Comets win behind Silver’s silver

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON - BCLUW senior Caleb Silver, left, points to the sky as he crosses the finish line to place second individually at the South Tama County Invite on Monday.

TAMA — It was a gathering of area cross country teams at the South Tama County Invitational on Monday evening, as eight of the nine squads in the area were in action on the STC course.

On the boys side there was a talented group of runners all vying for the top area honors, and it was BCLUW senior Caleb Silver who took the top local spot, finishing second with a time of 18 minutes, seven seconds.

Silver beat out the likes of GMG junior Jackson Edens, who placed third, and East Marshall senior Cade Curphy, who came in fifth.

“It’s kind of like a friendly rivalry, we are all friends and it’s fun to see them up there and you know you want to push hard and try to beat them and get those bragging rights,” Silver said of beating his local rivals.

BCLUW head coach Donna Fiscus said because of the new course out at the high school instead of the usual spot at Otter Creek Lake and Park she told Silver to go run as well as he could.

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON - East Marshall runner Cade Curphy, behind, makes a push toward the finish line during the South Tama County Invite on Monday.

“I told him not to go by time on this course because I was watching the runners too and it’s marked so you are going to cut and hit different areas because there’s not a lot of adults watching the course,” she said. “I told him not to worry about time but worry about placing, and he ran a smart race and placed second and I was impressed with him totally.”

While Silver was the top Comet finisher he wasn’t the only one who ran a good race, as Ruben Montoya finished in seventh place with a time of 19:10 and Henry Kaisand placed 10th with a time of 19:34.

Neifer Ralston and Treye Teske both also placed in the top 25 for BCLUW, leading to the Comets taking first overall with a team score of 60.

All four of the next finishers behind Silver came in within a minute and a half of each other, and Fiscus said that proves they got her pre-meet message.

“I said to them, ‘pack running is what we have to get in our brains,’ because if we pack run individually we will do well and we will do well as a team,” Fiscus said. “It just makes you more comfortable too because you practice that way, so why not just turn that into the meet. They did a good job of that, I was pleased when I saw the where our top five were. I was like, ‘wow, that’s exciting.'”

There was quite a difference to the course at STC high school than the one at Otter Creek, particularly on the last mile that features many uphill and downhill segments.

“It was a tough course so it’s good to see what you can do on something like this,” Fiscus said. “You don’t have a lot of different hills that make it so you can use momentum, I think a lot of it you had to propel yourself so it’s a tough one. But that’s OK because it was tough for everybody, and I’m really happy with them.”

Silver said while he wasn’t sure what to expect at the course, he did get some practice in for future meets.

“It was different, something you just have to take to those next courses,” he said. “Those hills, they were tough, but you know that’s what you have to use for your advantage. You have to push up them because those guys are going to want to just take it easy and dog those hills, but definitely just push up those hills and use that.”

East Marshall was the next-best team finisher with a score of 101. Curphy led the way with his fifth-place finish and his time of 18:51, while Trevor Taul placed 12th with a time of 19:45 and Korbin Seth came in 19th with a time of 20:07.

Mustang head coach Trent Taylor said it was a good race from his guys, even though they were missing Cam Hungerford.

“We are dealing with some injuries, Cam didn’t run tonight and that’s part of this gruelling sport that a lot of people might not understand,” Taylor said. “I am very pleased with what some of my middle boys are doing right now too. We are going to need that if we are going to have a shot. We just have to get some times down in the 17’s, we need a couple in the 17’s and the rest of our top 5 in the 18’s. We are making progress but we are a third of the way through the season so the amount of opportunities are getting less and less.”

Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck took third as a team with a score of 103. Top Spartan runner Derek Ciddio got off to a good start but suffered an ankle injury midway through the course and had to pull out, otherwise he would have challenged Silver for the top local spot.

Paul Brockett finished in ninth for GC/G-R with a time of 19:25, while Soren Clevland and Kenny Day each placed 14th and 15th respectively.

South Tama County finished in fifth in its home meet with a score of 116, led by junior Garrett Arp’s time of 19:13 to place fifth individually. Trusten Rosenberger was the next-best STC placer by coming in 21st with a time of 20:23, while Logan Arp and Jonathan Meyer came in 27th and 28th respectively.

Trojan head coach Robert Tyynismaa said he was happy with the way the boys handled the course, which they will see again later this season in the WaMaC Conference meet.

“Our boys team ran really well, which is what we were hoping for them to do this season,” Tyynismaa said. “Garrett ran a smart race and then the guys coming up behind him in Logan and Jonathan Meyer ran well. Meyer went out a little fast but he hung on to that and ran well, there were some surprises on the guys’ side as well. If they can keep making those kinds of improvements as the season progresses we will see what happens come conference and districts.”

West Marshall placed eighth as a team with a score of 170. Nicholas Thompson was the top West Marshall finisher in 16th, while Cael Kline took 25th and Will Dawley placed 32nd.

GMG finished ninth as a team, with Jackson Edens again leading the way by finishing third overall with a time of 18:19.

North Tama was in attendance but didn’t have enough runners for a team score. Sam Snyder led the Redhawks with a time of 20:00 to finish in 17th.

Meskwaki also ran but didn’t have a team score, with Taurice Grant pacing the Warriors by finishing in 35th with a time of 21:09.

Team Standings — 1. BCLUW 60, 2. East Marshall 101, 3. Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck 103, 4. Vinton-Shellsburg 104, 5. South Tama County 116, 6. Baxter 122, 7. Belle Plaine 139, 8. West Marshall 170, 9. GMG 189.

Individual (top 10) — 1. Logan Berg, Baxter, 17:51; 2. Caleb Silver, BCLUW, 18:07; 3. Jackson Edens, GMG, 18:19; 4. Kobe Grieder, BP, 18:50; 5. Cade Curphy, EM, 18:51; 6. Ian Thomson, Baxter, 19:05; 7. Ruben Montoya, BCLUW, 19:10; 8. Garrett Arp, STC, 19:13; 9. Paul Brockett, GC/G-R, 19:25; 10. Henry Kaisand, BCLUW, 19:34.

BCLUW (60) — 2. Silver 18:07, 7. Montoya 19:10, 10. Kaisand 19:34, 20. Neifer Ralston 20:22, 23. Treye Teske 20:27, 54. Joseph Mason 22:35, 63. Tanner McLeland 22:58.

EAST MARSHALL (101) — 5. Curphy 18:51, 12. Trevor Taul 19:45, 19. Korbin Seth 20:07, 33. Eli Curtis 21:04, 36. Jordan Swift 21:11, 40. Kordell Negrete 21:23, 69. Whitaker Crouse 23:38.

GRUNDY CENTER/GLADBROOK-REINBECK (103) — 9. Brockett 19:25, 14. Soren Clevland 19:55, 15. Kenny Day 19:56, 29. Sam Schildroth 20:50, 39. Brady Appel 21:22, 42. Marshall Day 21:42, 49. Hunter Hawk 22:16.

SOUTH TAMA COUNTY (116) — 8. G. Arp 19:13, 21. Trusten Rosenberger 20:23, 27. Logan Arp 20:38, 28. Jonathan Meyer 20:44. 37. Jair Sosa 21:12, 44. Brayden Smith 21:45, 46. Clayton Graff 21:53.

WEST MARSHALL (170) — 16. Nicholas Thompson 19:59, 25. Cael Kline 20:34, 32. Will Dawley 20:56, 55. James Roelsgard 22:37, 59. Logan Coulter 22:50, 80. Seth Diser 25:27, 88. Brennen Struthers 26:49.

GMG (189) — 3. Jackson Edens 18:19, 38. Spencer Tweedy 21:22, 43. Daniel Hughes 21:43, 64. Gabe Zielstorf 23:20, 67. Justin Savatdy 23:35, 87. Abe Dieleman 26:28, 94. Nick Collins 28:12.

MESKWAKI — 35. Taurice Grant 21:09, 47. Taté Bear 21:54, 76. Zayton Weninger 24:39, 93. Royce Kapayou 27:55.

NORTH TAMA — 17. Sam Snyder 20:00, 45. Logan Kennedy 21:49, 70. Juan Sanchez 24:03, 104. Emmanuel S 36:10.