GUTHRIE CENTER - The Collins-Maxwell girls’ cross country team turned in a strong third-place showing at the ACGC Invitational Sept. 20 at Guthrie Center.


The Spartans scored 87 points to edge Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center by three points for third out of 12 scored teams. Logan Magnolia — the No. 1 team in Class 1A — won the race with 64 points and a Panorama team rated third in 2A finished just 16 points ahead of Collins-Maxwell for second with a score of 71.


“Our goal was to see how close we could finish to the No. 1 team in 1A, and I thought we did just fine,” Collins-Maxwell head cross country coach Jerry Meinerts said. “The only difference with our team and Logan-Magnolia is they had two girls finish second and third. We had six girls in front of their fifth girl. But, that is what makes them good.”


Panorama’s Ella Waddle won the girls’ race with a 5-kilometer time of 20 minutes, 23.01 seconds. Logan-Magnolia’s Courtney and Taylor Sporrer were second and third with respective times of 21:05.49 and 21:26.03.


Alexis Houge was the first Spartan runner to complete the course. Houge came in 14th at 25:18.92.


Avery Fricke and Morgan Day also finished in the top 20 for Collins-Maxwell. Fricke ran a 25:31.60 to place 16th and Day took 19th in 25:45.42.


Mikayla Houge placed 21st in 25:56.63 and Arianna Davis 23rd in 26:00.99 as the last two runners to earn points for Collins-Maxwell. Shasta Moody came close to earning points with a 26th-place time of 26:06.37 and Hannah Sievert placed 58th in 28:22.84.


In the boys’ race, Collins-Maxwell won a tiebreaker over rival Baxter for ninth place out of 13 teams after both squads scored 204 points.


“It was a hot, humid, windy day, so the times aren’t what the kids wanted,” Meinerts said. “But they did compete hard and I’m pleased with their effort.”


Daniel Klein ran a 16th-place 5-kilometer time of 20:37.85 as the top runner for the Spartan boys.


“Daniel ran a super race tonight,” Meinerts said. “I though he got out a little fast, but he was able to hold on down the stretch and pull out a top-16 finish.”


Jacob Pierick took 25th in 21:18.10 as the second runner to cross the finish line for the Spartan boys. Joshua Sievert came in 39th at 22:12.40, Addison Swaab 62nd in 24:07.18 and Carter Merryman 84th in 25:32.52 as the other runners to score for Collins-Maxwell.


Carter Davis and Victor Genovese also ran for Collins-Maxwell. Davis finished 94th in 26:25.77 and Genovese 102nd in 27:10.79.


ACGC — the No. 12 team in 1A — won the boys’ team title with 70 points and Red Oak placed second with a score of 98. ACGC’s Noah Nelsen won the boys’ individual title in 18:05.74 and Baxter’s Logan Berg placed second in 18:12.97.


Final team scores


Girls: 1. Logan Magnolia 64 points, 2. Panorama 71, 3. Collins-Maxwell 87, 4. ACGC 90, 5. Baxter 104, 6. Perry 177, 7. East Union 179, 8. Red Oak 219, 9. Mount Ayr 231, 10. Martensdale St. Marys 267, 11. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 283, 12. Bedford 302.


Boys: 1. ACGC 70, 2. Red Oak 98, 3. Perry 119, 4. Mount Ayr 122, 5. Martensdale St. Marys 135, 6. Bedford 174, 7. Panorama 186, 8. West Central Valley 187, 9. Collins-Maxwell 204, 10. Baxter 204, 11. CAM 278, 12. Logan Magnolia 281, 13. Coon Rapids-Bayard 339.


Individual results (5-kilometer) - Collins-Maxwell


Girls: 14. Alexis Houge, 25:18.92; 16. Avery Fricke, 25:31.60; 19. Morgan Day, 25:45.42; 21. Mikayla Houge, 25:56.63; 23. Arianna Davis, 26:00.99; 26. Shasta Moody, 26:06.37; 58. Hannah Sievert, 28:22.84.


Boys: 16. Daniel Klein, 20:37.85; 25: Jacob Pierick, 21:18.10; 39. Joshua Sievert, 22:12.40; 62. Addison Swaab, 24:07.18; 84. Carter Merryman, 25:32.52; 94. Carter Davis, 26:25.77; 102. Victor Genovese, 27:10.79.