Vanderwal takes first for C-M at Spartan Invite: Haus places third for Spartans
MAXWELL - An individual championship highlighted a third-place overall finish by the Collins-Maxwell boys’ cross country team at the Spartan Earlybird Invitational Aug. 31 at the Center Grove Orchard near Maxwell.
Spartan senior Kyle Vanderwal won the boys’ race at Center Grove with one of the best races of his career. He finished the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 31.8 seconds to nearly beat the runner-up time of Colo-NESCO’s Jaccob Reischauer by a full minute for the gold.
“It’s my senior so it just feels really good to win the last home meet that I’ll have,” Vanderwal said. “I didn’t know I was that far ahead of the pack. I just heard cheering the whole time so I just figured there had to be people behind me.”
Reischauer ran a 19:26.4.
Collins-Maxwell sophomore Ethan Haus took third overall in 19:33.0.
“I came and just did my thing,” Haus said. “I tried to catch up with Kyle - he’s just a really good runner.”
As a team Collins-Maxwell placed third out of five teams in a tight boys’ race. Colo-NESCO won with 48 points, Grandview Christian took second with 51 points and Collins-Maxwell was close behind in third with a score of 52.
“On the boys’ side it was fun to have two boys up there in the top two or three for most of the race,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Jerry Meinerts said. “It's a bummer that we weren't able to race all our guys, as I think we would've had a chance to win the meet. But our other guys really stepped up and got us within four points of winning.”
Jacob Pierick also placed in the top 10 individually for Collins-Maxwell. Pierick ran a 20:40.6 to place eighth overall.
Freshman Austin Hennick and sophomore Marshall Day also picked up points for the Spartan boys.
Hennick completed the course in 22:11.7 to palace 16th. Day came in 28th at 24:34.4.
Sophomores Zach Haus and Kaleb Ruiz-Genovese were Collins-Maxwell’s other varsity competitors. Haus took 31st in 25:33.5 and Ruiz-Genovese 37th in 27:28.0.
Final team scores: 1. Colo-NESCO 48 points, 2. Grandview Christian 51, 3. Collins-Maxwell 52, 4. Colfax-Mingo 69, 5. GMG 130.
Individual results (5-kilometer)
Collins-Maxwell (52) - 1. Kyle Vanderwall, 18:31.8; 3. Ethan Haus, 19:33.0; 8. Jacob Pierick, 20:40.6; 16. Austin Hennick, 22:11.7; 28. Marshall Day, 24:34.4; 31. Zach Haus, 25:33.5; 37. Kaleb Ruiz-Genovese, 27:28.0.