AMES - The Nevada boys’ cross country team made a statement and the Cub girls also showed they are a team to be reckoned with at the Gilbert Invitational Aug. 23 at the ISU cross country course.


The Cub boys entered the meet ranked No. 13 in Class 3A. They went up against No. 1 Gilbert, No. 2 Dallas Center-Grimes and No. 12 Bondurant-Farrar and held their own.


Gilbert dominated the meet with a score of 16 as the Tigers produced the top four individual runners. But Nevada wasn’t far behind DCG’s runner-up score of 69, tallying a score of 106 to beat out Bondurant-Farrar by four points for third out of 13 teams.


Dalton Baker, Noah Nusbaum, Jacob Sanders and Carter Franzen all placed in the top 20 individually for Nevada. Baker ran a 5-kilometer time of 18 minutes, 15 seconds to place 13th, Nusbaum came in 14th at 18:27, Sanders took 17th in 18:40 and Franzen ran an 18:45 to end up 19th.


Caleb Pawlovich was the final runner to score for Nevada, placing 51st in 20:06. Bryce Sutherland took 53rd in 20:09 and Elliot Frideres 55th in 20:16 as the other Cub varsity competitors.


Gilbert’s Rees Tyler was the boys’ individual champion with a time of 17:21. The Tigers’ Nathan Patel, John Ockey and Ethan Mesenbrink took second, third and fourth with respective times of 17:39, 17:41 and 17:43.


In the girls’ race, Nevada scored 137 points to place fourth out of 12 teams. North Polk, the No. 8 team in 3A, and No. 4 DCG easily took first and second with respective scores of 37 and 43, but Nevada was within range of traditional power Gilbert as the Tigers finished third with 112 points.


Eliana Hornbuckle was the top runner for the Nevada girls and freshman Elie Tuhn turned in a tremendous debut. Hornbuckle ran a 5-kilometer time of 22:47 to place 16th and Tuhn took 20th in 23:02.


Gabby Sampson came in 31st with a time of 23:49, veteran Mady Farmer placed 39th with a 24:14 showing and Eleanor Elliott-Rude also scored points for the Cubs with a 44th-place performance of 24:48. Grace Cahill just missed the scoring cut with a 48th-place time of 24:51 and Ryanne Barker came in 51st after clocking in at 25:10.


Newton’s Rachel Rhoads was the girls’ individual champion with a time of 20:54. DCG’s Emma Angus and Hannah Little placed second and third with respective times of 21:16 and 21:18 and North Polk’s Lucy Schaffer and Kennedy Wendel took fourth and fifth respectively with times of 21:29 and 21:32.


Final team scores


Girls: 1. North Polk 37 points, 2. DCG 43, 3. Gilbert 112, 4. Nevada 137, 5. Newton 147, 6. PCM 192, 7. Bondurant-Farrar 199, 8. Roland-Story 209, 9. Des Moines Hoover 229, 10. Greene County 233, 11. Kuemper Catholic 302, 12. Boone 344.


Boys: 1. Gilbert 16, 2. DCG 69, 3. Nevada 106, 4. Bondurant-Farrar 110, 5. Roland-Story 149, 6. Newton 184, 7. Kuemper Catholic 240, 8. Boone 252, 9. North Polk 260, 10. Des Moines Hoover 265, 11. Des Moines North 267, 12. PCM 267, 13. Greene County 355.


Individual results (5-kilometer) - Nevada


Girls: 16. Eliana Hornbuckle, 22:47; 20. Elie Tuhn, 23:02; 31. Gabby Sampson, 23:49; 39. Mady Farmer, 24:14; 44. Eleanor Elliott-Rude, 24:48; 48. Grace Cahill, 24:51; 51. Ryanne Barker, 25:10.


Boys: 13. Dalton Baker, 18:15; 14. Noah Nusbaum, 18:27; 17. Jacob Sanders, 18:40; 19; Carter Franzen, 18:45; 51. Caleb Pawlovich, 20:06; 53. Bryce Sutherland, 20:09; 55. Elliot Frideres, 20:16.