FORT DODGE, Iowa — Bettendorf cross country runner Trinity Borland added a second all-state honor to her resume Saturday.
Borland maneuvered her way around the 5,000-meter course at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in 19 minutes, 9 seconds to place 13th — the highest Quad-City girls finisher in any of the four classifications.
“It is hard to believe that was my last cross country race,” Borland said, of Saturday's race. “This was an amazing experience to get up on the (deck, a top-15 finish) in my last race. I’m super excited.”
Borland wasn’t near the lead or the secondary pack about halfway through the race, but she made up significant ground in the final mile to snatch all-state honors.
“I really focused and inched my way up there and gave it everything I had at the finish,” she said.
Pleasant Valley finished 10th in the 4A girls competition at 220 points. The Spartans’ top three finishers were juniors in Abby Riley (25th, 19:29), Mallory Lafever (30th, 19:35) and Maddy Minard (33rd, 19:40).
It was a personal-best for Riley, but she was disappointed afterward in where the team finished.
“We wanted to do so much more here,” she said. “We wanted it so bad, and I don’t know if we put too much pressure on ourselves or expectations were a little too high. Nobody put it all together in the same race, and that’s what really hurt us.”
Unlike many of the other state-ranked teams, PV didn’t have a standout to lean on. Instead, the Spartans relied on a tight pack to excel. It worked at the conference meet but hindered them in some of the bigger meets.
Coach Jane Wheeler’s team returns five of its seven runners.
“This was the closest team we’ve had,” Riley said. “We’ve been running together since seventh grade. We’re still hungry. We can’t wait to come back next year and show what we’ve got.”