CLARINDA — What Atlantic cross country coach Dan Vargason asked for, he got. The goal at the Clarinda Invitational Tuesday night was to compete hard in a meet they were expected to win and take home both titles. That goal was accomplished, and quite convincingly. The Trojans swept both titles, the girls 30-68 over runner-up Shenandoah, while the boys were 37-60 winners over second-place Red Oak. It was a good team victory in Vargason’s eyes, particularly since both teams were either ranked or noted as “teams to watch” in the latest Iowa Track Coaches Association poll. The Red Oak boys had been ranked earlier this year but were listed as a team to watch, while the Shenandoah girls were No. 15 in Class 2A. “Our goal was to go out, compete hard and we wanted to win both the boys’ and girls’ meet,” said Vargason. “We felt we had the pieces to win both sides.” The Trojans did that on the strength of placing all seven of its varsity runners in the top 21 on the girls’ side, and all seven in the top 19 for the boys. Taylor McCreedy, ranked fifth in the new Class 3A IATC rankings, won her first race of the year with a time of 20:52.78, just shy of a minute ahead of Clarinda’s Mayson Hartley. Trojan freshman Ava Rush was third overall with a time of 22:14.81, while Madison Botos (ninth, 23:59.78), Pluma Pross (12th, 24:10.55) and Addie DeArment (13th, 24:28.50) rounded out the scoring. Kelsey Siedlik was 19th (27:19.75) and Claire Wiederstein was 21st (27:26.28) to round things out. Craig Alan Becker, the Trojan junior ranked 12th by the IATC, finished second overall with a time of 18:12.78, about nine second behind Class 1A No. 5 Noah Jorgensen of Sidney. Pack running helped the boys with Bradley Dennis fourth (19:15.02) and Evan Brummer fifth (19:15.81), followed by Zane Berg who rounded out the top 10 with a time of 19:51.43. The pack of Ethan Williams, Drew Engler and Cooper Jipson finished 16th, 17th and 19th, respectively. Even though the Clarinda field wasn’t as strong as some of the other meets the Trojans typically compete at, Vargason was still happy that his team accomplished its goals. After the rest of the week off, the Trojans have compete next week at the Ballard and Carroll Kuemper invitationals, both loaded with ranked teams and the state’s top runners. “It was good to come over and compete at a high level at a meet like this and win,” he said.

CLARINDA — What Atlantic cross country coach Dan Vargason asked for, he got.

The goal at the Clarinda Invitational Tuesday night was to compete hard in a meet they were expected to win and take home both titles.

That goal was accomplished, and quite convincingly.

The Trojans swept both titles, the girls 30-68 over runner-up Shenandoah, while the boys were 37-60 winners over second-place Red Oak.

It was a good team victory in Vargason’s eyes, particularly since both teams were either ranked or noted as “teams to watch” in the latest Iowa Track Coaches Association poll. The Red Oak boys had been ranked earlier this year but were listed as a team to watch, while the Shenandoah girls were No. 15 in Class 2A.

“Our goal was to go out, compete hard and we wanted to win both the boys’ and girls’ meet,” said Vargason. “We felt we had the pieces to win both sides.”

The Trojans did that on the strength of placing all seven of its varsity runners in the top 21 on the girls’ side, and all seven in the top 19 for the boys. Taylor McCreedy, ranked fifth in the new Class 3A IATC rankings, won her first race of the year with a time of 20:52.78, just shy of a minute ahead of Clarinda’s Mayson Hartley.

Trojan freshman Ava Rush was third overall with a time of 22:14.81, while Madison Botos (ninth, 23:59.78), Pluma Pross (12th, 24:10.55) and Addie DeArment (13th, 24:28.50) rounded out the scoring. Kelsey Siedlik was 19th (27:19.75) and Claire Wiederstein was 21st (27:26.28) to round things out.

Craig Alan Becker, the Trojan junior ranked 12th by the IATC, finished second overall with a time of 18:12.78, about nine second behind Class 1A No. 5 Noah Jorgensen of Sidney. Pack running helped the boys with Bradley Dennis fourth (19:15.02) and Evan Brummer fifth (19:15.81), followed by Zane Berg who rounded out the top 10 with a time of 19:51.43.

The pack of Ethan Williams, Drew Engler and Cooper Jipson finished 16th, 17th and 19th, respectively.

Even though the Clarinda field wasn’t as strong as some of the other meets the Trojans typically compete at, Vargason was still happy that his team accomplished its goals.

After the rest of the week off, the Trojans have compete next week at the Ballard and Carroll Kuemper invitationals, both loaded with ranked teams and the state’s top runners.

“It was good to come over and compete at a high level at a meet like this and win,” he said.

To reach Brian Rathjen, send correspondence to sports@ant-news.com or phone (712) 243-2624.

To reach Brian Rathjen, send correspondence to sports@ant-news.com or phone (712) 243-2624.