MONTEZUMA — Lynnville-Sully’s Tara Vos, Alexa Vander Leest and Karli Roozeboom paced the Hawks to a team championship at Thursday’s Montezuma Invitational cross country meet. The trio went 2-3-5 in the varsity girls’ 4K race.
The Hawk girls scored 43 points to win with Sigourney in second with 60 points. South Tama was third with 75. Pella Christian’s Eagles finished fourth with 77 points and Colfax-Mingo was seventh with 135 points.
Pella Christian’s boys compiled 78 points to place third in the varsity division. South Tama won the boys’ title with 53 points and Belle Plaine was second with 67 points. Lynnville-Sully finished fifth with 105 points and Colfax-Mingo was eighth with 166 points.
Three runners broke the 17-minute mark in the girls’ varsity race. Abi Watson of North Tama won the race in 16 minutes, 20.79 seconds. Then came Vos and Vander Leest for Lynnville-Sully.
Vos completed the course in 16:47.85 for second place followed by Vander Leest in third place in 16:53.90. Roozeboom collected the fifth-place medal in 17:45.96. Elizabeth Van Manen was next across the finish line for the Hawks in 19:19.87 for 17th place. Line Ascanius placed 18th in 19:22.37.
Kasiah Ehresman placed 22nd in 19:43.29 and Alexis Hardenbrook in 25th at 19:51.48. Kristina Jaenette ran 34th in 20:28.72 and Kristy Sevcik was 46th in 21:21.63.
Leading the way for Pella Christian was Marina Shannon in ninth place, running the race in 18:37.59. Chloe Dembski placed 11th in 18:41.44 followed by Morgan Anderson in 13th in 19:08.85. Andrea Carballo placed 15th in 19:12 and Damaris Worthington was 41st in 21:03.24.
“Marina Shannon really came out and competed tonight,” said Jocelyn Meinders, Pella Christian head coach. “She has struggled with some illness this season and has had a hard time bouncing back. Tonight she was back and finished in the top 10. Morgan had a strong finish also.”
Iva Moore captured the sixth-place medal for Colfax-Mingo, finishing the 4K race in 18:25.47. Kennedi Hostetter placed 14th in 19:10.41 followed by Donita Fatland in 44th in 21:18.07. McKenzie Cogley was 49th in 21:37.61 and Breawna Schroder in 65th at 23:31.
Also placing for the Tigerhawk girls were Cassie Craig in 66th at 23:43.26 and Skye Weber in 78th at 38.20.
“We had a goal to earn a medal in all four races tonight and we achieved our goal,” said Zach Tomas, Colfax-Mingo head coach. “This was one of Iva’s best races and truly shows our depth on the girls side. We have had three different girls be top finishers for us.”
Canyon Kuhlman of Lynnville-Sully and Jacob Lensing of Pella Christian were the top area runners in the varsity boys’ race. Kuhlman posted a fourth-place time of 18:53.62 for the 5K race. Lensing ran the course in 19:01.95.
Joining Kuhlman in the scoring for Lynnville-Sully were Ben Trettin in 12th at 19:48.96, Luke Jones in 31st at 21:30, Jake Brand in 36th at 21:43.66, and Bayley Morvant in 41st at 22:31.76. Others running for the Hawk boys were: 42. Jim Trettin, 22:33.39, 68. Lucas Smith, 25:46.86, 69. Lauri Ryyppoe, 26:01.01, 74. Kordell Mueller, 27:15.38.
Grant Dunsbergen was Pella Christian’s second top-10 finisher, claiming 10th in 19:34.53. Scott Haveman secured the No. 3 runner spot for the Eagles, finishing in 17th at 20:15.46. Jonathan Beltman placed 21st in 20:25.76 and Samuel Dahm was 32nd in 21:35.23.
Others placing for Pella Christian were: 37. Gabriel Soler, 21:50, 50. Sam Lensing, 23:03.38, 61. Kelvin Ouyang, 24:27.25, 64. David Dykstra, 25:10.20, 65. Alek Vink, 25:11.82.
“Scott Haveman also had an outstanding night, finishing third for our team for the first time,” Meinders said. “Jonathan, Alek and David had outstanding finishes for us. Overall, I was very impressed with their performances. Our kids ran very strong on the hills. We took home 13 medals between our high school and middle school runners.”
Colfax-Mingo’s boys were led by Jimmy Abell’s 15th-place finish in 20:07.82. Ahn Hyeongyeop placed 44th in 22:41.28 and Chris Stuva took 51st in 23:05.19. Ryan McLain ran 58th in 24:00.32 and K.C. Huffman placed 62nd in 24:41.57.
“Jimmy got out strong and finished the race hard,” Tomas said. Abell was one of only four boys to run under the 19-minute mark in the varsity 5K race. Orie Brown of Belle Plaine was the individual winner in 18:21.90.
Will Dunsburgen took 71st in 26:25.84 for the Tigerhawks. Adam Teed finished 72nd in 26:07.11.
IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL RACES, Colfax-Mingo’s Jonathan Jacobs won the boys’ 1.6- mile race in 10:07.25. Nic Duffy was 22nd in 12:01.22 and Jacob Frier placed 30th in 12:43.54.
The Colfax-Mingo girls placed two in the top 10 led by Colleen Craig in seventh place in 12:24.17 and Ilia Hostetter was ninth in 12:40.20. Shaylee Shedenhelm finished 16th in 13:11.45 followed by Payton Rhone in 18th at 13:48.62, and Jordan Atwood in 19th at 14:27.52.
Lynnville-Sully’s boys had four in the race. Lucas Roland finished 25th in 12:15.71 and Mason Dunsbergen placed 38th in 14:15.88. Brett Maasdam was 40th in 14:53.80, and Jarred Bassett placed 42nd in 15:33.27.
Pella Christian’s Nathan VerMeer collected the third-place medal in the boys’ race in 10:10.41. Martin Landazurri was 10th in 10:52.41 and Lucas Bandstra was 12th in 11:05.72. Michael Munoz finished 31st in 12:56.62, and Sam Carmichael was 36th in 13:31.13.
in the girls’ race, Pella Christian went 2-3-4 led by Lindsey Breon in 11:43.32. Claire Milligan was third in 12:07, and Jacque Lensing was fourth in 12:12.92. Hannah Dykstra finished 26th in 21:52.94.