Dallas Center-Grimes started its cross country season on a strong note Tuesday with a sweep of the team titles at the DC-G Invitational in Dallas Center.
The Mustangs scored a 71 to beat North Polk (81) and 15 other teams in the boys’ race. The Fillies edged their former conference foe, Winterset, 65-73, in the 14-team girls’ race.
The Mustangs held off North Polk despite a 1-3 finish from the Comets’ Peter Smith and Ryley Sandberg, and despite the Mustangs not recording a top-10 individual finish. They made up for it with a strong pack-run. Colin Martin (18 minutes, 56 seconds), Nick Smith (18:57) and Chad Connelly (18:58) were 11th, 12th and 13th, while Ross Miller (19:09) and Carsen Kurth (19:10) were 17th and 18th overall to lock in the team score.
Other Mustangs in the field included Blake Schaben (25th), Colin Quass (26th), Jared Pugh (27th) and Jacob Cline (29th).
The Fillies got a lift from senior Madison Waymire, who outstrided Ballard’s Abby Kohut-Jackson to win the individual title in 15:42. Her teammate, Sydnee Hendricks, was sixth in 16:48, followed by Emma Bravard, who was 15th in 17:32. Jaymie Block was 23rd with a time of 18:04, while Catie Kruse and Olivia Weaver were 33rd and 34th with 18:31 finishes.
Other Fillies competing included Kim Buck (60th), Maci Masching (63rd) Maddie Carpenter (70th) and Shelby Freestone (85th).
The Van Meter boys finished 13th, while the girls were 14th. The boys were led by two-time state qualifier Austin Dunbar, who recorded a 14th-place finish in19:02. James Orf was 49th in 20:27, Ty Thomas was 99th in 21:35, Michael Kinley was 117th in 22:10 and David Brangoccio was 123rd in 22:22. Also running were Will Seiler (126th) and John Maher (166th).
The Bulldog girls were led by Sarah Koch, who was 40th overall in 18:41. Emma Skahill was 82nd in 20:11, Maddie Allen was 99th in 20:56, Grace Seiler was 120th in 21:38 and Melinda Davis was 165th in 25:54.