Nevada boys have strong showing at Nevada Invitational: Cubs place fourth out of 12 teams

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune

The Nevada boys' cross country team placed fourth out of 12 teams and the Cub girls took ninth out of 11 at the Nevada Invitational Sept. 27 at the Indian Creek Country Club in Nevada.

The Nevada boys scored 104 points to trail only North Polk (31 points), Gilbert (58) and East Marshall (70). North Polk was ranked third and Gilbert 17th in Class 3A and East Marshall 17th in 2A entering the meet.

Nevada's Rowan Steele and Rhett Harter run together as teammate Brian Rhode comes in behind them during the varsity boys' race at the Nevada Invitational Sept. 27 at the Indian Creek Country Club in Nevada. The Cubs ended up placing fourth out of 12 teams.

The Nevada girls finished with 229 points to edge out Baxter (232) and South Hardin (240) for ninth. Gilbert won the girls' team title with 47 points and North Polk, then ranked seventh in 3A, placed second with 62.

Colo-NESCO placed 12th in the boys' competition with 335 points. The Royal girls didn't have enough runners to qualify for team scoring after only three runners crossed the finish line.

Here is what we learned from Nevada and Colo-NESCO's performances at the meet:

Nevada boys have strong showing

The Nevada boys came up big on the first meet run on the ICCC course. Nevada only trailed the three ranked teams and beat West Marshall's fifth-place score by 59 points.

Three runners placed in the top 20 individually for the Nevada boys. Rhett Harter led the way by completing the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 53 seconds to place 13th.

Rowan Steele and Owen Freeman took 18th and 19th with respective times of 19:06 and 19:12. Brian Rhode finished 26th in 19:50 and Carter Holland 28th in 19:55.

"All of our guys have done really great," Harter said. "We've all been improving. This was our home meet and we definitely represented ourselves well."

Marcus Nelsen and Lucas Mills also ran varsity for Nevada. Nelsen took 38th in 20:46 and Mills 43rd in 21:26.

"Our varsity guys are going strong," Harter said. "We have a great chance to win conference. We're doing great all-around."

Cub girls hold steady 

The Nevada girls didn't place high in the team standings, but the Cubs were up against several talented teams.

Nevada freshman Aubrey Thompson ended up in 54th place during the Nevada Invitational Sept. 27 at the Indian Creek Country Club in Nevada.

Gilbert moved all the way up to fifth and North Polk went up to sixth in 3A after the meet. Roland-Story, the third-place team with 118 points, moved up to 12th in 2A and Collins-Maxwell — the fourth-place school with 133 points — was 19th in 1A after the meet.

Tessa Borwick continued to pace the Nevada girls with a 5k time of 24:03 and freshman Ava Vanderheyden clocked in at 24:09. Borwick placed 28th and Vanderheyden 32nd.

Freshman Aubrey Thompson finished 54th in 25:53. Natalie Barber took 62nd in 26:33 and freshman Avery Anderson 64th in 26:42 to complete the scoring for the Cub girls.

Seniors Savannah Skaggs and Briar Crain also ran varsity, completing the course in 26:43 and 26:47 to place 65th and 66th respectively.

North Polk's Liza Schaffer, ranked 23rd in 3A, won the girls' race in 20:30.

Colo-NESCO hangs tough

The Colo-NESCO boys were overmatched going up against several 3A and 2A runners.

Caleb Roberts ran a 22:11 to place 51st as the fastest Royal at the meet. Drew Banks and Alex Rouse finished 63rd and 64th respectively after they each crossed the finish line in 23:44.

Colo-NESCO's Alex Rouse and Drew Banks run together during the varsity boys' race at the Nevada Invitational Sept. 27 in Nevada.

Laine Golly and Asher Grover took 83rd and 84th for Colo-NESCO. Golly clocked in at 29:03 and Grover 30:10.

The Royal girls were led by sophomore Gemma Bower, who ran a 5k of 25:50 to take 52nd. 

Hannah Jamison and Maia Lundquist finished 76th and 77th for the Royal girls with respective times of 29:18 and 30:18.