Collins-Maxwell cross country teams both take third at Lynx Invite

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Alexis Houge headshot

The Collins-Maxwell cross country teams both took third at the Lynx Invitational at Diamond Trail Golf Course in Lynnville Sept. 16.

The Collins-Maxwell girls, ranked 13th in Class 1A, scored 71 points to come in behind Pekin (31 points) and Montezuma (65). Pekin is rated third and Montezuma 17th in 1A.

The Spartan boys, rated 14th, scored 102 points. Pella Christian won the meet with 46 points and North Mahaska, rated 13th in 1A, took second with 65.

"It has been a long week (homecoming) with different activities each night and during school, along with some tough workouts," Collins-Maxwell head coach Jerry Meinerts said. "I think our legs were a little tired, but the competition was top notch.  They went out and competed very well."

Here are key takeaways from the meet:

Spartan girls have great balance

All five scored runners for Collins-Maxwell placed in the top 20 and the No. 6 runner came in 21st. The spread among those top six was one minute, 30 seconds.

Alexis Houge led the Spartan girls with a 5-kilometer time of 24:03. Avery Fricke and Erica Houge were 14th and 15th with respective times of 24:37 and 24:45, Meyaurah Pratt took 17th in 25:09 and Ashlynn Davis 19th in 25:17.

Karley Ruiz-Genovese was just outside the scoring group with a 21st-place time of 25:33.

Boys building depth

Ethan Haus

Ethan Haus kept up is excellent junior season for the Spartan boys by placing eighth with a 5k time of 19:03. But Collins-Maxwell also did a good job closing the gap behind him.

Jacob Hennick, Josh Sievert and Hunter Lee all placed in the top 25 for the Collins-Maxwell boys. Hennick took 20th in 20:36, Sievert 22nd in 20:37 and Lee 25th in 20:59.

A big key over the next couple weeks for Collins-Maxwell will be getting the fifth runner to move closer to that group. Deegan Dirkx ran a 23:04 to place 42nd as the final scored Spartan boy at the meet.