MARSHALLTOWN — The Collins-Maxwell girls had one runner fall painfully short of making state after a school-record performance at the Class 1A state qualifying cross country meet on Oct. 18 in Marshalltown.


Freshman Avery Fricke saved her best for when it mattered most and nearly punched her ticket to state in the process.


Fricke ran a 5-kilometer time of 21 minutes, 58.0 seconds during the 1A girls’ race at Marshalltown, the fastest time in the short two-year history of the Collins-Maxwell program. That effort put her in 16th place, just one place short of the final state qualifying spot as the top 15 runners advance to the state meet.


“Avery ran a great race,” Collins-Maxwell head cross country coach Jerry Meinerts. “At the one-mile mark she was sitting about 14th, and looking strong. She fell off the pace a little bit that second mile, all the way back to about 20th, and in the last half mile she climbed back up to 16th, finishing about 18 seconds off that coveted 15th spot.”


East Marshall’s McKenzie Robinson ran a 21:39.2 for the final qualifying time from the girls’ race.


As a team, the Collins-Maxwell girls placed sixth in a large 19-team field with 156 points. Hudson, ranked sixth in 1A, won the girls’ title at Marshalltown with 65 points and the Pirates were followed by No. 10 North Linn (83 points) and No. 12 East Marshall (85) as the teams to qualify for state from the meet.


Baxter placed fourth, falling a tad shy of state with 95 points. Newman Catholic came in fifth with a score of 136.


“We knew with four rated teams and two teams to watch that it was going to be tough to finish in the top three,” Meinerts said. “If we could score just under 100 points, I thought it would be possible. But that wouldn’t have been good enough either.”


Along with Fricke, five other Collins-Maxwell runners ran personal record times at the meet. Morgan Day took 33rd in 22:46.6, Alexis Houge 34th in 22:50.6, Arianna Davis 40th in 23:04.7, Hannah Sievert 53rd in 23:40.6 and Mikayla Houge 57th in 23:47.9.


Olivia Pasquariello also ran varsity, finishing 64th in 24:04.4.


“I couldn’t be more proud of our girls tonight,” Meinerts said. “They did everything that I asked them to do and more.”


St. Ansgar’s Addy Carlson, ranked 13th in 1A, was the individual champion of the 1A girls’ race at Marshalltown with a time of 20:13.3. Hudson’s Jenna Twait, ranked 18th, took second in 20:18.0 and Melcher-Dallas’ J’Lyn Knutson, ranked fourth, ran a 20:22.5 to place third.


The Collins-Maxwell boys finished 16th out of 22 teams with 421 points. Top-ranked Madrid won the boys’ title with 57 points, No. 6 South Hamilton came in second with 84 points and No. 4 Newman Catholic was the final team to qualify for state with 118 points.


“This was a loaded 1A field of boys and we knew we weren’t competing for a spot at state, but these guys didn’t get down and give up,” Meinerts said. “They rose up to the occasion and finished with four of their season-best times. It would have been easy to not make it hurt today, but again, I’m proud of the way they competed.”


Jacob Pierick ran a 5-kilometer time of 19:15.4 to place 54th as the first Spartan boy to cross the finish line. Joshua Sievert came in 70th at 19:53.2, Daniel Klein 87th in 20:18.7, Victor Genovese 126th in 22:20.9, Carter Davis 130th in 22:37.8 and Carter Merryman 135th in 22:52.6.


Pierick, Genovese, Davis and Merryman all ran their best times of the season at the meet.


Madrid’s Sean McDermott, the No. 1 individual runner in 1A, was the boys’ champion at the meet after crossing the finish line in 16:32.8. Lake Mills’ Carson Rygh, rated 11th, placed second in 16:42.8 and South Hamilton’s Logan Peters, rated eighth, came in third in 16:51.9.


Final team scores


Girls: 1. Hudson 65, 2. North Linn 83, 3. East Marshall 85, 4. Baxter 95, 5. Newman Catholic 136, 6. Collins-Maxwell 156, 7. West Fork 199. 8. St. Ansgar 220, 9. Lynnville-Sully 221, 10. Madrid 299, 11. GMG 327, 12. South Hamilton 335, 13. Ogden 341, 14. West Hancock 381, 15. Belmond-Klemme 384, 16. Martensdale St. Marys 440, 17. Wayne 443, 18. Central Springs 497, 19. Colo-NESCO 558.


Boys: 1. Madrid 57, 2. South Hamilton 84, 3. Newman Catholic 118, 4. Ogden 169, 5. North Linn 202, 6. East Marshall 213, 7. Central Springs 226, 8. West Fork 228, 9. Baxter 249, 10. Hudson 254, 11. Martensdale St. Marys 305, 12. Southeast Warren 320, 13. GMG 379, 14. Lake Mills 418, 15. Wayne 418, 16. Collins-Maxwell 421, 17. Melcher-Dallas 426, 18. Colo-NESCO 431, 19. I-35 472, 20. Ankeny Christian Academy 483, 21. Belmond-Klemme 532, 22. West Hancock 587.


Individual results (5-kilometer) — Collins-Maxwell


Girls: 16. Avery Fricke, 21:58.0; 33. Morgan Day, 22:46.6; 34. Alexis Houge, 22:50.6; 40. Ariana Davis, 23:04.7; 53. Hannah Sievert, 23:40.6; 57. Mikayla Houge, 23:47.9; 64. Olivia Pasquariello, 24:04.4.


Boys: 54. Jacob Pierick, 19:15.4; 70. Joshua Sievert, 19:53.2; 87. Daniel Klein, 20:18.7; 126. Victor Genovese, 22:20.9; 130. Carter Davis, 22:37.8; 135. Carter Merryman, 22:52.6.