Nevada boys repeat as HOIC champions: Cub boys win conference meet by 39 points over Greene County

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Owen Freeman

The Nevada boys' cross country team brought home the Heart of Iowa Conference championship for the second year in a row.

The Cubs won the boys' race at the HOIC cross country meet at the Jewell Golf Club in Jewell Oct. 11 with a dominant performance.

Nevada placed four runners in the top seven and five in the top 11. The Cub boys scored 32 points to easily beat Greene County's runner-up score of 71 among the seven competing teams at the conference meet.

The Nevada girls placed fourth out of seven schools with a score of 110. A Roland-Story team ranked 16th in Class 2A won the girls' team title with 25 points and a South Hamilton squad ranked 15th in 1A took second with 62 points.

The Cub girls had two runners place in the top 15.

Colo-NESCO ran at the Iowa Star Conference cross country meet Oct. 14 at the Wartburg College course in Waverly. 

The Royal boys placed fourth out of seven schools with 115 points and the girls were fourth out of five scored teams with a score of 106. Valley Lutheran, the No. 4 team in 1A, won the boys' team title with 21 points and Collins-Maxwell, ranked 20th, took first in the girls' race with a score of 39.

Here is what we learned from the two conference meets:

Cub boys make a statement

Nevada clearly established itself as the top boys' program in the HOIC. Nevada turned in the third, fifth, sixth, seventh and 11th-place individual times in the boys' race to outclass the rest of the field by a comfortable margin.

Owen Freeman led Nevada with a third-place 5-kilometer time of 17 minutes, 35 seconds. Freeman just edged out Perry's Fithawi Andemichael, who also ran a 17:35, for the bronze medal.

Rhett Harter completed the course in 18:09 to place fifth. Rowan Steele took sixth in 18:25, Carter Holland seventh in 18:26 and Brian Rohde 11th in 19:16.

Nick Frideres didn't make the scoring cut for Nevada, but he did place in the top 20 with a 19th-place time of 19:50. Lucas Mills also ran varsity and placed 28th with a time of 20:18.

West Marshall's Nicolas Thompson, ranked 19th in Class 1A, won the boys' race in 17:21. Roland-Story's Nathan Limas, rated 21st in 2A, took second with a time of 17:28.

Thompson steps up for Cub girls 

Freshman Aubrey Thompson picked a good time to lead the Nevada girls for the first time this season. Thompson came in 12th with 5k time of 22:55.

Aubrey Thompson

Tessa Borwick also placed in the top 15 for the Cub girls. Borwick finished 15th after crossing the finish line in 23:15.

Ava Vanderheyden took 24th in 24:07, Evelyn Anderson 28th in 24:33 and Avery Anderson 35th in 25:24 to round out the scoring for the Nevada girls. Savannah Skaggs also ran a 25:24 to place 36th and Briar Crain was 37th in 25:27 as the other varsity competitors for the Cubs.

Roland-Story's Lauryn Kilstofte, ranked 23rd in 2A, won was the individual HOIC girls' champion with a time of 20:28. Kilstofte's teammates Claire Truesdell and Reece Johnson placed second and third with respective times of 20:56 and 21 minutes flat.

Rouse, Kohlwes lead Colo-NESCO

Alex Rouse and Callie Kohlwes were the top individual runners for Colo-NESCO at the ISC meet.

Callie Kohlwes

Rouse completed the 5k course at Wartburg in 19:58 to place 21st during the boys' race. Caleb Roberts came in 25th in 20:13, Ben Rouse 32nd in 21:06, Brad Thomas 35th in 21:39 and Drew Banks 36th in 21:42 to make up the scored runners for Colo-NESCO.

Asher Grover finished 47th in 22:52 and Laine Golly 52nd in 24:01 for the Royal boys.

Callie Kohlwes was the first Royal to finish the girls' race. She crossed the finish line in 24:33 to place 22nd.

Gemma Bower was right behind Kohlwes with a 23rd-place time of 24:36. Hannah Jamison and Maia Lundquist took 29th and 30th with respective times 25:34 and 25:45.

Sarah Brinkman was the final runner to earn points for the Royal girls with a 37th-place time of 27:06. Katie Spalding ended up 38th in 27:21 and Mea Skinner 46th in 30:08.