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Cub boys come in second in division at Pella Invite

Lucas Markey
Lucas Markey
Caitlyn Dewell
Caitlyn Dewell
Connor Macvey
Connor Macvey
Emily Dittmer
Emily Dittmer

Dewell places fourth for Nevada girls

PELLA – The Nevada boys’ cross country team turned in an outstanding runner-up effort, and the Cub girls also experienced a good day at the Pella Invitational Saturday at Central College in Pella.

The Cub boys did a tremendous job running in a pack, finishing with a score of 56 to trail only Gilbert’s winning score of 28 among the six scored teams in the Small School Division. Collins-Maxwell-Baxter was a distant third with 110 points.

Nevada’s top two runners – senior Lucas Markey and freshman Connor MacVey – placed in the top 10.

Markey – the top returning runner from a year ago – completed the five-kilometer course in 19 minutes 11 seconds to place seventh. MacVey finished the second varsity race of his career in 19:19 to take eighth individually.

The Cubs had another group of runners finish in the top 15 after completing the race within eight seconds of each other to round out the team’s scoring. Zach Hansen took 12th in 19:42, Johordan Ritter was 13th in 19:44 and Duncan Westphal came in 14th at 19:50.

Freshman Drew Barker finished in the top 20 with a 19th-place time of 20:41 and Erik Tanner was 25th with a 21:17 showing as the other Cub varsity runners.

Gilbert’s Thomas Pollard ran the fastest time of all runners – Large and Small School Division – to win the Small School Division individual title. Pollard crossed the finish line in 16:13 to beat the 16:21 run by Large School Division champ Skylar Dejong of Oskaloosa.

In the girls’ race Gilbert also won with 37 points. Lynnville-Sully took second with 65 points, Nevada was third with a score of 76 and CMB was the final scored team with 111 points.

Caitlin Dewell and Emily Dittmer were the top individual performers for the Cub girls as they both placed in the top 10 individually among Small School Division runners. Dewell took fourth overall with a four-kilometer time of 17:48 and Dittmer came in ninth at 18:03.

Gilbert’s Grace Gibbons ran the fastest time among the girls’ competitors in both classes as she clocked in at 15:28.

The other runners to score for Nevada were Nicole Dewell, Erin Sellberg and Elli Cassabaum.

Dewell and Sellberg both placed in the top 20. Dewell ran an 18th-place time of 19:40 and Sellberg came in 20th at 20:05.

Cassabaum clocked in at 20:20 to finish 22nd. Caroline Goecke also competed for Nevada and she was 25th with a 20:32 showing.

Final team scores

Girls: 1. Gilbert 37 points, 2. Lynnville-Sully 65, 3. Nevada 76, 4. CMB 111

Boys: 1. Gilbert 28, 2. Nevada 56, 3. CMB 110, 4. BGM 139, 5. PCM 150, 6. Lynnville-Sully 170

Individual results – Nevada

Girls (4-kilometer): 4. Caitlin Dewell, 17:48; 9. Emily Dittmer, 18:03; 18. Nicole Dewell, 19:40; 20. Erin Sellberg, 20:05; 22. Elli Cassabaum, 20:20; 25. Caroline Goecke, 20:32.

Boys (5-kilometer): 7. Lucas Markey, 19:11; 8. Connor MacVey, 19:19; 12. Zach Hansen, 19:42; 13. Johordan Ritter, 19:44; 14. Duncan Westphal, 19:50; 19. Drew Barker, 20:41; 25. Erik Tanner, 21:17.

AMES – The Nevada cross country teams both battled hard against bigger schools before placing last at the Ames Invitational Sept. 5 at the Iowa State cross country course.

The Cub boys finished with 226 points to come in 42 points behind Boone’s seventh-place score of 184. Cedar Falls easily won the team title with 26 points, Ames was second with a score of 50 and West Des Moines Valley took third with 89 points.

Evan Rix, Lucas Markey, Duncan Westphal, Conner MacVey and Zach Hansen each placed in the top 50 as the five scored Cub runners. Rix was 42nd with a five-kilometer time of 19 minutes, 31.6 seconds; Markey took 43rd in 19:32.8, Westphal placed 46th with a time of 20:14.8, MacVey placed 48th with a 20:32 showing and Hansen finished right at 50th after clocking in at 20:42.7.

Erik Tanner and Josef Lovin took 55th and 57th respectively as the other Cub varsity runners.

The Nevada girls had a score of 133 to place last out of six teams. Waterloo West was fifth with 116 points and Ames easily won as the Little Cyclone girls placed the top six individuals to earn a perfect score of 15.

Caitlin Dewell and Emily Dittmer both placed in the top 20 for the Nevada girls. Dewell ran a 15th-place four-kilometer time of 17:34.2 and Dittmer took 16th in 17:41.7.

Erin Sellberg, Emily Haywood and Caroline Goecke placed 34th, 35th and 36th respectively as the other Cub scored runners. Sellberg ran a 19:43.4, Haywood finished in 20:00.3 and Goecke crossed the finish line in 20:45.1

Elli Cassabaum added a 40th-place time of 21:02.1 for Nevada.

Cedar Falls Jared Failor won the boys’ individual title in 16:52.5. Ames’ Zoe Pritchard edged teammate Claire Dupuis for the girls’ crown as they turned in respective times of 15:27.2 and 15:27.6.

Final team scores

Girls: 1. Ames 15 points, 2. West Des Moines Valley 72, 3. Grinnell 82, 4. Boone 108, 5. Waterloo West 116, 6. Nevada 133.

Boys: 1. Cedar Falls 26, 2. Ames 50, 3. West Des Moines Valley 89, 4. Des Moines Roosevelt 108, 5. Waterloo West 125, 6. Grinnell 138, 7. Boone 184, 8. Nevada 226.

Individual results – Nevada

Girls (4-kilometer): 15. Caitlin Dewell, 17:34.2; 16. Emily Dittmer, 17:41.7; 34. Erin Sellberg, 19:43.4; 35. Emily Haywood, 20:00.3; 36. Caroline Goecke, 20:45.1; 40. Elli Cassabaum, 21:02.1.

Boys (5-kilometer): 42. Evan Rix, 19:31.6; 43. Lucas Markey, 19:32.8; 46. Duncan Westphal, 20:14.8; 48. Conner MacVey 20:32.0; 50. Zach Hansen, 20:42.7; 55. Erik Tanner, 21:06.4; 57. Josef Lovin, 21:50.5.

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