ZEARING - The Colo-NESCO boys finished second as a team and the Royal girls placed four runners in the top 20 at the first-ever Colo-NESCO Invitational Oct. 3 at the Dakins Lake Park.
“I am so excited to have a home meet under our belts,” Colo-NESCO head coach Tony Stalzer said. “We have gotten a lot of positive feedback from the teams about being able to run on a true cross country course. The course is scenic, it is viewer friendly, and I am happy that it was as fast as it has given the conditions being a new course. A huge thank you goes to Story County Conservation and Ranger Danny Simcox. Without their help and support this meet would not have happened.”
The Royal boys scored 53 points to edge Colfax-Mingo for second out of four teams. BCLUW won the boys’ team championship with 27 points and Greene Mountain scored 86.
“The boys are very steady and we are a competitive group,” Stalzer said. “The guys ran really well and getting second in our meet was a good accomplishment.”
Jacob Reischauer and Ryan Wonders both placed in the top 10 for the Royal boys. Reischauer ran a 5-kilometer time of 19 minutes, 30.08 seconds to take fifth and Wonders came in seventh at 19:45.04.
BCLUW’s Ruben Montoya and Henry Kaisand were the first two runners to cross the finish line in the boys’ race, finishing in 18:19.75 and 18:54.65 respectively.
Finishing just outside the top 10 for the Royal boys were Chevy Dunlap and Ben Rouse. Dunlap placed 13th in 20:29.94 and Rouse 14th in 20:49.56.
Brighton Clatt also scored for Colo-NESCO with a 26th-place time of 21:58.92. Shawn Gilbert came in 33rd at 22:56.94 and Luke Hill 35th in 23:00.82.
The Colo-NESCO girls took third with 63 points. Colfax-Mingo won the girls’ title with 31 points, North Tama took second with 43 and BGM came in fourth with 91.
“Our youth shows but the girls are understanding with every meet how to compete and run hard,” Stalzer said. “Our best days are yet ahead of us.”
Callie Kohlwes, Hanna Jamison, Lilianna Reyes and Katie Spalding all placed in the top 20 for the Royal girls. Kohlwes took 14th with a 5-kilometer showing of 25:57.47, Jamsion was right behind in 25:57.97 to finish 15th, Reyes placed 16th in 26:06.92 and Spalding ended up 18th in 26:24.80.
Maia Lundquist was the final Royal girl to score with a 23rd-place showing of 27:43.66. Sarah Brinkman ran a 29:33.00 to end up 30th and Emily Brinkman was 32nd in 30:03.44.
Colfax-Mingo’s Abbey McConeghey was the girls’ individual champion in 21:10.73. North Tama’s Jules Breckenridge placed second in 22:24.02.
Final team scores
Girls: 1. Colfax-Mingo 31 points, 2. North Tama 43, 3. Colo-NESCO 63, 4. BGM 91.
Boys: 1. BCLUW 27, 2 Colo-NESCO 53, 3. Colfax-Mingo 56, 4. Greene Mountain 86.
Individual results (5-kilometer) - Colo-NESCO
Girls: 14. Callie Kohlwes, 25:57.47; 15. Hanna Jamison, 25:57.97; 16. Lilianna Reyes, 26:06.92; 18. Katie Spalding, 26:24.80; 23. Maia Lundquist, 27:43.66; 30. Sarah Brinkman, 29:33.00; 32. Emily Brinkman, 30:03.44.
Boys: 5. Jacob Reischauer, 19:30.08; 7. Ryan Wonders, 19:45.04; 13. Chevy Dunlap, 20:29.94; 14. 20:49.56; 26. Brighton Clatt, 21:58.92; 33. Shawn Gilbert, 22:56.94; 35. Luke Hill, 23:00.82.