Takeaways from Colo-NESCO's opening cross country meet: Royals run at Spartan Earlybird Invite

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Caleb Roberts

The Colo-NESCO cross country teams opened the season by running at the Spartan Earlybird Invitational held at the Center Grove Orchard near Maxwell Aug. 26.

Here are takeaways from the Royals' performance at the meet:

The boys are still good

The Colo-NESCO boys' cross country team lost top runners from last year in Jacob Reischauer, Ryan Wonders and Chevy Dunlap. Even without them the Royals still placed third out of eight teams at the Spartan Earlybird meet. They scored 85 points to come in behind only Grand View Christian (49 points) and Collins-Maxwell (56).

Kohlwes is back to competing at a high level

Callie Kohlwes

Junior Callie Kohlwes had to miss the back half of the softball season due to an injury. She proved she's back and ready to compete at the Spartan Earlybird meet. Kohlwes led the Colo-NESCO girls with a 20th-place 5-kilometer time of 20 minutes, 37 seconds.

Sophomores standout

Each Colo-NESCO team had a sophomore standout. Caleb Roberts led the Royal boys with an 11th-place 5k time of 21:43.8. Gemma Bower, who missed her entire freshman year with an injury, finished right behind Kohlwes in the girls' race with a 21st-place time of 27:40.9. Drew Banks took 16th overall in 22:40.3 during the boys' race as another sophomore stepping up for the Royals.

The Royal boys have quality depth

In addition to Roberts and Banks the twin tandem of seniors Ben and Alex Rouse also placed in the top 20 for the Colo-NESCO boys. Ben took 12th in 21:58.5 and Alex came in 18th at 22:55.3. Brad Thomas, the fifth and final scored runner for the Royals, wasn't too far behind the lead pack. Thomas ran a 24:03.3 to place 28th.