The third-ranked Waukee boys’ cross country team dominated its home invitational on Tuesday, putting three in the top four to easily outpace runner-up Ames, 26-58.
The meet was run at Valley Southwoods in West Des Moines. The Warriors’ regular home course, at Walnut Creek Little League, was unavailable because of a repaving project.
The third-ranked Warriors didn’t seem to mind. Ryan Tunink ran to the individual title in 16 minutes, 16 seconds, followed closely by Austin Krohnke (third in 16:36) and Brennan Borgestad (fourth in 16:48). Mohad Awan was seventh in 16:48, and Noah Larrison’s 11th-place finish in 16:58 locked in the team score. Also running were seniors Michael Fellers, who was 18th, and Nathan Schaffer, who was 21st in the field of 65 runners.
"Coming off a fine performance at Minnesota over the weekend, I was really impressed with how the guys responded with tired legs," coach Josh Maxwell said. "We had a race plan to seek the front and feed off one another in our pack, and they executed."
The Waukee girls came away with a third-place finish and 86 points, behind Ames (52) and Urbandale (74). Erika Lewis (15:23), Kayla Sabotin (15:26) and Rachel Brush (15:28) finished 10th, 11th and 12th, while Jordan Allen was 19th in 15:44 and Maggie Laird 34th in 16:14. Maddie Anderson was 35th and Bri Young 37th.
The boys’ team also logged a fifth-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis on Sept. 28.
Waukee finished with 255 points, trailing only Wayzata (Minn., 116), Edina (Minn., 159), Bismark (N.D., 231) and Rock Bridge (Mo., 238) in the 51-team Gold division.
Tunink was 30th overall in 16:28, marking the fastest time for a Waukee runner on the course. Borgestad was 53rd in 16:49, Larrison was 59th in 16:53, Krohnke was 66th in 16:57 and Awan was 85th in 17:05. Also competing were Michael Fellers (154th), Schaffer (155th), Henry Oberman (172nd), Kevin Kato (233rd) and Billy Torgerson (235th).