STORY CITY - The North Polk girls’ cross country team decimated the rest of the field and the Comet boys placed one runner in the top five at the Norsemen Invitational Sept. 21 at the Riverbend Golf Course in Story City.


The North Polk girls had the top three individual runners and five of the top 10, scoring 22 points. The Comets, rated No. 4 in Class 3A, easily outdistance Madrid’s runner-up score of 99 in the 11-team field.


Amelia Lesher — the No. 11 individual runner in 3A — won the girls’ race with a 5-kilometer time of 20 minutes, 40 seconds. Teammates Emily Patterson and Sophie Blanchard were next to cross the finish line, running respective times of 21:22 and 21:37.


Addie Cooper came in seventh at 22:18 and Kennedy Wendel ninth in 22:39 to also score points for North Polk. Grace Croat took 11th in 22:55 and Jessica Weis 15th in 23:03 as the other Comet varsity participants. Top North Polk junior varsity runner Grace De Valois also placed in the top 20 with a 17th-place time of 23:09.


In the boys’ race, North Polk took ninth out of 13 score teams with 186 points. A Bondurant-Farrar team ranked 13th in 3A won the boys’ team title with 58 points and Madrid came in second with a score of 99.


Jacob Wilcox ran a strong individual race for the North Polk boys. Wilcox completed the 5-kilometer course in 17:42 to place fifth.


Madrid’s Sean McDermott and Bondurant-Farrar’s Drake Vanbaale were neck-and-neck as the top two runners in the boys’ race, with respective times of 16:42 and 16:43. South Hamilton’s Logan Peters and Josiah Brown were just ahead of Wilcox in third and fourth with times of 17:34 and 17:39.


Flint Vernon was the second runner for the North Polk boys to complete the race. Vernon came in 31st at 18:53.


Will McCormick ran a 44th-place time of 19:14, Gabe Drake took 49th in 19:39 and Michael Williams ended up 58th in 19:53 to complete the Comet scoring. Noah Church came in 62nd at 20:02 and Matt Crabb 74th in 20:37 as the other individuals competing for the North Polk boys.


Final team scores


Girls: 1. North Polk 22 points, 2. Madrid 99, 3. Bondurant-Farrar, 4. Roland-Story 134, 5. Ogden 149, 6. Southeast Valley 154, 7. Greene County 156, 8. South Hamilton 194, 9. Kuemper Catholic 228, 10. Colo-NESCO 240, 11. West Central Valley 260. No score - Saydel, Webster CIty.


Boys: 1. Bondurant-Farrar 58, 2. Madrid 99, 3. Woodward Academy 106, 4. Roland-Story 119, 5. Webster City 137, 6. Kuemper Catholic 137, 7. South Hamilton 138, 8. Ogden 152, 9. North Polk 186, 10. Saydel 264, 11. West Central Valley 325, 12. Southeast Valley 339, 13. Greene County 359. No score - Colo-NESCO.


Individual results (5-kilometer) - North Polk


Girls: 1. Amelia Lesher, 20:40, 2. Emily Patterson, 21:22; 3. Sophie Blanchard, 21:37; 7. Addie Cooper, 22:18; 9. Kennedy Wendel, 22:39; 11. Grace Croat, 22:55; 15. Jessica Weis, 23:03.


Boys: 5. Jacob Wilcox, 17:42; 31. Flint Vernon, 18:53; 44. Will McCormick, 19:14; 49. Gabe Drake, 19:39; 58. Michael Williams, 19:53; 62. Noah Church, 20:02; 74. Matt Crabb, 20:37.