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Mueller highlights as ADM boys cross country takes third at conference meet

Andrew Brown
Dallas County News
ADM's Nathan Mueller leading the Raccoon River Conference meet on Monday, Oct. 12 in Ames.

On a breezy, 74 degree day from the Iowa State University cross country course, the 11th-ranked ADM boys cross country team captured third in the Raccoon River Conference meet. It marked the best finish for an ADM boys team in over five years as they went up against fifth-ranked North Polk and ninth-ranked Carlisle. 

"You look at how the team did last year and now adding two more teams including North Polk and Gilbert, adding more strength and still finishing third, we're really happy how things turned out," said boys head coach Josh Chapman. 

It was another highlight meet for ADM senior and recent Iowa State commit Nate Mueller. Out of all 62 runners in attendance, Mueller captured the individual conference title. That came courtesy of his time of 15:23 and marked a season-best. 

"He got out fast, maybe a little too fast and it hurt him a little bit in that third mile if you can say he had a bad mile," began Chapman. "He was very focused even with a strong headwind and ran a phenomenal time."

The finish meant that Mueller will finish his high school cross country career as a four-time Raccoon River Conference champion, the first in conference history. 

In total, the Tigers placed four inside the top-25, which also included junior Cooper Greenslade. With a time of 16:56, Greenslade placed seventh overall with not just a season-best time, but a career-best time as well.

"For Cooper, our goal was sub-17 and stay with those North Polk top-three," said Chapman. 

Greenslade's time earned him a first-team all-conference honor and marked the fifth straight meet he was second on the ADM roster behind Mueller. Senior Nathan Royer was the third man up for the Tigers, with his best time of 2020 at 17:43, nearly a full five seconds faster than his prior season-best. 

Rounding out the top-25 for ADM was Ethan Juergens. In just his third meet of the season, Juergens finished 25th after clocking in a time of 17:53. He was followed by junior Quinton Jimrey (29th place, 18:02).  Caleb Crystal blasted his prior season-best with a new time of 18:06 while Hubie Chaplin placed 34th (18:10).

"We had some guys really step up and took advantage of the cool weather with some strong times," Chapman said.

Following their best conference finish for quite some time, ADM will now move on to state qualifying next week . 

Cooper Greenslade runs in the 2020 Raccoon River Conference meet on Monday, Oct. 12 in Ames.