Spartans win both races at the Tigerhawk Invite: C-M boys win close race, girls prevail by 15 points

Joe Randleman
Story City Herald
Jacob Pierick (298) placed 14th to help the Collins-Maxwell boys' cross country team take first at the Tigerhawk Invitational in Colfax Sept. 10. The Spartan girls also came in first during the meet.

COLFAX - The Collins-Maxwell cross country teams both brought home a team championship from the Tigerhawk Invitational in Colfax Sept. 10.

Running in rainy and cold conditions, the Spartan boys won an exciting race with Colfax-Mingo and Colo-NESCO and the girls outlasted Twin Cedars and BGM for first.

“Pretty good night for the Spartans!” Collins-Maxwell head coach Jerry Meinerts said. 

In the boys’ competition Collins-Maxwell rode the legs of Kyle Vanderwal and Ethan Haus to first. Vanderwal and Haus were the first two runners to cross the finish line to help the Spartans edge Colfax-Mingo by four points and Colo-NESCO by eight for first out of eight teams.

“Our boys were so excited to win this meet tonight,” said. “We missed winning our home meet by four points with Colo-NESCO and Grand View Christian beating us, and we knew Colfax would be up there as well.  So to run as well as we did tonight to win this meet by four points was really satisfying.” 

Vanderwal ran a 5-kilometer time of 19 minutes, 0.89 seconds to pick up his second individual title of the season. Haus was close behind, earning a silver medal with a time of 19:05.84. 

“What a race for Kyle and Ethan!” Meinerts said. “Those guys ran such a smart race.  There were a couple guys that went out really fast, but Kyle and Ethan ran their race and after about a mile they caught those kids and then took control of the race. They then continued to work together to extend the lead and lead our team to victory.”

Jacob Pierick was the third Spartan to cross the finish line in the boys’ race with a time of 2:012.43. Freshman Austin Hennick came in 16th at 20:35.69 and Hunter Lee took the final scoring spot with a 27th-place time of 22:11.87.

“Freshman sensation Austin Hennick continues to drop his time - running in the mid 20s tonight,” Meinerts said. “It was good to have Hunter Lee back as well to take that fifth spot on our team.”

Marshall Day came in 54th at 24:22.72 and Zach Haus 57th in 25:26.63 to complete the varsity competition for Collins-Maxwell.

In the girls’ race Collins-Maxwell scored 43 points to beat Twin Cedars by 15 points and BGM by 16 for first out of eight scored teams. The Spartan girls had three runners place in the top 10 and all seven finished in the top 20.

“Our girls ran against some great competition tonight,” Meinerts said. “We knew that we had to run some better times if we were going to run with Twin Cedars.  Our girls did just that.  They started out as a pack and really worked together to move up.”

Morgan Day and Alexis Houge both finished in the top five to lead the Collins-Maxwell girls. Day took fourth with a 5-kilometer time of 23:25.64 and Houge was fifth in 23:34.73.  

Alexis Houge placed fifth to help the Collins-Maxwell girls beat Twin Cedars by 15 points for first place at the Tigerhawk Invitational in Colfax Sept. 10. The Spartan boys were also victorious on the day.

“Morgan had a great race tonight and really competed with the girls around her,” Meinerts said. “This was a tough, hilly course and I think she likes these types of courses.”

Twin Cedars’ Rylee Dunkin was the girls’ individual champion with a time of 20:55.92. Baxter’s Elie Tuhn finished second in 21:34.03 and BGM’s Hannah Gus third in 22:30.21.

Avery Fricke also placed in the top 10 for the Collins-Maxwell girls with a time of 23:53.66. Erica Houge was 15th in 24:34.69 and Meyaurah Pratt 16th in 24:45.93 to wrap up the scoring for the Spartans.

Karley Ruiz-Genovese and Ashlynn Davis also ran varsity. Ruiz-Genovese took 17th in 24:50.01 and Davis 19th in 25:15.31.

Final team scores

Girls: 1. Collins-Maxwell 43 points, 2. Twin Cedars 58, 3. BGM 59, 4. Grand View Christian 109, 5. Iowa Valley 132, 6. Colo-NESCO 139, 7. Saydel 158, 8. Colfax-Mingo 187.

Boys: 1. Collins-Maxwell 60, 2. Colfax-Mingo 64, 3. Colo-NESCO 68, 4. Grand View Christian 70, 5. Saydel 120, 6. Clarke 123, 7. Woodward Academy 177, 8. Baxter 194.

Individual results (5-kilometer) - Collins Maxwell

Girls: 4. Morgan Day, 23:25.64; 5. Alexis Houge, 23:34.73; 8. Avery Fricke, 23:53.66; 15. Erica Houge, 24:34.69; 16. Meyaurah Pratt, 24:45.93; 17. Karley Ruiz-Genovese, 24:50.01; 19. Ashlynn Davis, 25:15.31. 

Boys: 1. Kyle Vanderwal, 19:00.89; 2. Ethan Haus, 19:05.84; 14. Jacob Pierick, 20:12.43; 16. Austin Hennick, 20:35.69; 27. Hunter Lee, 22:11.87; 54. Marshall Day, 24.22.72; 57. Zach Haus, 25:26.63.