By a mere single point, the Dallas Center-Grimes boys cross country team captured history with a Class 3A team title at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge. It marked the first-ever title for the Mustangs after a ten-year journey that began with their first state meet appearance.
Three top-ten finishers helped out their cause along with the fact that all seven runners for the Mustangs captured finishes 76th or better. Overall, DC-G clocked in a team time of 1:23:46.9. Leading the way, as has been the case all season, was Class 3A’s third-ranked Aidan Ramsey. The sophomore earned All-State honors for his fourth-place finish thanks to a time of 16:19.9. It was a performance rooted in so many things but perhaps the biggest factor as noted by Aidan himself was the work of head coach Matt Pries.
“Coach Pries has been so helpful with us and so positive,” said Aidan. “He’s a big reason why I’m here today. I’ve improved a lot about my running and I owe a lot to him. He’s always preached positivity and that’s what I felt out there today.”
Following up that performance was one of Bradley Ramsey’s best times with a mark of 16:25.2 to finish sixth overall. The Mustangs have had a similar cast of characters for their top three spots and that continued on Saturday when Jacob Storey clocked in a time of 16:28.3 for an overall eighth-place finish out of 130 runners. Owen Pries had a strong finish as he crossed the finish line in 38th place overall with a time of 17:10.9 while Jacob Ewers finished 53rd thanks to a time of 17:22.6. Rounding out the Mustang lineup was Jacob Hochstetler who produced a time of 17:41.7 to cap off his senior season with a 70th place finish. Junior Dawson Assink officially rounded out the scores with a time of 17:47.8 to place 76th overall.
Rounding out the top five was Clear Creek-Amana in second, Center Point-Urbana in third, Dubuque Whalert in fourth, and Marion in fifth.