AMES, Iowa - Overnight rains made for a muddy, water-logged course for the 9th Annual Heartland Classic on Saturday morning. Nearly 1,800 runners from 6 states all converged on Iowa State University's Cross Country course. The Cross Country meet is hosted each year by Des Moines Roosevelt High School.
In the Girls Varsity race, Johnston Senior Jordyn Kleve was the top finisher. She finished with a time of 14:21.
Johnston led the field in team scoring as well, ahead of Ames (2nd), Waukee (5th), and Dowling Catholic (6th).
As the Boys Varsity race began, so did the heavy rains. Gilbert Senior Thomas Pollard took the top spot, finishing with a time of 15:37. The brutal weather and course conditions weren't exactly what Pollard favors.
"It just sucked," Pollard says. "Especially that start, the wind in our face, and the rain coming down. It was kind of tough."
Gilbert placed 16th in team scoring. Other local top finishers for the boys included Johnston (3rd), Valley (5th), and Waukee (8th).