Mustangs lead locals at Spartan Invite

GRUNDY CENTER – Nick Meling held off the field for an individual victory and the Class 2A No. 13 East Marshall boys cross country team topped the podium in Thursday’s 17th Spartan Invitational at Town & Country Golf Course.

Meling reached the chute in 16 minutes, 12 seconds – three seconds ahead of Dunkerton’s Jordan Yessak. The Mustangs had a winning tally of 60, while 1A’s No. 4 Hudson (74) and ninth-ranked Denver (81) took second and third. Aplington-Parkersburg (129) and host Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck (140) rounded out the top five.

Josh Terrones also capped the top-10 for East Marshall in 17:41, while Seth Kilborn (13th), Cameron Hungerford (15th) and Kevin Liera (21st) completed the team score.

The host Spartans got fifth and seventh-place performances from Finn Cleveland (17:17) and Dylan Hendricks (17:21) respectively. Max Schweppe was next for GC/GR in 33rd.

Ian Showers’ sixth-place finish of 17:18 led BCLUW to seventh in the field (161) and Grant Baker broke into the top-20 in 19th.

Austin Hutchins took 18th to pace South Hardin and Jacob Vanderwilt was 10 spots back as the Tigers wrapped up eighth at 194. North Tama capped the 13-team field at 354 getting its top race from Brian Zobel in 41st. Ethan Karsjen was GMG’s top representative and was two spots behind Zobel.

Mustangs edged by Denver

GRUNDY CENTER – A 1-2 sweep by Haley Fye and Melinda Puumala wasn’t enough to send East Marshall past Class 1A No. 12 Denver Thursday at the 17th Spartan Invitational at Town & Country Golf Course.

The Cyclones tallied 55 points, edging the Mustangs by eight. Fye covered the course in 19 minutes, 27 seconds – 40 seconds ahead of Puumala. Madi Duncan took 14th while Carrington Curphy and Cindy Liera also contributed to East Marshall’s scoring quintet in 25th and 30th respectively. All five of Denver’s scoring members finished in the top-19.

South Hardin corralled third with 89 points – five ahead of Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck, while GMG (177) took seventh, BCLUW grabbed eighth (185) and North Tama was 10th (249) out of as many squads.

Lydia Rose propelled the Tigers in fourth, hitting the line in 20:31. Jordan Carr garnered 13th, Megan Carr swiped 23rd and Kayla Anderson tallied 27th. Chloe Webb capped South Hardin’s scoring unit in 36th. Mellina Wrage and Lily Ehlers each cracked the top-10 to guide the host Spartans. Wrage reeled in ninth in 20:54, one second ahead of Ehlers in 10th. Cora Saak claimed 18th and Tiana Saak took 26th.

Kyla Wilkening spurred GMG in fifth clocking 20:31 and was 26 spots ahead of teammate Zoe Duncan. Amelia Tonner had BCLUW’s top finish in 24th and Madison Engle added a 35th-place tally. Kodi Hillman’s 39th-place outing led North Tama.