Bobcats competitive at Augustine Invitational

DES MOINES – Sometimes, the sixth man on a cross country team can be just as important as the first five runners whose times count for scores. On Thursday at the 61st Augustine Invitational, the Marshalltown boys’ cross country team learned just how true that was.

Zach Bitker’s 46th-place time of 20 minutes, 50.2 seconds was good enough to best Signorney’s Paul Montgomery and the Bobcats broke the fifth-place tie of 156 points to take fifth overall at Thursday’s meet.

Freshman runner Austin Shomo was fifth overall, running a time of 18:19 to lead the Bobcats. Luke Pedersen was 24th overall, running a 19:46.6 and Peyton Hilsabeck was 49th in with a time of 20:29.1.

Wyatt Demeyer was the fourth scorer for the Bobcats in 43rd with a time of 20:41.5, and Jack Gruening was 44th, with a time of 20:46.5.

Bitker just beat out 50th place Brandon Rangel, who ran his time in 21:16.8.

Southeast Polk won the meet with 48 points. Des Moines Lincoln was second with 64 and North Polk was third with 78 points.

Bobcat girls fifth at

Des Moines East meet

DES MOINES – The Marshalltown girls’ cross country team took fifth place at the 61st Augustine Invitational at Ewing Park on Thursday, scoring 142 points.

Sophomore Tanna Underhill once again led the way for the Bobcats, running a time of 23 minutes, 23.7 seconds, good enough for 20th place.

Senior Aspen Chadderdon was challenged by freshman Aida Almanza, who finished 26th and 27th respectively. Chaddedon ran a 24:40.8 while Almanza came through in 24:48.3.

Freshman Mia Barajas wasn’t far behind in 29th, coming through in 25:01.3. Freshman Jade Tejada bested teammate Hannah Shirar by one-tenth of a second to become the Bobcats final scorer, taking 41st place in a time of 27:38.0. Shirar ran a 27:38.1 for 42nd place.

Southeast Polk won the meet with 39 points as Kylie Latham of Ottumwa won the meet in a time of 20:20.5.

Mustang girls impress at South Hamilton invite

JEWELL – The East Marshall girls’ cross country was runner-up to only two ranked schools Thursday at the 2016 Jim Klein CC Invitational.

The Mustangs took third with 130 points, led by sophomore Melinda Puumala’s 11th-place time of 21 minutes, 49.76 seconds. Class 2A No. 5 Collins-Maxwell-Baxter won the meet with 45 points while Class 3A No. 2 Gilbert was second with 122 points.

Freshman Wendy Liera was second on the Mustang’s finishing roster, taking 24th overall in a time of 22:53.81. Cindy Liera was 28th, through in a time of 23:04.09.

Maddie Duncan grabbed a top-30 place, 30th overall in a time of 23:11.10 and Carrington Curphy was the fifth scorer for the Mustangs in 48th in a time of 23:53.48.

The West Marshall girls were fourth overall as a team with 148 points. They were spurred on by freshman Avril Sinning’s seventh-place time of 21:21.44. Shannon Breja was 35th, the second scorer for the Trojans, in a time of 23:27.83. Allison Hilleman was 38th and Grace Girard was 39th with times of 23:36.07 and 23:36.37, respectively.

Emma Pierce rounded out scoring for the West Marshall girls with a 41st-place finish in a time of 23:37.58.

With 170 points, the Colo-NESCO girls were eighth overall. Junior Alexis Britten was 15th with a time of 22:16.97. Faith Vincent helped the Royals’ efforts out with a 26th-place finish, through in a time of 22:55.39.

Senior Angela Brinkman was 33rd, running her race in a time of 23:25.52. Grace Stalzer was in 37th with a time of 23:34.82.

Shelby Smith was the fifth and final scorer for the Royals with a 75th-place finish, running a 25:19.65.

The Mustangs and Trojans each bested Class 1A No. 9 Panorama, which finished fifth and 1A No. 7 Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center which was sixth.

Mustangs, Trojans boys teams in the mix

JEWELL – The East Marshall boys’ cross country team took care of three ranked foes, while being beat by three more at a loaded 2-16 Jim Klein CC Invitational on Thursday.

The Mustangs took fourth overall, scoring 119 points – just two points back of third-place Class 1A No. 4 Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center – led by Nick Meling.

The senior harrier ran a time of 17 minutes, 27 seconds for a ninth-place finish. Teammate Cam Hungerford was right behind in 10th with a time of 17:28.

Seth Kilborn and Cade Curphy were No. 3 and No. 4 on the Mustang’s roster, finishing 27th and 31st, respectively. Kilborn ran a 18:13 while Curphy was close behind with an 18:26.

Paden Lang was the Mustangs’ fifth guy, running an 18:44, good enough for 42nd place.

East Marshall beat the likes of Class 2A No. 14 Ogden (fifth with 162 points), Class 1A No. 6 Panorama (seventh with 195 points) and 1A No. 8 Eagle Grove (ninth with 211 points).

The West Marshall boys did their best to chase down sophomore Edison Weig, who was 16th overall in a time of 17:37. Weig led the West Marshall boys to an 11th-place finish, scoring 283 points.

Seth Diser was 46th in a time of 18:47 while teammate John Hohnstein was 51st with a time of 18:58.

Mark VanMetre was the fourth runner for West Marshall, taking 80th in a time of 19:58, and James Roelsgard was the five-man, taking 90th in a time of 21:40.

The Colo-NESCO boys got junior runner Caleb Cobbs back, who took 13th overall in a time of 17:32. Cobbs had been away from the team for the past couple meets.

Cole Dulaney was the Royals’ No. 2 runner, finishing 65th with a time of 19:24. Ashton Graddick was 95th, coming through in 22:36 while Caleb Vaughn was 97th in a time of 23:11.

The No. 5, 6 and 7 runners (Shawn Gilbert, Christian Norris and Scott Miller) were all 99th through 101st, in times of 25:00, 25:01 and 25:02, respectively.