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Spartan boys place fifth at Dutch Invite: C-M girls take sixth in Small School Class

Joe Randleman
Tri-County Times

PELLA - The Collins-Maxwell boys placed in the top five and the girls came in sixth in the Small School Class at the Dutch Invitational Saturday.

The Spartan boys had two top-20 runners in scoring 115 points to take fifth out of six teams. Mid-Prairie - the top-ranked team in Class 2A, won with 29 points and eighth-ranked Panorama was second with 55.

“The boys scored well today as a team,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Jerry Meinerts said. “Some young guys stepped up and ran well.”

Ethan Haus ran an outstanding 5-kilometer race to place 10th for the Spartan boys. He ran a time of 19 minutes, 2.8 seconds.

Kyle Vanderwal came in 14th for the Spartan boys with a 19:29.0 showing. 

“Ethan and Kyle both ran good races today finishing in 10th and 14th against some really good teams,” Meinerts said. 

Jacob Pierick took 34th in 21:16.7, Austin Hennick 37th in 21:46.5 and Zach Haus 58th in 26:43.7 to complete the scoring for the boys

“Austin Hennick is getting up there close to Jacob,” Meinerts said. “Now those two need to keep closing the gap between them and our top two guys.”

Kaleb Ruiz-Genovese also ran varsity and placed 63rd with a time of 27:37.0.

The Spartan girls, ranked 11th in 1A, took sixth out of seven teams with 152 points. 

Mid-Prairie, also rated first in the girls’ 2A rankings, won the girls’ race with 29 points. A Panorama team rated eighth in 2A took second with 55, Des Moines Christian came in third with 77, an ACGC team ranked eighth in 1A took fourth with 100 and Lynnville-Sully ended up fifth with 122. 

Des Moines Christian junior Carson Houg was the Small School boys’ individual champion with a time of 16:59.2.

The Spartan girls were without two of their top runners in the Houge sisters (Alexis and Erica).

“Today we got beat by some really good teams,” Meinerts said. “Our girls did the best they could today and had the opportunity to see some really good runners and teams.”

Morgan Day led the Collins-Maxwell girls by placing 25th with a 5-kilometer time of 24:56.4. Avery Fricke took 29th in 25:17.6, Meyaurah Pratt 33rd in 26:14.2, Karly Ruiz-Genovese 345th in 26:23.5 and Ashlyn Davis 36th in 26:29.0.

“By the time the girls raced at 11:00 a.m. it was starting to get pretty hot out and I think that really affected our times today,” Meinerts said. “Morgan and Avery ran a good race today, but I thought Meyaurah, Karley and Ashlyn are really starting to close the gap between them and Avery.  When we start getting in better shape and we get a little cooler weather we are going to really start seeing those times drop.”

Sarah Tschantz and Leah Davis also ran varsity for the girls. Tschantz came in 47th at 28:20.8 and Davis 49th in 29:07.4.

Mid-Prairie freshman Danielle Hostetler dominated the girls’ race with an amazing winning time of 18:16.0. Her teammate Sydney Yoder was a distant second in 20:24.9.

 

Final Small School team scores

Girls: 1. Mid-Prairie 29 points, 2. Panorama 55, 3. Des Moines Christian 77, 4. ACGC 100, 5. Lynnville-Sully 122, 6. Collins-Maxwell 152, 7. Pella Christian 175.

Boys: 1. Mid-Prairie 26, 2. Des Moines Christian 44, 3. ACGC 64, 4. Pella Christian 106, 5. Collins-Maxwell 115, 6. Baxter 182.

 

Individual results (5-kilometer) - Collins-Maxwell

Girls: 25. Morgan Day, 24:56.4; 29. Avery Fricke, 25:17.6; 33. Meyaurah Pratt, 26:14.2; 34. Karly Ruiz-Genovese, 26:23.5; 36. Ashlyn Davis, 26:29.0; 47. Sarah Tschantz, 28:20.8; 49. Leah Davis, 29:07.4.

Boys: 10. Ethan Haus, 19:02.8; 14. Kyle Vanderwal, 19:29.0; 34. Jacob Pierick, 21:16.7; 37. Austin Hennick, 21:46.5; 58. Zach Haus, 26:43.7; 63. Kaleb Ruiz-Genovese, 27:37.0.