JEWELL - Despite missing its top runners, the Nevada boys’ cross country team placed in the top five at the Jim Klein Invitational Oct. 5 in Jewell.


The Cub boys were without Malachi Hornbuckle — the No. 3 individual runner in Class 3A — who was taking a test. Noah Nusbaum and Edison Weig are still nursing injuries and were unable to compete for the Cubs.


Even though they were not at full strength, the Cub boys still put three runners in the top 25, scoring 135 points to place fifth out of 12 scored teams. ACGC also scored 135 points, but won the tiebreaker with Nevada to end up fourth.


Gilbert won the boys’ meet with 33 points. South Hamilton was second with a score of 77 and Madrid came in third with 113 points.


Carter Franzen stepped up to lead Nevada for the first time this season. Franzen took 14th with a 5-kilometer showing of 17 minutes, 42 seconds.


Dalton Baker came in 22nd in 17:55 and Connor Kline placed 25th with an 18:06 performance for Nevada. Jacob Sanders came in 28th at 18:10 and Elliot Frideres 48th at 18:50 to complete the Cub scoring.


Dean Check and Connor Hines also ran varsity for the Cub boys. Check placed 67th in 19:17 and Hines 73rd in 19:26.


Colo-NESCO finished 13th in the boys’ race with 425 points. Cole Dulaney was the top runner for the Royal boys with a time of 20:37 for 103rd.


Luke Hill came in 133rd at 21:34, Ryan Wonders 158th in 22:20, Chevy Dunlap 170th with a 23:21 showing and Jacob Reischauer 173rd in 23:25. Scott Miller also competed for the Royals, taking 206th in 26:51.


Madrid’s Sean McDermott won the boys’ race in 16:24. Gilbert’s Tyler Rees placed second in 16:34.


In the girls’ competition, Nevada scored 180 points to place eighth and Colo-NESCO came in 12th with 333 points. Gilbert also won the girls’ team championship with 65 points and Panorama placed second with a score of 81.


Eliana Hornbuckle kept up her strong performance over the second half of the season by placing 19th for the Nevada girls with a 5-kilometer time of 22:11. Megan Gilchrist took 32nd in 22:59 as the second Cub runner to finish.


Mady Farmer placed 42nd in 23:23, Grace Cahill 44th in 23:25 and Kaylee Kruse 51st in 24:05 as the other runners to score for the Nevada girls. Ryanne Barker ran a 55th-place time of 24:17 and Hannah Fritz placed 58th in 24:27 to round out the varsity competition for the Cubs.


Alexis Britten came in 36th as the top individual runner for the Colo-NESCO girls. Britten completed the course in 23:11.


Faith Vincent took 64th in 24:33 as the second Royal runner to finish. Shelby Smith ended up 114th in 27:53, Emily Brinkman 121st in 28:14 and Jenna Banks 135th in 29:46 to finish up the competition for Colo-NESCO.


ACGC’s Kate Crawford won the girls’ race in 19:36. Panorama freshman Ella Waddle came in second at 19:54.


Final team scores


Girls: 1. Gilbert 65 points, 2. Panorama 81, 3. ACGC 100, 4. Eagle Grove 138, 5. West Marshall 139, 6. East Marshall 147, 7. Madrid 157, 8. Nevada 180, 9. Roland-Story 195, 10. South Hamilton 253, 11. Ogden 273, 12. Colo-NESCO 333. No score - BCLUW.


Boys: 1. Gilbert 33, 2. South Hamilton 77, 3. Madrid 113, 4. ACGC 135, 5. Nevada 135, 6. Ogden 150, 7. East Marshall 167, 8. Eagle Grove 188, 9. Roland-Story 198, 10. Panorama 268, 11. BCLUW 268, 12. West Marshall 306, 13. Colo-NESCO 425.


Individual results (5-kilometer) - Nevada


Girls: 19. Eliana Hornbuckle (N), 22:11; 32. Megan Gilchrist (N), 22:59; 36. Alexis Britten (CN), 23:11; 42. Mady Farmer (N), 23:23; 44. Grace Cahill (N), 23:25; 51. Kaylee Kruse (N), 24:05; 55. Ryanne Barker (N), 24:17; 58. Hannah Fritz (N), 24:27; 64. Faith Vincent (CN), 24:33; 114. Shelby Smith (CN), 27:53; 121. Emily Brinkman (CN), 28:14; 135. Jenna Banks (CN), 29:46.


Boys: 14. Carter Franzen (N), 17:42; 22. Dalton Baker (N), 17:55; 25. Connor Kline (N), 18:06; 28. Jacob Sanders (N); 18:10; 48. Elliot Frideres (N), 18:50; 67. Dean Check (N), 19:17; 73. Connor Hines (N), 19:26; 103. Cole Dulaney (CN), 20:37; 133. Luke Hill (CN), 21:34; 158. Ryan Wonders (CN), 22:20; 170. Chevy Dunlap (CN), 23:21; 173. Jacob Reischauer (CN), 23:25; 206. Scott Miller (CN), 26:51.