ELDORA - The Nevada cross country teams had a great day at the South Hardin Invitational Saturday as the Cub boys won a team championship and the girls took second at the Pine Lake Golf Course in Eldora.
The Nevada boys edged South Hardin and East Marshall for first. Led by another individual championship from Malachi Hornbuckle, the Cub boys scored 75 points to just beat out South Hardin’s 76 points and East Marshall’s score of 78.
Hornbuckle was sensational in capturing his third meet championship in a row. The No. 5 runner in Class 3A completed the 5-kilometer course at Eldora in 17 minutes, 21 seconds to beat BCLUW’s Caleb Silver by 39 seconds for first.
Dalton Baker just missed placing in the top 10 as Nevada’s second runner. Baker continued his strong junior season by taking 11th at Eldora with a time of 18:34.
Carter Franzen also placed in the top 20 for the Nevada boys. Franzen came in 14th at 18:53.
Connor Kline took 21st in 19:28 and Jacob Sanders 28th in 19:49 to round out the scoring for Nevada. Elliott Frideres clocked in at 19:59 to place 30th and Connor Hines came in 35th at 20:15 for the Cub boys.
The Nevada girls had their best outing of the season. The Cubs scored 69 points to beat out GMG by 11 points for second out of seven scored teams behind Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR’s 57 points.
Eliana Hornbuckle followed in her brother’s footsteps as the lead runner for the Cub girls and Megan Gilchrist gave them two top-10 runner at Eldora.
Eliana placed eighth in the girls’ race with a 5-kilometer time of 23:35. Gilchrist came in 10th at 23:49.
Grace Cahill finished 14th in 24:17, Mady Farmer 23rd in 24:56 and Grace Heiden 26th in 25:13 as the other runners to score for the Cub girls. Hannah Fritz also competed in the girls’ race, placing 35th in 26:05.
IFA/AGWSR’s Aubrie Fisher won the girls’ individual championship in 20:36. GMG’s Kayla Wilkening took second with a 21:23 showing.
Final team scores
Girls: 1. IFA/AGWSR 57 points, 2. Nevada 69, 3. GMG 80, 4. Baxter 81, 5. East Marshall 85, 6. Webster City 134, 7. South Tama 150. No score - BCLUW, North Tama, South Hardin.
Boys: 1. Nevada 75, 2. South Hardin 76, 3. East Marshall 78, 4. Webster City 113, 5. IFA/AGWSR 123, 6. BCLUW 127, 7. Baxter 133, 8. GMG 189. No score - North Tama, South Tama.
Individual results (5-kilometer) - Nevada
Girls: 8. Eliana Hornbuckle, 23:35; 10. Megan Gilchrist, 23:49; 14. Grace Cahill, 24:17; 23. Mady Farmer, 24:56; 26. Grace Heiden, 25:13; 35. Hannah Fritz, 26:05;
Boys: 1. Malachi Hornbuckle, 17:21; 11. Dalton Baker, 18:34; 14. Carter Franzen, 18:53; 21. Connor Kline, 19:28; 28. Jacob Sanders, 19:49; 30. Elliott Frideres, 19:59; 35. Connor Hines, 20:15.