COLFAX — Colfax-Mingo's boys' cross country team was running at full strength for the first time this season on Thursday.
The Tigerhawks will now continue working to reel in Collins-Maxwell as the Spartans were four points better at the Colfax-Mingo Tigerhawk Cross Country Invitational.
Eight area harriers medaled in all. And Collins-Maxwell left with the traveling trophy, which goes to the school which scored the fewest points between both the boys and girls teams.
The Spartans won both team titles on Thursday as the girls were 15 points better than second-place Twin Cedars.
Baxter junior Elie Tuhn was second in the girls' 5K race, while Colfax-Mingo sophomore Max VanDusseldorp finished third in the boys' race.
Senior Noah Strohmeyer joined VanDusseldorp in the top five as he was fifth.
The top 25 finishers in both the girls' and boys' races earned medals. The other area runners who took home medals were Colfax-Mingo sophomore Carter Gibson, junior Coleman Craig and senior A.J. Gibson as well as Baxter senior Sean Finch and freshman Reagan Russell.
Collins-Maxwell, Colfax-Mingo, Grand View Christian and Colo-NESCO all battled it out on the boys' side for the second time this season. When the four teams ran at Collins-Maxwell earlier this season, the difference between the four programs was 21 points.
Thursday, the margin dropped to 10 points and the order of finish was different. Collins-Maxwell moved from third to first, Colfax-Mingo went from fourth to second and Colo-NESCO switched from first to third.
The Spartans grabbed the top two spots in the race and scored 60 points. Kyle Vanderwal won the race in 19 minutes, 00.89 seconds. His teammate Ethan Haus was next at 19:05.84.
VanDusseldorp finished third in 19:16.05 and Strohmeyer took fifth in 19:31.92. All five scoring Tigerhawks earned medals.
Carter Gibson was 12th in 19:59.46, Craig finished 20th in 21:11.84 and A.J. Gibson ended up 24th with a time of 21:54.59.
The two non-scoring Colfax-Mingo runners were senior Avery Lees (22:19.05) in 30th and freshman John McGill (23:13.81) in 40th.
Finch was Baxter's only male medalist as he finished 25th with a time of 21:58.73.
Baxter finished eighth in the team standings with 194. The rest of the field included Saydel (120), Clarke (123) and Woodward Academy (177).
The rest of Baxter's scoring lineup included freshman Logan Jones (22:28.16) in 32nd, sophomore Curtis Gliem (23:32.17) in 44th, freshman Callyn Bishop (23:51.94) in 48th and freshman Keenan Varner (24:30.18) in 55th.
The Bolts' non-scoring runner was freshman Jayden Bakalar (37:54.75) in 65th.
Tuhn's second-place time in the girls' 5K was clocked at 21:34.03. She trailed Class 1A No. 7 Rilee Dunkin of Twin Cedars by 40 seconds.
Collins-Maxwell put all seven runners in the top 20 and won the team title with 43 points. Twin Cedars was next with 58, edging BGM (59) by one point. Colfax-Mingo was the only area girls' team to have a team score and they finished eighth with 187.
The rest of the field included Grand View Christian (109), Iowa Valley (132), Colo-NESCO (139) and Saydel (158).
Baxter's Russell was the only other area girl to medal as she was 24th with a time of 25:57.85. Freshman Morgan Hansen finished 28th with a time of 26:26.04 and senior Merrin Ziesman finished 40th in 28:15.55.
Colfax-Mingo's top two runners were sisters Daytin and Joslyn Chadwick. Senior Daytin finished 37th in 27:40.55 and sophomore Joslyn ended up 41st in 28:38.52.
The other three scoring runners for C-M were junior Kirsten Frier (29:34.93) in 45th, senior Brennan Rhone (32:04.95) in 51st and senior Maggie Schroeder (32:17.77) in 52nd.
Senior Elayna Creech (35:46.07) was 59th and senior Miranda McGill (36:50.26) ended up 62nd.