Pratt leads Collins-Maxwell girls to team championship at Montezuma: Haus takes fifth for boys

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Meyaurah Pratt, seen here running at the Nevada Invitational Sept. 27, ran her best race of the season Oct. 7 at the Montezuma Invitational to help the Collins-Maxwell girls' cross country team take first.

The Collins-Maxwell girls' cross country team brought home a team championship and the boys placed third at the Montezuma Invitational Oct. 7 at the Big Springs Shooting Complex in Montezuma.

The Spartan girls, ranked 20th in Class 1A, won a small three-team competition with 33 points. They just edged out 17th-ranked Montezuma by three points for first and South Tama came in third with a score of 53.

The Collins-Maxwell boys scored 89 points. South Tama, the 19th-ranked team in 3A, won the boys' team title with 32 points and North Mahaska was second with 52.

Here is what we learned from the Spartan teams' performances:

Pratt has a breakthrough race for girls

Meyaurah Pratt ran her best race of the season to become Collins-Maxwell's lead runner for the first time.

Pratt completed the 5-kilometer course in a season-best time of 23 minutes, one second to place fifth individually.

"Meyaurah ran a great race tonight," Meinerts said. "All five of our girls started out together and about three-fourths of a mile in, Meyaurah just decided to lead the pack and looked great doing it.  She then just kept pushing it and almost caught the fourth-place girl there at the end."

South Tama's JoJo Tynismaa won the girls' individual title in 21:48. Montezuma's Ellen Cook was second in 22:10, South Tama's Mary Kate Frakes third in 22:23 and Montezuma's Alivia Kline fourth in 22:58.

Collins-Maxwell's Alexis Houge, Avery Fricke and Erica Houge came in right behind Pratt. Alexis took sixth in 23:28, Fricke seventh in 23:31 and Erica Houge eighth in 23:34. 

Karley Ruiz-Genovese gave Collins-Maxwell a fifth top-10 runner with a 10th-place time of 23:36.

Haus places in top five for boys

Ethan Haus finished in the top five individually during the boys' race for Collins-Maxwell.

Haus crossed the finish line with a 5k time of 18:36 to place fifth. South Tama's Tommy Tynismaa won the boys' race in 17:17, the Trojans' James Brant was second in 17:33, English Valley's Brycen Grove also ran a 17:33 to place fourth and the Bears' Gage Heyne took fourth in 18:17.

Austin Hennick placed in the top 20 for Collins-Maxwell with a 15th-place time of 20:01. Hunter Lee came in 22nd at 20:27, Josh Sievert 23rd in 20:33 and Deegan Dirkx 37th in 22:11.

"Our boys had some tough competition tonight with South Tama and North Mahaska," Meinerts said. "We kinda thought going into the race that a good goal was to finish in third place and they did that tonight."