COLO - South Hardin junior Tim Rose injured his knee during last year's basketball season and was told he may never be able to run again.
Well, Rose is running and, by the looks of it, is doing just fine.
Rose won his first-ever varsity cross country meet Monday when he edged West Marshall's Nathan Bradley at the Nevada Invitational at Hickory Grove Park.
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West Marshall’s Cole White placed 17th overall at the Nevada Invitational at Hickory Grove Park on Monday. The Trojans won the Class B team standings by seven points over East Marshall.
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East Marshall’s Ben Terrones, right, and BCLUW’s Derek Coulter finished sixth and seventh, respectively, at the Nevada Invitational on Monday. The Mustangs took second overall as a team, while BCLUW was fourth.
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"That was a good race, and I have never won a cross country race before so that was exciting," Rose said. "(Bradley) beat me last year at conference. So this win gives me confidence going forward."
Times for the Class B boys race were not available at press time, but Rose reportedly scored a personal-best time of less than 17 minutes in the race. Bradley ended up second, and his West Marshall Trojans won the event with 80 points.
"We have always liked this course," West Marshall coach Brian Weig said. "We knew we were running against some conference schools and the guys wanted to put it all together tonight. We were able to do that. Our one through seven guys all ran really well today."
Team Standings - 1. Gilbert 69; 2. Grinnell 74; 3. Dallas Center-Grimes 93; 4. North Polk 128; 5. Ballard 137; 6. Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR 145; 7. South Tama 149; 8. Nevada 194; 9. Norwalk 228; 10. Carlisle 248; 11. Winterset 276.
Individual (top 10) - 1. Thomas Pollard, GIL, 15:26; 2. Isaac Montes, IFA-AGWSR, 15:57; 3. Wesley Greder, Gilbert, 16:02; 4. Josh Prohaska, DCG, 16:07; 5. Peter Smith, NP, 16:22; 6. Josh Kidman, DCG, 16:51; 7. Noah Wheeler, BAL, 16:52; 8. Isaac McFee, GRN, 16:57; 9. Luc Moisan, GRN, 17:01; 10. Robert Tyynismaa, STC, 17:01.01.
South Tama (149) - 10. Tyynismaa, 17:01.01; 13. Brady Ellenbecker, 17:11; 24. Blake Keller, 17:33; 36. Surrell Youngbear, 18:01; 66. Isaias De Latorre, 19:11.
Team Standings - 1. West Marshall 80; 2. East Marshall 87; 3. South Hamilton 99; 4. BCLUW 102; 5. South Hardin 102; 6. Roland-Story 106; 7. Madrid 190; 8. Prairie Valley 191; 9. Collins-Maxwell-Baxter 193.
Individual (top 10) - 1. Tim Rose, South Hardin; 2. Nathan Bradley, WM; 3. Jacob Heeren, South Hamilton; 4. Aaron Ward, CMB; 5. Cassidy Warson, MAD; 6. Ben Terrones, EM; 7. Derek Coulter, BCLUW; 8. Austin McCool, WM; 9. Levi Cook, South Hardin; 10. Ben Kuhl, BCLUW.
West Marshall (80) - 2. Bradley; 8. McCool; 17. Cole White; 21. Tanner Arnold; 32. Adam Sodders.
East Marshall (87) - 6. Terrones; 11. Caleb Benzing; 18. Rob Petrie; 22. Drew Schossow; 30. Seth Webb.
BCLUW (102) - 7. Coulter; 10. Kuhl; 16. Clark Jackley; 34. Tanner Teske; 35. Branden Storjohann.
South Hardin (102) - 1. Rose; 9. Cook; 13. John Stanish; 39. Micah Dorow; 40. Cody King.
Colo-NESCO (232) - 27. Steven Cutler; 37. Tait Vaughn; 50. Josh Morrow; 58. Kyle Miller; 63. Zach Brown.
GMG - 45. Jeff Hughes; 65. Colin Crumrine.
It was the second title of the season for West Marshall. The Trojans also won the Gilbert meet and have never won two meets this early in the season, according to Weig.
East Marshall was right behind in second place with 87 points. BCLUW and South Hardin both tied for fourth place, but the Comets won on a tiebreaker. Colo-NESCO was 10th in the team standings as well.
South Tama County also competed but was the lone area squad in the Class A race. And the Trojans ended up seventh out of 11 teams.
Leading the way for the Trojans were Robert Tyynismaa in 10th and Brady Ellenbecker in 13th.
Bradley was second overall behind Rose in the Class B race, but his teammates also carried their weight in helping West Marshall earn the team win.
Austin McCool ran a personal-best time and finished in eighth, while Cole White was 17th, Tanner Arnold was 21st and Adam Sodders was the final scoring place in 32nd. Nate Byerly and Isaac Trujillo also ran for West Marshall and placed 38th and 46th, respectively.
"Nathan did not feel right with about a half-mile to go," Weig said. "He was a little woozy out there. But he'll be all right. He was running really fast to that point. Austin continues to just run amazing for us."
East Marshall's top finisher was Ben Terrones in sixth place, and Caleb Benzing was 11th. Rob Petrie also placed in the top 20 with an 18th-place finish and Drew Schossow was 22nd. The final scorer was Seth Webb in 30th.
"We have been close with West Marshall all season, and each of us have beaten each other," East Marshall coach Christian Grandgenett said. "It's good competition. The win was there tonight for us, but we didn't have enough."
BCLUW and South Hardin both finished with 102 points.
The Comets' top finisher was Derek Coulter (ranked No. 30 in Class 1A) in seventh, while Ben Kuhl was 10th and Clark Jackley ended up 16th. The final two scorers were side-by-side as Tanner Teske and Branden Storjohann were 34th and 35th, respectively.
Rose led South Hardin and its next best finishers were Levi Cook in ninth and John Stanish in 13th. It was the fourth through seventh runners that caused a lower team finish. Micah Dorow and Cody King were side-by-side in 39th and 40th and Logan Roling was 42nd.
"My top three ran really well." South Hardin coach Mike Olson said. "We have got to get our four and five runners closer to the top. I would have liked to have finished higher tonight."
Colo-NESCO scored 232 points overall and its top runner was freshman Steven Cutler in 27th. Tait Vaughn was 37th and Josh Morrow ended up 50th.
GMG also ran in the meet but did not have enough runners for a team score. The Wolverines' top runner was Jeff Hughes in 45th place.
In the Class A race, Class 2A No. 8 Gilbert won the team title with 69 points, while Class 3A No. 6 Grinnell was second with 74. South Tama County finished with 149 points, which was just four points behind Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR.
"We have to get a solid performance from everyone on the same night, but we are starting to run well at the right time," South Tama coach George Kuhter said. "We treat this meet like a min-district meet."
If it were a district meet, Tyysnismaa would have qualified for state in 10th. Ellenbecker was 13th overall, and Blake Keller was 24th. Surrell Youngbear and Isaias De Latorre also scored for the Trojans in 36th and 66th overall.
Tyynismaa and Ellenbecker have been neck-and-neck all season
Also running in the Class A race Monday was AGWSR student Isaac Montes. Montes was second overall and trailed Gilbert's Thomas Pollard by 31 seconds. Pollard is ranked No. 3 in Class 2A.