STATE CENTER – The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter boys’ cross country team turned in a championship performance and the Raider girls came in second at the West Marshall Invitational Oct. 17.
The CMB boys had three top-10 runners and all seven Raider runners placed in the top 20 to give the team a total of 38 points. That was good enough to edge West Marshall by nine points for first out of four scored teams in the small meet.
"What a great team effort in winning our first meet of the year," CMB head coach Jerry Meinerts said. "We had six guys run under 20 minutes and set numerous season-best times."
Mark Deutsch and Colin Thompson gave CMB a formidable one-two punch at the head of the pack. Deutsch came in second overall with a 5-kilometer time of 17 minutes, 22 seconds and Thompson took third in 17:43.
"Mark and Colin did a great job running with Nate Bradley from West Marshall, not finishing too far behind him," Meinerts said. "It was good to see Mark run as well as he did; he’s been sick the past couple weeks and he looks to be back at full strength now. Colin has improved greatly all season and looks primed and ready for a run at state."
Calvin Jones also finished in the top 10 for the CMB boys. Jones crossed the finish line in 18:36 to place seventh.
Eric Hall-Flooden clocked in at 19:23 to place 12th and Brock Johnston finished 14th in 19:33 as the other scored runners for CMB. Lincoln Brown ran a 16th-place time of 19:52 and Drake Caple came in 18th at 20:26 to round out the Raider varsity.
In the girls’ race CMB scored 40 points to beat West Marshall by 34 points and Colo-Nesco by 69 for second. Greene County easily won the girls’ title with 17 points.
"Our girls competed hard and just fell short to a really good Greene County team," Meinerts said. "To have four girls in the top 10 will win you most meets, but Greene County had five."
Heather Jessen ran the fastest 4-kilometer time for the CMB girls as she completed the course in 17:36 to place fifth.
"Heather continues to run very well," Meinerts said. "She has really shined all season."
Winter Brown came in sixth for CMB at 18 minutes flat. Chasity Moody was eighth in 18:10 and Anna Jones took ninth in 18:30 as the other top-10 runners for the CMB girls.
"Winter, Chasity and Anna continue to run well," Meinerts said.
Mackenzie Klemme was the final scored runner for the CMB girls with a 12th-place time of 18:53. Chantel Maxwell finished in 19:21 to place 17th and Mariah Norton was 20th in 20:07 as the other varsity competitors for the Raiders.
CMB next runs at the Class 2A state qualifying meet in Ames today. The meet will be at the ISU course and it starts at 4 p.m.
Final team scores
Girls: 1. Greene County 17 points, 2. CMB 40, 3. West Marshall 74, 4. Colo-Nesco 109.
Boys: 1. CMB 38, 2. West Marshall 47, 3. Greene County 62, 4. Colo-Nesco 81.
Individual results – CMB
Girls (4-kilometer): 5. Heather Jessen, 17:36; 6. Winter Brown, 18:00; 8. Chasity Moody, 18:10; 9. Anna Jones, 18:30; 12. Mackenzie Klemme, 18:53; 17. Chantel Maxwell, 19:21; 20. Mariah Norton, 20:07.
Boys (5-kilometer): 2. Mark Deutsch, 17:22; 3. Colin Thompson, 17:43; 7. Calvin Jones, 18:36; 12. Eric Hall-Flooden, 19:23; 14. Brock Johnston, 19:33; 16. Lincoln Brown, 19:52; 18. Drake Caple, 20:26.