Takeaways from Collins-Maxwell's effort at the Tigerhawk Invitational cross country meet

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Alexis Houge headshot

The Collins-Maxwell cross country teams competed at the Tigerhawk Invitational in Colfax Sept. 9. Here are key observations on the Spartans' performance at the meet:

The girls look impressive

Collins-Maxwell won the girls' team championship at Colfax. The Spartans, ranked 14th in Class 1A, scored 32 points to beat Newton by 10 points for first out of eight scored teams. 

All five scored Spartan runners placed in the top 10.

Alexis Houge ran a 5-kilometer time of 23 minutes, five seconds to place fourth and Avery Fricke and Erica Houge both clocked in at 23:06 to place fifth and sixth respectively. Meyaurah Pratt and Carley Ruiz-Genovese placed ninth and 10th respectively with times of 23:28 and 23:32.

"Our girls ran incredible tonight!" Collins-Maxwell head coach Jerry Meinerts said. "Our top five girls ran within 27 seconds of each other.  That is awesome!  Meyaurah and Karley have figured out that they are able to go out and run with Alexis, Avery, and Erica.  They have been working so hard in practice and it really showed tonight.  And all five of them ran their best times of the season.  Couldn't be more proud of the results."

Haus keeps up the good work for the boys

Ethan Haus

Junior runner Ethan Haus placed in the top five individually for the Collins-Maxwell boys. Haus just missed breaking 18 minutes, clocking in with a 5k time of 18:01 to place fourth. 

"It was great to see Ethan run up there with the leaders and just miss out on hitting the 17s," Meinerts said.

Newton's Treycen Garton won in 17:09. Grand View Christian's Braeden Brough was second in 17:48 and BGM's Ryan Hopwood placed third in 17:54.

Boys turn in best showing

It was the best meet of the season for the Collins-Maxwell boys. The Spartans were third out of 11 scored teams with 100 points.

"The boys ran great tonight as well," Meinerts said. "The two teams that beat them tonight are really good teams, so for us to get third is a great accomplishment for us."

North Mahaska won the boys' race with 44 points and Newton took second with a score of 58.

Austin Hennick, Josh Sievert and Hunter Lee all broke 20 minutes for the first time. Hennick placed 17th in 19:40, Sievert 19th in 19:46 and Lee 21st in 19:49.

Isaiah Hill turned in the final scored time for Collins-Maxwell by placing 41st in 21:13.