Nevada boys place third at North Polk Invitational

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Owen Freeman

The Nevada cross country teams participated in the North Polk Invitational Oct. 4 at the North Polk High School in Alleman and Colo-NESCO ran  South Hamilton Invitational Oct. 7 at the Jewell Golf Club in Jewell.

The Nevada boys turned in a strong third-place showing at North Polk. The Cubs lost a tiebreaker with Bondurant-Farrar for second after both teams scored 65 points.

North Polk, the third-ranked team in Class 3A, easily won the boys' race with a perfect score of 15 after producing the top five indvidiual runners.

The Nevada girls placed seventh out of eight teams with 166 points. North Polk, ranked eighth in 3A, was also dominant in the girls' race in scoring 19 points after producing the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth-place individual runners.

Colo-NESCO placed eighth in both races at the South Hamilton Invitational.

The Royal girls scored 208 points and the boys finished with 215 points. 

Roland-Story, ranked 15th in Class 2A, defeated an ACGC team rated 11th in 1A by 33 points for first out of eight teams in the girls' race. Roland-Story scored 45 points to ACGC's 78.

ACGC won the boys' team championship. The No. 2 team in 1A scored 39 points to beat East Marshall's score of 55 for first out of eight teams.

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

Nevada boys coming on strong

Nevada went neck-and-neck with a solid Bondurant-Farrar team. All five scored runners for the Cubs placed in the top 20.

Owen Freeman led the way with a seventh-place 5-kilometer time of 18 minutes, 23 seconds. Carter Holland came in 13th at 18:54, Rowan Steele 15th at 19:06, Brian Rohde 19th at 19:23 and Rhett Harter 20th at 19:27.

North Polk's Zach Sporaa, ranked sixth individually in 3A, won the boys' individual title with a time of 16:22. His twin brother Max, ranked ninth, was second in 16:35.

The Nevada girls were led by freshman Ava Vanderheyden, who placed 32nd with a 5k time of 24:30.  Freshman Avery Anderson ran a 25:24 to take 42nd, Natalie Barber and Briar Crain were 52nd and 53rd with respective times of 25:57 and 26:01 and Savannah Skaggs came in 56th at 26:13.

Ava Vanderheyden

North Polk's Liza Schaffer, rated 22nd individually, won the girls' race on her home turf with a time of 19:57.

Three Royals place in top 40 at Jewell

Caleb Roberts ran a 33rd-place time of 20:28 for the Colo-NESCO boys at the South Hamilton Invitational. 

Caleb Roberts

Ben Rouse, Alex Rouse and Drew Banks took 59th, 60th and 61st respectively after they each finished in 22 minutes flat. Brad Thomas was 81st in 23:37.

Gema Bower and Callie Kohlwes placed 39th and 40th for the Colo-NESCO girls with respective times of 25:01 and 25:03.

Hannah Jamison took 50th in 26:49, Sarah Brinkman 58th in 28:43 and Katie Spalding 59th in 28:53 for the Royal girls.

ACGC's Tevin Suhr, ranked fourth in 1A, won the boys' race in 16:45, North Polk's Lauryn Kilstofte, rated 22nd in 2A, took the girls' individual title in 20:56.