ZEARING - The Colo-NESCO boys’ cross country team turned in a strong third-place showing and the Royal girls finished fourth at the Iowa Star Conference meet Oct. 17 at the Dakins Lake Park near Zearing.

The Colo-NESCO boys scored 104 points to come in behind only Valley Lutheran’s winning score of 69 and Collins-Maxwell’s runner-up effort of 78 among 10 scored teams. The Royals excelled despite not having No. 2 runner Ryan Wonders available.

Jacob Reischauer placed in the top 10 individually to give the Colo-NESCO boys an all-conference runner. Reischauer took sixth with a 5-kilometer time of 19 minutes, 11 seconds.

With Wonders out with an illness Chevy Dunlap stepped into the second spot for the Royals and just missed the all-conference mark. Dunlap finished 11th in 19:38.

Ben Rouse took 25th in 20:18, Luke Hill 29th in 20:44 and Shawn Gilbert 33rd in 31:04 as the other runners to score for the Royals. Brighton Clatt came in 37th at 21:11.

“I couldn’t be any happier with the way our boys ran,” Colo-NESCO head coach Tony Stalzer said. “They really got after it and did a great job. Jacob Reischauer ran a really gutty race after being sick this week. He sucked it up for the team and to put all the hard work he has put in over the summer and this fall to work to be all-conference.”

Baxter’s Logan Berg easily won the boys’ individual championship in 17:54. Collins-Maxwell’s Kyle Vanderwal took second in 18:39.

In the girls’ race there were only five teams that qualified for team scoring. Colo-NESCO scored 124 points to beat Riceville by 27 points for the fourth spot.

“Our girls ran fantastic last night,” Stalzer said. “They have been working really hard this season and each meet is one step closer to where we want to be. I am very happy where we are going into the state qualifying meet.”

Callie Kohlwes placed in the top 15 individually for the Royal girls with a 5-kilometer time of 23:43. Liliana Reys came in 24th in 24:53, Hanna Jamison 26th in 25:18, Katie Spalding 27th in 25:37 and Maia Lundquist 33rd in 26:40 as the other runners to earn points for the Colo-NESCO girls.

Emily and Sarah Brinkman came in 42nd and 43rd respectively to round out the varsity competition for the Colo-NESCO girls. Emily clocked in at 29:26 and Sarah at 29:47.

Janesville’s Paige Feldman ran a 21:12 to win the girls’ individual conference title. North Tama’s Jules Breckenridge took second in 21:47.

Collins-Maxwell was the ISC girls’ team champion with 53 points. North Tama came in second with 91 points and Baxter third with 102.

Collins-Maxwell will run its Class 1A state qualifying meet today at Marshalltown. The meet begins at 4:30 p.m.

Final team scores

Girls: 1. Collins-Maxwell 53 points, 2. North Tama 91, 3. Baxter 102, 4. Colo-NESCO 124, 5. Riceville 151.

Boys: 1. Valley Lutheran 69, 2. Collins-Maxwell 78, 3. Colo-NESCO 104, 4. Don Bosco 154, 5. Clarksville 167, 6. Dunkerton 179, 7. Baxter 186, 8. GMG 190, 9. Tripoli 206, 10. Meskwaki 222.

Individual results (5-kilometer) - Colo-NESCO

Girls: 14. Callie Kohlwes, 23:43; 24. Liliana Reyes, 24:53; 26. Hanna Jamison, 25:18; 27. Katie Spalding, 25:37; 33. Maia Lundquist, 26:40; 42. Emily Brinkman, 29:26; 43. Sarah Brinkman, 29:47.

Boys: 6. Jacob Reischauer, 19:11; 11. Chevy Dunlap, 19:38; 25. Ben Rouse, 20:18; 29; Luke Hill, 20:44; 33. Shawn Gilbert, 31:04; 37. Brighton Clatt, 21:11.