Nevada boys win HOIC title: Meineck, Elliott-Rude place in top 10 for Cub girls

Joe Randleman
Nevada Journal
Owen Freeman
Tori Meinecke
Luis Lopez
Eleanor Elliott-Rude

DES MOINES - The Nevada boys brought home a conference championship and the Cub girls had two runners place in the top 10 at the Heart of Iowa Conference cross country meet Monday at Saydel High School in Des Moines. 

The Nevada boys had four runners earn all-conference honors with top-10 finishes. The Cubs scored 36 points to beat Greene County by 25 points for first out of seven scored teams.

  “Winning the conference championship has been our goal since finishing third last year,” Nevada head boys’ cross country coach James Mills said. “It feels great to meet those expectations.”

Owen Freeman just missed out on winning an individual title for Nevada. Freeman crossed the finish line of the 5-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 45.64 seconds to just lose out to West Marshall’s Nicholas Thompson, who ran a 17:44.91, in a photo finish.

Luis Lopez was close behind Thompson and Freeman in third place for Nevada. Lopez completed the course in 17:52.14. 

Freshmen Carter Holland Rhett Harter were the other all-conference runners for the boys. Holland took seventh in 18:43.98 and Franzen eighth in 18:48.70.

Nick Frideres also picked up points for the Cub boys with a 16th-place time of 19;35.24. Freshman Rowan Steele came in 20th at 19:41.29 and Elliot Frideres was 23rd in 20:09.86.

“We had a number of great individual performances up and down the roster,” Mills said. “Our top four runners all ran their best times of the season. They stepped it up when it counted - I really admire their tenacity.”

In the girls’ race Nevada scored 72 points to just miss out on second after coming in eight points behind Prairie City-Monroe. Roland-Story, the No. 4 team in Class 2A, easily won the girls’ conference title with 29 points.

“We knew R-S was going to be very tough to catch and it would take our best shot to finish runner-up,” Nevada head girls’ cross country coach Shawn Crain said. “The girls did all they could out there and I'm very proud of them.”

Tori Meinecke and Eleanor Elliott-Rude were the two Cub girls finish in the top 10 as all-conference runners.

Meinecke clocked in with a 5k time of 21:15.50 to place second behind Roland-Story’s Reece Johnson. Johnson, ranked eighth individually in 2A, ran a 20:53.28.

Elliott-Rude ended up sixth for the Nevada girls with a strong time of 22:11.47.

Allison Kruzich finished 14th for the Cub girls in 23:33.36. Bridget Cahill was 21st in 24:22.98 and Grace Cahill 29th in 24:57.97 to wrap up the Cub scoring.

Natalie Barber and Briar Crain also ran varsity for the Nevada girls. Barber took 31st in 25:17.84 and Crain 35th in 25:38.05.


Final team scores

Girls: 1. Roland-Story 29 points, 2. PCM 64, 3. Nevada 72, 4. West Marshall 83, 5. South Hamilton 103, 6. Saydel 167.

Boys: 1. Nevada 36, 2. Greene County 61, 3. South Hamilton 65, 4. Roland-Story 80, 5. West Marshall 150, 6. Saydel 157, 7. PCM 169.


Individual results (5-kilometer) - Nevada 

Girls: 2. Tori Meinecke, 21:15.50; 6. Eleanor Elliott-Rude, 22:11.47; 14. Allison Kruzich, 23:33.36; 21. Bridget Cahill, 24:22.98; 29. Grace Cahill, 24:54.97; 31. Natalie Barber, 25:17.84; 35. Briar Crain, 25:38.05. 

Boys: 2. Owen Freeman, 17:45.64; 3. Luis Lopez, 17:52.14; 7. Cater Holland 18:43.98; 8. Rhett Harter, 18:48.70; 16. Nick Frideres, 19:35.24; 20. Rowan Steele, 19:41.29; 23. Elliot Frideres, 20:09.86.