Spartan girls win Montezuma Invite: C-M boys take second

Joe Randleman
Tri-County Times
Alexis Houge
Kyle Vanderwal

MONTEZUMA - The Collins-Maxwell girls’ cross country team picked up its fourth meet victory of the season and the Spartan boys finished second at the Montezuma Invitational Oct. 8 at the Montezuma Country Club.

The Collins-Maxwell girls scored 37 points to edge a Montezuma team ranked 15th in Class 1A by four points for first out of five scored teams. 

“This is by far the toughest course our athletes will run on this season,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Jerry Meinerts said. “It is just one hill after another, but our girls did an amazing job tonight.  They competed against a very good Montezuma team on their home course and got them by four points.”

Alexis Houge, Avery Fricke and Morgan Day all placed in the top 10 for the Spartan girls. Houge took third with a 5-kilometer time of 23:45.8, Fricke sixth in 24:26.6 and Day ninth in 25:07.7.

Erica Houge and Karly Ruiz-Genovese both placed in the top 15 as the other runners on the team to score points. Houge was 12th in 25:18.2 and Ruiz-Genovese 13th in 25:29.2.

Meyaurah Pratt gave Collins-Maxwell a sixth top-15 runner by placing 14th in 25:47.8. Ashlyn Davis was 21st in 27:18.5 and Leah Davis 36th in 32:26.7.

“People across the state will look at these times and think we are not very good, but this might be the best effort that our girls have put forth all season,” Meinerts said. “This sets us up well for a run at a conference title here next week Thursday at a super fast Wartburg College course.”

Montezuma’s Elise Boulton won the girls’ race in 22:19.4 and South Tama’s Alyssa Chyma took second in 23:12.4.

In the boys’ competition Collins-Maxwell scored 54 points to come in just eight points behind South Tama’s winning score of 46.

“I love the effort our boys showed tonight,” Meinerts said. “To finish within eight points of South Tama - a 3A school - was a great night.  We were hoping to get our top four guys in the top 20, but then they go out and finish in the top 11.  This is really promising as we head into our conference meet next week at Wartburg College.”

Kyle Vanderwal, Ethan Haus, Jacob Pierick and Austin Hennick were the four Spartan boys to place in the top 11.

Vanderwal led the Spartan boys’ with a third-place 5k time of  19:05.1. Haus was seventh in 19:51.6, Pierick 10th in 20:31.4 and Hennick 11th in 20:34.7.

Hunter Lee also scored points for Collins-Maxwell, running a 22:23.6 to place 31st. Marshall Day came in 43rd in 24:11.3, Kaleb Ruiz-Genovese 56th in 25:53.4, Zach Haus 58th in 26:06.9 and Parker Lawrence 63rd in 26:34.0.

English Valleys Bryce Grove easily won the boys’ race in 18:13.2. 


Final team scores

Girls: 1. Collins-Maxwell 37 points, 2. Montezuma 41, 3. South Tama 69, 4. BGM 108, 5. English Valleys 111.

Boys: 1. South Tama 46, 2. Collins-Maxwell 54, 3. North Mahaska 63, 4. Montezuma 95, 5. Colfax-Mingo 106, 6. Belle Plaine 140, 7. Moravia 193.


Individual results (5-kilometer)

Girls: 3. Alexis Houge, 23:45.8; 6. Avery Fricke, 24:26.6; 9. Morgan Day, 25:07.7; 12. Erica Houge, 25:18.2; 13. Karly Ruiz-Genovese, 25:29.2; 14. Meyaurah Pratt, 25:47.8; 21. Ashlyn Davis, 27:18.5; 36. Leah Davis, 32:26.7.

Boys: 3. Kyle Vanderwal, 19:05.1; 7. Ethan Haus, 19:51.6; 10. Jacob Pierick, 20:31.4; 11. Austin Hennick, 20:34.7; 31. Hunter Lee, 22:23.6; 43. Marshall Day, 24:11.3; 56. Kaleb Ruiz-Genovese, 25:53.4; 58. Zach Haus, 26:06.9; 63. Parker Lawrence, 26:34.0.