Thursday is conference championship day for the Highland, Lone Tree and Hillcrest Academy cross country teams.
The Southeast Iowa Super Conference championship meet for both boys and girls will be hosted by Van Buren County High School in Keosauqua.
Leah Bontrager of Hillcrest is one of the medal contenders in the girls race. She began the season with an eighth-place finish in the Hillcrest Early Bird meet and has posted several top-10 finishes since then. In the highly competitive Iowa City High Invitational last week, she placed 26th with a time of 21:45.
Among the leaders for the Highland girls are Taylor Sublette and Madison Thomann.
Nick Saltzman of Lone Tree is one of the medal contenders on the boys side. He finished 19th in the Washington Invitational last week and has been a leader for the Lions all season. Among those joining him are Cale Christofferson and Alberto Cortez.
Collin Miller leads a Hillcrest boys squad, along with Will Kolck and Jorge Canchola.
Ethan Paisley, who finished 33rd at the Washington Invitational, is among the leaders for Highland. Among those joining him are Jacob Roling, Carlos Valenzuela and Bryce Thompson.
FINISHING FOURTH: Highland’s Madison Thomann nearly cracked the top three at the Washington Invitational last week.
She finished a season-best fourth with a time of 22:20, missing a third-place finish by 28 seconds.
Teammate Taylor Sublette finished 15th, nearly two minutes back.
RIVER VALLEY MEET: Mid-Prairie will chase after girls and boys team titles in the River Valley Conference championship meet next Tuesday in Monticello.
Danielle Hostetler, a freshman who has not lost a race this fall, has been ranked as high as No. 1 in Iowa Class 2A. Monday, in the Hillcrest Academy Invitational, Hostetler led a 1-2-3 Mid-Prairie sweep in the girls race.
Jamison Stutzman is a medal contender in the boys race. He finished third at Hillcrest, one week after he finished second in the Clear Creek Amana Clippers Invitational.