It was the season opener for the ADM cross country teams over the weekend as the Tigers traveled to Urbandale to initiate the 2019 campaign.

Both girls’ and boys’ teams took on four-team fields including Class 4A ninth-ranked Dowling Catholic, eleventh ranked Des Moines Roosevelt, Indianola, and host 14th ranked Urbandale. That included over three ranked individuals including Class 3A second-ranked Nate Mueller who just so happened to take the meet’s top spot within the boys’ race. The junior star captured a top time of 15:57.6, a full three seconds ahead of second-place Payton Marrs of Urbandale and topped the entire 149 runner field. It was a stellar performance for sure, but one that head coach David Zwank is looking to improve as the season progresses.

“While it was a good performance out of Nate, it’s kind of what himself and the team expected,” began Zwank. “Even though it was a great finish, we hope that that’s not his peak. We’re looking for improved times and peak during the competition season, not at the very beginning of the season.”

The Tiger boys placed all seven of their top runners inside the top 32 runners including sophomore Quinton Kimrey whose time of 18:47.4 placed him 24th overall. Junior Nathan Royer clocked in a time of 18:51.6 to place 26th. Royer was part of a group that included Braeden Hegarty in 27th with a time 19:05.7 followed by Cooper Greenslade in 28th (19:14.5). Rounding out the scores for the Tigers included Max Fouts in 29th (19:31.6) and Caleb Crystal in 32nd (10:05.4). Overall the Tiger boys placed fourth as a team with a mark of 1:31:56.8.

On the girls’ side, the team captured a collective time of 1:54:17.6. The Tiger girls had all seven of their top runners place inside the top 35 individual runners. Freshman Geneva Timmerman paced the way for the Tiger girls placing eighth out of 153 runners with a time of 20:32.8. Coming fresh off of a state track meet appearance, junior Hannah Welch posted a 24th place time of 21:35.0. Her efforts were followed by freshman Callie Moyer in 29th (22:56.0), Astraea Munyan in 32nd (24:05.2), and Sophia Chesney in 33rd (4:08.6). Rounding out the top seven for ADM included Tess Boorn in 34th (24:24.5) and Emily Hlas in 35th (24:59.0).

Next up for both Tiger squads will be a trip to the Huxley where they will battle it out on the Ballard Golf & Country Club. Both squads will take on 23 team fields including three other Raccoon River Conference squads beginning at 4:30 p.m