the starting line of the Mississippi Valley Conference Super cross country meet.

The varsity girls’ race is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., the boys’ race at 4:55. Competition is at Noelridge Park.

The team race couldn’t possibly be more dramatic than last year, when both races were decided via tiebreaker.

Cedar Rapids Prairie edged Dubuque Hempstead for the boys’ title, and Hempstead’s girls shaded Iowa City West.

Keeney climbed to No. 1 on the 4A girls’ chart this week. Poellet is second, Edmondson third.

Poellet was the MVC runner-up last year.

West’s Kolby Greiner is back to defend his MVC title. Greiner is rated No. 2; Prairie’s Jack Pendergast is fourth. Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Jacob Green and Cedar Falls’ Brandon Conrad could challenge.

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The Keeney-Poellet-Edmondson trio will be pushed by West’s Deniz Ince and Senior’s Lily Schmidt.

Senior is the highest ranked 4A girls’ team at No. 5, followed by West at No. 6. Dubuque Wahlert is No. 1 in 3A.

Hempstead (second), Cedar Falls (sixth) and Prairie (seventh) lead the boys’ field.

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