C-N’s Combes takes fourth in Class D

HUXLEY – The Nevada boys’ cross country team had an excellent day as a team and the Cub girls and Colo-Nesco boys each had impressive individual showings at the Ballard Invitational Monday at the Ballard Golf and Country Club in Huxley.

The Nevada boys had five runners place in the top 25 individually for the second meet in a row. The Cubs ended up with 93 points to edge Ballard by seven points for second place out of 10 scored teams in Class B.

"I think we did pretty well," Nevada senior Lucas Markey said. "We were racing against Gilbert and I think we did pretty well."

Gilbert ended placing sixth in Class B with 118 points. The Tigers, ranked second in Class 2A and one of the two favorites to claim the Heart of Iowa Conference championship along with North Polk, were without top runners Thomas Pollard and Wesley Greder.

Markey had his best effort of the season to lead Nevada individually. He ran a 5-kilometer time of 18 minutes, 19 seconds to place 13th.

"It’s my PR (personal record) I think," Markey said. "I’m pretty excited."

Zach Hansen and Evan Rix also placed in the top 20 for Nevada. Hansen clocked in at 18:32 to place 16th and Rix came in 19th at 18:39.

Conner MacVey just missed the top 20 with a 21st-place time of 18:40. Drew Barker was the final scored runner for the Cubs as he came in 24th at 18:43.

Creston won the Class B boys’ team title with 74 points. Ballard’s Luke Kohut-Jackson was the individual champion in the class with a time of 16:47.

The Nevada girls finished fifth out of eight scored teams in Class B with 129 points. Gilbert cruised to the girls’ team title in Class B with 32 points and Humboldt came in second with a score of 54.

Sophomore Caitlin Dewell turned in the top individual effort for Nevada. Like Markey, Dewell placed 13th as she completed the girls’ 4-kilometer course in 17 minutes flat.

Dewell said she is happy with her performance considering she is still not in peak running condition.

"It was a lot about mind over matter," Dewell said. "I’m hoping to be in better shape by Eldora. I’m getting there. I’m a little bit behind last year, but I’m doing well for how hot it’s been."

Emily Dittmer also had a great day individually for the Cubs. She continued her outstanding sophomore year by running a 17:11 to place 16th.

Elli Cassabaum gave Nevada a third top-25 performance as she came in right at 25th with a time of 18:02.

Freshman Nicole Dewell was the fourth Cub runner to cross the finish line as she completed the race in 18:24 to place 36th. Erin Sellberg was the final scored Cub runner with a 39th-place time of 18:47 and Caroline Goecke was close behind her with a 40th-place time of 19:03.

Gilbert’s Grace Gibbons won the Class B individual championship with the fastest time among all four classes in the girls’ competition at 14:49. Ballard’s Abby Kohut-Jackson ran the second-fastest time out of the four classes at 15:10.

In Class D the Colo-Nesco boys finished eighth out of 12 teams with 199 points. The Royals produced a pair of outstanding individual performances from Jordan Combes and Steven Cutler.

Combes was the fastest runner for the Royal boys as he crossed the finish line in 18:10 to place fourth. Combes’ time was just eight seconds behind the runner-up effort by South Hamilton’s Jacob Heeren.

BCLUW’s Cole Silver won the Class D individual championship in 17:25.

Cutler was one second away from placing in the top 10 individually for Colo-Nesco. Cutler ran an 11th-place time of 18:44 and Prairie Valley’s Spencer Warehime took 10th in 18:43.

Elliott Morgan came in 45th at 21:23, Caleb Vaughn was 67th in 24:11 and Kyle Miller placed 72nd in 25:03 as the other scored Royal runners.

The girls’ Class D competition saw Colo-Nesco finish seventh out of eight scored teams with 186 points. Lynnville-Sully edged South Hamilton for first in Class D with 43 points to the Hawks’ 47.

Grace Stalzer ran the top time for the Royal girls as she came in 31st at 19:28. Stephanie Norris was 41st in 20:25, Angela Brinkman placed 44th in 20:47, Leah Vincent crossed the finish line 21:18 to place 48th and Caitlin Clark ran a 22:40 to end up 57th as the final scored Royal runner.

Nodaway Valley’s Destiny Scar won the Class D girls’ individual championship in 16:01. Colfax-Mingo’s Dakota Hostetter placed second in 16:13.

Class B

Girls: 1. Gilbert 32, 2. Humboldt 54, 3. Ballard 94, 4. Creston 109, 5. Nevada 129, 6. ADM 152, 7. Bondurant-Farrar, 181, 8. Saydel 194.

Boys: 1. Creston 74, 2. Nevada 93, 3. Ballard 100, 4. Humboldt 107, 5. Saydel 113, 6. Gilbert 118, 7. ADM 133, 8. Bondurant-Farrar 181, 9. Clarke 248, 10. Madrid 286.

Class D

Girls: 1. Lynnville-Sully 43, 2. South Hamilton 47, 3. Colfax-Mingo 87, 4. BCLUW 91, 5. Prairie Valley, 116, 6. Grundy Center 165, 7. Colo-Nesco 186, 8. Pleasantville 221.

Boys: 1. BCLUW 74, 2. South Hamilton 92, 3. Earlham 92, 4. Nodaway Valley 105, 5. Prairie Valley 112, 6. Lynnville-Sully 166, 7. Grundy Center 172, 8. Colo-Nesco 199, 9. Southeast Warren, 215, 10. Orient-Macksburg 231, 11. Pleasantville 263, 12. Colfax-Mingo 266.

Individual results

Class B – Nevada

Girls (4-kilometer):13. Caitlin Dewell, 17:00; 16. Emily Dittmer, 17:11; 25. Elli Cassabaum, 18:02; 36. Nicole Dewell, 18:24; 39. Erin Sellberg, 18:47; 40. Caroline Goecke, 19:03; 52. Emily Haywood, 19:47.

Boys (5-kilometer): 13. Lucas Markey, 18:19; 16. Zach Hansen, 18:32; 19. Evan Rix, 18:39; 21. Conner MacVey, 18:40; 24. Drew Barker, 18:43; 27. Johordan Ritter, 19:06; 29. Duncan Westphal, 19:09.

Class D – Colo-Nesco

Girls (4-kilometer): 31. Grace Stalzer, 19:28; 41. Stephanie Norris, 20:25; 44. Angela Brinkman, 20:47; 48. Leah Vincent, 21:18; 57. Caitlin Clark, 22:40.

Boys (5-kilometer): 4. Jordan Combes, 18:10; 11. Steven Cutler, 18:44; 45. Elliott Morgan, 21:23; 67. Caleb Vaughn, 24:11; 72. Kyle Miller, 25:03; 77. Ashton Graddick, 27:40.