MASON CITY — Megan Mooberry had a pair of goals she wanted to reach at Thursday’s Top of Iowa Conference meet.
The Osage senior achieved both, winning the conference title in a time of 19 minutes, 54.7 seconds while helping the Green Devils claim the East Division team title with 38 points on the NIACC campus.
“It feels great to win and it also feels great to see the team do really well,” said Mooberry, who repeated as the overall TIC individual champion. “We come to practice willing to work hard to achieve our goal and it’s fun seeing us achieve that goal.”
Mooberry took the lead early on and was never really pushed as she finished over six seconds ahead of West Fork’s McKenna Weaver as she focused on running her own race.
“I know that I can’t control the other girls, I can only control how I run,” Mooberry said. “I know I gave it everything I had to come out on top. I tried not to look back but it was hard not to look back, especially on a course with so many turns. It was all about running my own race.”
While Mooberry paced Osage, the Green Devils saw all seven runners finish in the top 27, including a third-place finish from Mia Knudsen in 20:06.9, an eighth-place finish from Breana Barker in 20:57.5 and a 10th-place finish from Madi Johnson in 21:16.2. Emily Ross rounded out the scoring with an 18th-place overall finish, Makayla Mostek was 20th in 21:56.4 and Brooke Scharper was 27th in 22:19.5.
“I’m very excited for the team as a whole,” Osage coach Brent Jennings said. “All of the girls ran very, very well and we had some great performances. For Megan to win the conference title again, that’s a big feather in her cap. I couldn’t be more proud of her. Mia Knudsen, as a freshman performing the way she did, I give her a lot of credit. She ran a great race.”
The team title – Osage’s fourth consecutive and second straight in the TIC East Division – didn’t come without a fight from Newman Catholic and West Fork.
“We knew we were going to have our hands full,” Jennings said. “There are so many quality runners and teams in the conference. We just had a good day.”
Newman finished second in the East with 65 points as coach Mike Schutt praised Osage for winning the conference title.
“Osage just has too many good girls,” Schutt said. “They’re just too deep of a team for us right now. We knew we would have a hard time sticking with them and our goal was to beat West Fork. We’ve had some battles with West Fork and we were fortunate to get them in this meet.”
West Fork was third with 80 points as Talia Rowe had a top-10 finish by finishing ninth in 21:12.1 while Eagle Grove won the West Division title with 37 points. Bishop Garrigan was second with 56 points, paced by Alisa Altman’s 24th overall finish in 22:17.7.
Newman was led by Chloe Nelson’s fourth-place finish in 20:22.1 while Meghan Sullivan was seventh in 20:45.5.
“For Chloe as a freshman to get fourth place in the conference, that’s great,” Schutt said. “She has three more years ahead of her and it was nice to see Meghan run the way she did in her last conference race. She’s had a great year for us and it was really nice to see her have the finish she did.”