Nevada boys place second at Norsemen Invitational: Colo-NESCO boys take sixth at WM Invitational

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Owen Freeman

The Nevada cross country teams competed at the Norsemen Invitational in Story City Sept. 23 and Colo-NESCO ran at the West Marshall Invitational in State Center Sept. 21.

The Nevada boys turned in an impressive runner-up effort at the River Bend Golf Course. The Cub girls came in fifth.

The Nevada boys scored 76 points to finish just 12 points behind Ogden's winning score of 64 in the 11-team field.

The Cub girls tallied a score of 128 to win a tiebreaker with Ogden for fifth out of nine scored teams. Roland-Story dominated the girls' competition with 29 points, Bondurant-Farrar was second with 78, South Hamilton took third with 104 and Kuemper Catholic placed fourth with 114.

The Colo-NESCO boys took sixth out of seven teams at the Lincoln Valley Golf Course. The Royal girls were ineligible for team scoring after running only four runners.

Here is what we learned from how the Cubs and Royals ran last week:

Nevada boys have tight spread

The Nevada boys had a 57-second spread between their first and fifth runners at Story City. Only 17 seconds separated the top three Cub runners.

Owen Freeman placed 11th with a 5-kilometer time of 18 minutes, 18 seconds as the first Cub boy to cross the finish line. Carter Holland placed 12th in 18:32, Rhett Harter 13th in 18:35, Rowan Steele 19th in 19:05 and Brian Rohde 21st in 19:15.

Kuemper Catholic's Michael Pottebaum was the boys' individual champion at Story City with a time of 16:56.

Cub girls make big strides

Tessa Borwick

After finishing near the bottom of team standings at multiple meets the Nevada girls placed near the middle of the pack at the Norsemen Invitational.

The Nevada girls had two runners place in the top 15 and two more end up in the top 40.

Tessa Borwick and Ava Vanderheyden led the Cub girls with respective 5k times of 22:48 and 22:51. Borwick placed 14th and Vanderheyden 15th.

Aubrey Thompson came in 29th at 23:43, Evelyn Anderson 40th at 24:53 and Bridget Cahill 47th at 25:24. Savannah Skaggs took 49th in 25:36 to just miss the scoring cut.

Roland-Story's Lauryn Kilstofte won the girls' race in 20:39.

Royal boys have solid top three

Three Colo-NESCO boys' runners placed in the top 20 at the West Marshall Invitational.

Caleb Roberts

Caleb Roberts ran a 20:07 to finish 14th. The twin tandem of Ben and Alex Rouse took 19th and 20th with respective times of 20:49 and 20:50.

The Royal boys need to close the gap a little bit between those top three runners and the rest of the field. Drew Banks finished 31st in 22:36 as the fourth Colo-NESCO runner to complete the course and Bradley Thomas was 36th in 23:10.

Kohlwes and Bower run well 

Though the Colo-NESCO girls couldn't compete in the team scoring, the Royals received steady individual efforts out of Callie Kohlwes and Gemma Bower.

Kohlwes and Bower continue to run neck-and-neck with each other and place in the top 25 at meets for the Royal girls. Kohlwes placed 24th in 24:40 and Bower came in 25th at 24:41.

Hannah Jamison and Mea Skinner were the other two Colo-NESCO girls to run. Jamison ended up 31st in 25:48 and Skinner 36th in 31:26.