Spartan girls finish third at Pella

Joe Randleman Staff Writer
Alexis Houge

PELLA — The Collins-Maxwell girls turned in a strong top-three finish in the Small School division at the Dutch Invitational cross country meet Saturday in Pella.

The Spartan girls had three runners place in the top 20, scoring 94 points. Mid-Prairie, the top-ranked team in Class 2A, scored 21 points and Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center, another 2A school, finished with 59 as the only teams to place ahead of Collins-Maxwell.

“Most of our girls ran anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute faster than our first meet of the year,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Jerry Meinerts said. “Our goal today was to run within 40 points of Mid-Prairie, but ACGC girls ran really well today and got in there between us. Thank goodness those two teams are in Class 2A.”

Alexis Houge turned in the fastest 5-kilometer time for the Spartan girls with a 13th-place showing of 22 minutes, 34.9 seconds. Morgan Day clocked in at 23:24.2 to place 16th and Avery Fricke 23:41.1 to take 19th as the other Spartan runners to place in the top 20.

Arianna Davis ran a 23rd-place time of 24:05.4 and Olivia Pasquariello came in 26th at 24:39.6 to pick up the rest of the points for Collins-Maxwell. Meyaurah Pratt finished 33rd in 25:34.9 and Ashlyn Davis 34th in 25:42.5 as the team’s other varsity competitors.

Mid-Prairie senior Marie Hostetler — the top-ranked individual in 2A — won the Small School Individual race with an impressive time of 18:12.3, finishing nearly 1 ½ minutes ahead of the rest of the field.

In the boys’ competition, Collins-Maxwell placed fifth out of eight scored teams with 122 points. Mid-Prairie and ACGC also went first and second in the boys’ team standings with 26 and 48 points respectively.

“I think our guys are really starting to get competitive and building that desire to step up and be a really good team,” Meinerts said. “These are young guys; they are working hard each and every day and they are really seeing that all that hard work is really paying off. Several of these guys have also set career PRs this season.”

Kyle Vanderwal just missed placing in the top 10 individually for the Collins-Maxwell boys. Vanderwal finished 11th with a 5-kilometer time of 18:47.8.

Josh Sievert took 21st in 19:40.2, Jacob Pierick 23rd in 19:42.7, Ethan Haus 30th in 20:19.9 and Hunter Lee 39th in 20:58.7 to complete the scoring for the Spartan boys. Daniel Klein ran a 43rd-place time of 21:17.2 and Carter Davis took 60th in 23:23.3 to round out the team’s varsity times.

Mid-Prairie’s Thaddeus Shetler took first individually in the Small School boys’ race with a time of 17:31.9.

Final Small School team scores

Girls: 1. Mid-Prairie 21 points, 2. ACGC 59, 3. Collins-Maxwell 94, 4. Lynnville-Sully 119, 5. Pella Christian 126, 6. Baxter 150, 7. Woodward-Granger 187, 8. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 194.

Boys: 1. Mid-Prairie 26, 2. ACGC 48, 3. Woodward-Granger 108, 4. Pella Christian 112, 5. Collins-Maxwell 122, 6. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 174, 7. Lynnville-Sully 174, 8. Baxter 186.

Individual results (5-kilometer) - Collins-Maxwell

Girls: 13. Alexis Houge, 22:34.9, 16. Morgan Day, 23:24.2; 19. Avery Fricke, 23:41.1; 23. Arianna Davis, 24:05.4; 26. Olivia Pasquariello, 24:39.6; 33. Meyaurah Pratt 25:34.9; 34. Ashlyn Davis, 25:42.5.

Boys: 11. Kyle Vanderwal, 18:47.8; 21. Josh Sievert, 19:40.2; 23. Jacob Pierick, 19:42.7; 30. Ethan Haus, 20:19.9; 39. Hunter Lee, 20:58.7; 43. Daniel Klein, 21:17.2; 60. Carter Davis, 23:23.3.