Key takeaways from Nevada and Colo-NESCO cross country results from last week

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Owen Freeman

The Nevada cross country teams competed at the Pella Invitational at the Central College Cross Country Course in Pella Saturday and Colo-NESCO ran at the Madrid Invitational in Madrid Sept. 2. Here are the key takeaways from the two meets:

Nevada boys have steady showing

The Cub boys took seventh out of 16 teams.  Nevada scored 212 points to edge Oskaloosa by seven points for seventh. North Polk and Pella, the second and fourth-ranked teams in Class 3A, took first and second at the meet with respective scores of 48 and 71.

Freeman, Harter keep it under 19

Owen Freeman and Rhett Harter both ran sub-19 minute 5-kilometer times for the Nevada boys. Freeman led the Cubs with a 28th-place time of 18:46.8. Harter clocked in at 18:52.8 to place 35th. Rowan Steele was just over 19 minutes, placing 45th in 19:07.0.

Cub girls are a work in progress

The Nevada girls placed last out of six teams in the Large School race with 177 points. Fourth-ranked North Polk beat sixth-ranked Pella for the girls' title with 34 points to the Little Dutch's 44. 

Freshman Vanderhayden leads Cub girls

Ava Vanderhayden

Freshman Ava Vanderhayden stepped up to lead the Nevada girls at Pella. Vanderhayden took 37th with a 5k time of 25:25.6. Bridgett Cahill and Briar Crain were 51st and 52nd with respective times of 26:29.4 and 26:52.3.

Colo-NESCO boys take fifth, girls sixth at Madrid

The Colo-NESCO boys came in fifth out of five teams at the Madrid Invitaional with 103 points. The Royal girls were last out of six teams with 109 points, coming in just three points behind BGM. Madrid won the girls' team title with 53 points and Ogden took first in the boys' race with a score of 27.

Kohlwes, Bower have strong races for C-N girls

Callie Kohlwes

Callie Kohlwes and Gemma Bower took 16th and 17th individually for the Colo-NESCO girls. They ran respective times of 24:50 and 24:52.

Rouse, Roberts place in top 20 for Royal boys

Ben Rouse

Ben Rouse took 15th in 20:08 and Caleb Roberts 19th in 20:20 as the first Colo-NESCO boys to cross the finish line. Alex Rouse finished just outside the top 20 with a 21st-place time of 20:32.