This Thursday Oct. 20, the runners of Bettendorf will be taking on their biggest challenge of the 2016 cross country season.
Both the girls and boys cross country teams will be putting their seasons on the line at Crow Creek Park as they battle at districts for the right to the state meet. Crow Creek is considered to be one of the most difficult cross country courses in the state due to the three strenuous hills throughout the course (Incinerator, Exterminator, and Exasperator).
The meet is the official qualifier for the state competition where the top three team finishes will move on to the team state meet in Fort Dodge. Top boys runners Joey Parker, Jackson Stamper, and JR Baker have consistently been improving throughout the season with new personal records across the board. The girls have a significantly strong team this year, receiving second place at the MAC meet in Burlington last week, with senior Ally Gallagher finishing the race third overall individually.
On the flip side, the boys cross country team finished fourth overall in the MAC meet. The district battle will have strong teams from Pleasant Valley, Cedar Rapids Prairie, and Iowa City West.
Overall, Bettendorf has a tough meet this week to get to state, especially on a course as difficult as Crow Creek. You can watch the Bulldogs compete on Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Crow Creek soccer fields.