AMES - The Nevada boys’ cross country team showed it will be a force to be reckoned with in 2017 after placing third in a strong Class A field at the Gilbert Invitational Aug. 24 at the ISU cross country course in Ames.

Nevada took third out of 13 scored teams with 66 points. The Cubs came in just 21 points behind a Gilbert team rated No. 3 in Class 3A and 15 points in back of No. 4 Dallas Center-Grimes.

“The boys wanted to come in and show that they can run with DCG and Gilbert, and I thought they did a great job doing that,” Nevada head cross country coach Mike Christiansen said. “I challenged the top seven to step out of their comfort zone today and they responded by all improving on their times and places from a year ago by a lot.”

Malachi Hornbuckle was fantastic for the opening meet of the season as Nevada’s fastest runner. Hornbuckle ran a 5-kilometer time of 17 minutes, 21 seconds to place second, coming in just six seconds behind the winning effort by Gilbert’s Tyler Rees.

“Malachi moved up 11 spots from a year ago to take second,” Christiansen said.

Edison Weig and Noah Nusbaum were also top-10 runners for Nevada.

Weig — a state qualifier last year at West Marshall — placed seventh with a strong time of 18:03. Nusbaum was just one step behind Weig with an eighth-place showing of 18:04.

“Noah Nusbaum had a great race,” Christiansen said. “We knew he had it in him and he took a big step finishing eighth, right behind Edison Weig, who was a state qualifier last year.”

Dalton Baker and Jacob Sanders also scored points for Nevada. Baker finished in 18:43 to place 22nd and Sanders took 30th in 19:06.

“Dalton and Jacob also had significant improvements,” Christiansen said. “Dalton moved up 40 spots (from last year) and Jacob moved up 15.”

Connor Kline came in 39th at 19:41 and Carter Franzen ran a 47th-place time in 20 minutes even as Nevada’s other varsity participants.

In the Class B boys’ race, Colo-Nesco placed 13th with 384 points.

Cole Dulaney paced the Royal boys with a 71st-place time of 22:04. Ryan Wonders came in 131st at 25:08, Luke Hill took 142nd in 25:41, Jacob Reischauer ran a 28:34 to place 166th and Scott Miller ended up 175th in 31:35.

Madrid’s Sean McDermott won the Class B boys’ individual championship with a time of 17:43. South Hamilton’s Quinton Grove came in second after clocking in at 18:21.

The girls’ competition saw Nevada take fifth out of 11 teams in Class A and Colo-Nesco finish 10th in Class B.

The Nevada girls scored 187 points to come in 32 points in back of Newton’s fourth place score. No. 7 (3A) DCG won the girls’ team title with 37 points, No. 4 North Polk took second with 40 and No. 9 Gilbert ended up third with 49.

“The girls’ team was shooting for a top-five finish,” Christiansen said. “We were missing one of our top varsity runners and they still pulled it off. Ryanne (Barker), Eleanor (Elliott-Rude), Kaylee Kruse, Eliana Hornbuckle and Megan Gilchrist all stepped up and made that happen.”

Barker was the top runner for the Nevada girls with a 40th-place time of 24:43. Elliott-Rude was right with Barker, running a 24:44 in her first varsity race to finish 41st.

“Thought Eleanor ran a great race,” Christiansen said. “The freshman was just one step behind Ryanne, who led the way for us.”

Kruse took 51st in 25:26. Gilchrist and Hornbuckle both ran a 26:02 to place 62nd and 63rd respectively and round out the scoring for Nevada.

Caitlyn Sharp and Madison Davis also ran varsity for the Nevada girls. Sharp placed 83rd in 27:10 and Davis ran a 27:38 to take 89th.

Colo-Nesco scored 252 points in Class B. Prairie City-Monroe won the Class B girls’ title with 77 points and West Marshall came in second with 86 points.

“As always, this is a good meet for us to see what kind of race condition we are in,” Colo-Nesco head cross country coach Tony Stalzer said. “I was pleased with where we are at this point. We have some work to do and I know this group of runners is going to be willing to get to work to be better.”

​​​​ Alexis Britten ran a strong 17th-place time of 24:34 as the fastest runner for the Colo-Nesco girls. Faith Vincent took 36th in 26:11.

Shelby Smith ended up 79th in 31:17, Emily Brinkman 81st in 31:29, Claire Skinner 94th in 33:39 and Emma Stalzer 106th in 36:33 for the Royals.

West Marshall’s Avril Sinning won the girls’ Class B individual title in 21:35. Ogden’s Hannah Booth placed second in 22:24.

Final Class A team scores

Girls: 1. DCG 37 points, 2. North Polk 40, 3. Gilbert 49, 4. Newton 155, 5. Nevada 187, 6. Des Moines Hoover 191, 7. Bondurant-Farrar 205, 8. Greene County 207, 9. Kuemper Catholic 220, 10. Boone 263, 11. Perry 278.

Boys: 1. Gilbert 45, 2. DCG 51, 3. Nevada 66, 4. Bondurant-Farrar 92, 5. Kuemper Catholic 178, 6. Newton 202, 7. Saydel 212, 8. North Polk 217, 9. Boone 218, 10. Des Moines Hoover 228, 11. Perry 324, 12. Des Moines North 368, 13. Greene County 374.

Individual results - Nevada (5-kilometer)

Girls: 40. Ryanne Barker, 24:43; 41. Eleanor Elliott-Rude, 24:44; 51. Kaylee Kruse, 25:26; 62. Megan Gilchrist, 26:02; 63. Eliana Hornbuckle, 26:02; 83. Caitlyn Sharp, 27:10; 89. Madison Davis, 27:38.

Boys: 2. Malachi Hornbuckle, 17:21; 7. Edison Weig, 18:03; 8. Noah Nusbaum, 18:04; 22. Dalton Baker, 18:43; 30. Jacob Sanders, 19:06; 39. Connor Kline 19:41; 47. Carter Franzen, 20:00.

Final Class B team standings

Girls: 1. PCM 77, 2. West Marshall 86, 3. Roland-Story 92, 4. Madrid 96, 5. Earlham 109, 6. South Hamilton 140, 7. Ogden 155, 8. Van Meter 178, 9. Pleasantville 208, 10. Colo-Nesco 252.

Boys: 1. Madrid 55, 2. South Hamilton 67, 3. Roland-Story 75, 4. Ogden 93, 5. Earlham 118, 6. West Marshall 170, 7. Eagle Grove 189, 8. PCM 234, 9. Ankeny Christian 237, 10. Van Meter 258, 11. Pleasantville 334, 12. Iowa Christian 339, 13. Colo-Nesco 384.

Individual results - Colo-Nesco (5-kilometer)

Girls: 17. Alexis Britten, 24:34; 36. Faith Vincent, 26:11; 79. Shelby Smith, 31:17; 81. Emily Brinkman, 31:29; 94. Claire Skinner, 33:39; 106. Emma Stalzer, 36:33.

Boys: 71. Cole Dulaney, 22:04; 131. Ryan Wonders, 25:08; 142. Luke Hill, 25:41; 166. Jacob Reischauer, 28:34; 175. Scott Miller, 31:35.