LYNNVILLE - The Collins-Maxwell girls turned in a strong runner-up performance and the Spartan boys stepped up to place fourth at the Lynnville-Sully Invitational Sept. 13 at the Diamond Trail Golf Course in Lynnville.

The Collins-Maxwell girls scored 55 points to beat Lynnville-Sully by 29 points for second out of six scored teams. Pekin, the No. 5 team in Class 1A, won the meet with 34 points.

“Our goal was to test ourselves to see just how we stacked up against the No. 5 team in 1A, and I thought we ran right with them,” Collins-Maxwell head cross country coach Jerry Meinerts said. “Their team average was 23 minutes, 46 seconds and ours was 24:10. The big difference was they had two girls up in front of our No. 1 girl. Pekin had five girls in the top 20, and we had five girls in the top 21.”

Avery Fricke placed eighth in 23:24.3 as the lead runner for Collins-Maxwell. Lauren Derscheid and Remi Duwa took fifth and sixth with respective times of 22:42.5 and 22:55.0 to lead Pekin.

Alexis Houge, Olivia Pasquariello, Arianna Davis and Morgan Day also placed in the top 21 for Collins-Maxwell. Houge took 13th in 23:37.5, Pasquariello 18th in 24:10.4, Davis 19th in 24:16.2 and Day 21st in 24:25.7.

Mikayla Houge added a 24th-place time of 24:31.4 and Shasta Moody was 27th in 24:47.9 as the other Spartan varsity participants.

Melcher-Dallas’ J’Lyn Knutson won the girls’ race in 20:50.7. Montezuma’s Elise Boulton was second in 21:54.8.

In the boys’ race, Collins-Maxwell scored 119 points to beat out Montezuma by eight points and Colfax-Mingo by 12 for fourth out of eight teams. Pekin won with 39 points, Pella Christian took second with 48 and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont scored 105 to place third.

“Our goal at this meet was to beat Colfax,” Meinerts said. “We raced against them on Monday evening at their home course and they beat us by nine points, so we wanted to see if we could run with them and we sure did, getting them by 12 points.”

Daniel Klein led the Spartan boys for the second meet in a row with a 5-kilometer time of 20:10.8, which was good for 13th place. Jacob Pierick was less than a half step behind, placing 14th in 20:11.0.

“Daniel and Jacob continue to lead these guys at each and every meet,” Meinerts said. “I really look for these two to have some breakout races next week at West Marshall and ACGC.”

Joshua Sievert finished 29th in 21:33.5 as the third runner to cross the finish line for the Collins-Maxwell boys.

Addison Swaab placed 42nd in 22:53.3 and Carter Davis 50th in 23:25.3 as the other runners to score for the boys. Carter Merryman ran a 25:01.4 to end up 57th as the final varsity competitor to cross the finish line for Collins-Maxwell.

Pekin’s Brady Millikin and Colten Glosser were first and second individually in the boys’ race with respective times of 17:40.2 and 17:47.5. Southeast Warren’s Randy Jimenez placed third in 17:58.0.

Final team scores

Girls: 1. Pekin 34 points, 2. Collins-Maxwell 55, 3. Lynnville-Sully 84, 4. English Valleys 114, 5. Colfax-Mingo 117, 6. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 119.

Boys: 1. Pekin 39, 2. Pella Christian 48, 3. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 105, 4. Collins-Maxwell 119, 5. Montezuma 127, 6. Colfax-Mingo 131, 7. Southeast Warren 154, 8. North Mahaska 163.

Individual results (5-kilometer) - Collins-Maxwell

Girls: 8. Avery Fricke, 23:24.3; 13. Alexis Houge, 23:37.5; 18. Olivia Pasquariello, 24:10.4; 19. Arianna Davis, 24:16.2; 21. Morgan Day, 24:25.7; 24. Mikayla Houge, 24:31.4; 27. Shasta Moody, 24:47.9; 35. Hannah Sievert, 26:20.4; 62. Janee Jones, 32:45.4.

Boys: 13. Daniel Klein, 20:10.8; 14. Jacob Pierick, 20:11.0; 29. Joshua Sievert, 21:33.5; 42. Addison Swaab, 22:53.3; 50. Carter Davis, 23:25.3; 57. Carter Merryman, 25:01.4.

COLFAX - The Collins-Maxwell girls’ cross country team was in top form at the Colfax-Mingo Invitational Monday.

The Spartans earned their first meet victory of the season by placing six runners in the top 20. Collins-Maxwell scored 41 points to defeat Lynnville-Sully by 28 points for first out of seven scored teams.

“I’m very happy for our girls’ team tonight and their first place finish!,” Collins-Maxwell head cross country coach Jerry Meinerts said. “They have been working hard in each and every practice, and tonight was one of those nights that everything came together and we ran great as a team.”

The Collins-Maxwell girls only had a 48-second gap between its second and fifth runners. The Spartans were also blessed by an outstanding individual race from lead runner Avery Fricke, who finished third with a 5-kilometer time of 23 minutes, 13 seconds.

“One of our goals at every meet is to have a tight gap from our one through five runners,” Meinerts said. “There is strength in numbers, and if we can run as a pack, it’s easier to get more girls running up in the pack. Avery made that hard tonight with her performance as she ran away from our pack. She had a fabulous race.”

Morgan Day also placed in the top 10 with a seventh-place time of 24:02. Alexis Houge took 13th in 24:23, Mikayla Houge came in 14th at 24:32 and Arianna Davis was 17th with a 24:50 showing.

Shasta Moody also placed in the top 20, despite falling just outside the scoring cut for Collins-Maxwell. Moody ran a 25:03 to finish 20th.

Hannah Sievert ran a quality race as the final varsity runner to cross the finish line for the Spartans. Sievert completed the course in 25:49 to place 22nd.

Melcher-Dallas’ J’Lyn Knutson was the individual champion of the girls’ race at Colfax. Knutson finished with a time of 22:09 and PCM’s Klaire Jungling ended up just ahead of Fricke in second place with a 23:09 showing.

In the boys’ race, Collins-Maxwell scored 184 points to place ninth out of 10 teams. Ogden easily won the meet with 57 points, Saydel took second with a score of 84 and Mount Ayr scored 89 points to finish third.

Daniel Klein stepped up to lead the Spartan boys for the first time this season. Klein completed the 5-kilometer course in 20:06 to wind up in 14th place.

“Daniel Klein had a great race tonight,” Meinerts said. “He looked strong throughout the race and had a great finish to earn himself a varsity medal in only his third varsity race of his career. This wasn’t his best time of the year, but I think he looked the best tonight.”

Jacob Pierick came in 24th with a time of 20:31 and Josh Sievert took 35th in 21:47. Addison Swaab ran a 24:29 to place 72nd and Carter Davis took 78th in 25:09 to complete the scoring for the Spartan boys.

Carter Merryman also ran varsity for the boys, placing 81st in 25:25.

Southeast Warren’s Randy Jimenez was the boys’ individual champion with a time of 18:16. Melcher-Dallas’ Emery Sage came in second after crossing the finish line in 18:27.

Final team scores

Girls: 1. Collins-Maxwell 41 points, 2. Lynnville-Sully 69, 3. PCM 74, 4. Central Decatur 100, 5. Mount Ayr 113, 6. Colfax-Mingo 118, 7. Ogden 177.

Boys: 1. Ogden 57, 2. Saydel 84, 3. Mount Ayr 89, 4. PCM 141, 5. Martensdale St. Marys 145, 6. Central Decatur 150, 7. Southeast Warren 153, 8. Colfax-Mingo 175, 9. Collins-Maxwell 184, 10. I-35 220.

Individual results (5-kilometer) - Collins-Maxwell

Girls: 3. Avery Fricke, 23:13; 7. Morgan Day, 24:02; 13. Alexis Houge, 24:23; 14. Mikayla Houge, 24:32; 17. Arianna Davis, 24:50; 20. Shasta Moody, 25:03; 22. Hannah Sievert, 25:49.

Boys: 14. Daniel Klein, 20:06; 24. Jacob Pierick, 20:31; 35. Josh Sievert, 21:47; 72. Addison Swaab, 24:29; 78. Carter Davis, 25:09; 81. Carter Merryman, 25:25.