Nevada boys take fifth at Mike Carr Invite, Colo-NESCO girls fourth at C-N Invitational

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Rowan Steele took 38th in Class B for the Nevada boys at the Mike Carr Invitational Sept. 13 in Huxley.

The Nevada boys placed fifth and the girls eighth in Class B at the prestigious Mike Carr Invitational cross country meet held at the Ballard Golf and Country Club in Huxley Sept. 13.

The Colo-NESCO girls finished fourth and boys fifth at the Colo-NESCO Invitational held at Dakins Lake near Zearing Sept. 16.

The Nevada boys scored 144 points to come in 20 points behind Atlantic's fourth-place score. A North Polk team ranked second in Class 3A won the Class B boys' title with 45 points, 12th-ranked Solon was runner-up with 53 and a Des Moines Christian squad rated sixth in 2A placed third with 77.

The Cub girls scored 219 points to place eighth out of 11 teams in Class B. Second-ranked (3A) Solon won with 36 points, ninth-ranked Ballard placed second with 60 and No. 4 North Polk took third with a score of 90.

The Colo-NESCO girls scored 103 points to best Colfax-Mingo's score of 135 for fourth at the Colo-NESCO Invite. South Hamilton won the girls' race with 40 points and North Tama (44 points) and West Marshall (45) were right behind.

The Royal boys tallied a team score of 124. Ankeny Christian Academy won the boys' title at Dakins Lake with 46 points and West Marshall was second with 53. 

Here are key takeaways from the two meets:

Nevada boys hold up well

The Nevada boys held their own against elite competition. The Cubs had two runners place in the top 20 and all five of their scored runners finished in the top 45 out of 81 runners.

Owen Freeman paced the Cub boys with a 5-kilometer time of 18:38.4 and Rhett Harter also clocked in under 19 minutes at 18:55.1. Freeman placed 17th individually and Harter came in 19th.

Rowan Steele completed the course in 19:33.7 to place 28th. Freshman Brian Rohde stepped up with a 36th-place time of 20:09.6 and sophomore Frank Engstrom took 44th in 20:46.8

Sophomore Lucas Mills missed the scoring cut for the Cub boys with a 58th-place time of 22:21.0.

Des Moines Christian's Aaron Fynaardt and Carson Houge, the second and top-ranked individual runners in 2A, ran the two fastest Class B times at the Mike Carr Invite with respective times of 16:16.3 and 16:31.9.

Cub girls show improvement

Nevada freshmen Aubrey Thompson (front) and Ava Vanderheyden took 40th and 42nd respectively in Class B at the Mike Carr Invitational Sept. 13 in Huxley.

The Nevada girls are slowly putting things together. A young Cub team had three runners finish in the top 50 out of 73 runners.

Senior Tessa Borwick led the Nevada girls with a 36th-place time of 24:40.4. Freshmen Aubrey Thompson and Ava Vanderheyden finished 40th and 42nd with respective times of 25:09.6 and 25:18.7.

Another Cub freshmen, Evelyn Anderson, just missed placing in the top 50 with a 51st-place time of 26:37.1 and Bridget Cahill was right behind her with a 52nd-place time of 26:37.6.

Ballard's Paityn Noe, the No. 1 runner 3A, beat all the runners from both Classes A and B with a time of 19:33.2.

Four Royal girls place in top 25

Colo-NESCO had four runners finish in the top 25 at the Colo-NESCO Invitational. 

Callie Kohlwes and Gemma Bower continued to run neck-and-neck as the lead Royal runners with respective 5k times of 26:48.11 and 26:49.82. Kohlwes placed 16th and Bower 17th.

Hannah Jamison and Katie Spalding took 23rd and 24th for the Royals. Both finished in under 30 minutes, with Jamison running a 28:36.61 and Spalding a 29:58.79.

Freshman Lily Stalzer was the final runner to score points for the Colo-NESCO girls, placing 37th in 36:09.34.

North Tama's Grace Lidgett and Jules Breakenridge, ranked 10th and 29th respectively in 1A, were the first two runners to cross the finish line in the girls' race. Lidgett won in 21:38.56 and Breakenridge placed second in 22:50.24.

Roberts has big race for C-N boys

Caleb Roberts

Sophomore Caleb Roberts stood out in a big way for the Colo-NESCO boys at the home meet.

Roberts placed 10th individually for the Royals. He ran a 5k time of 21:27.59, coming in less than 20 seconds from finishing in the top seven.

West Marshall's Nicholas Thompson, ranked 18th individually in 2A, easily won the boys' race at Dakins Lake after completing the course in 18:31.68.