It's going to be tough for anyone to beat the Dowling Catholic boys cross country team this season. The Maroons flexed their muscles against some of the best teams in the state Thursday and walked away with an easy team victory during action at the Bobcat Invitational at Marshalltown Community College.
The event also featured No. 3 Pleasant Valley, No. 6 West Des Moines Valley, No. 8 Cedar Falls, No. 12 Waukee and Class 3A No. 5 Boone. Marshalltown finished behind all of those teams and a few others as the Bobcats placed 11th out of 20 teams.
"We finished about where I thought we would," Marshalltown coach Tim Bell said. "We improved our times, and I expected that. But this is like a mini state meet really. Our goal is to find out how good we are going to be at the end of the year."
T-R PHOTO BY TROY HYDE
Marshalltown senior Zach Wells runs with a pack of runners from Cedar Falls during action at the 39th annual Bobcat Cross Country Invitational on Thursday. Wells
finished 35th overall.
The Bobcats scored 325 points. Senior Zach Wells came in 35th to lead the way for Marshalltown. He crossed the line 17 minutes, 11 seconds. Senior Daniel Talbert was 58th overall with a time of 17:58, and sophomore Sam Johnson came in 67th in 18:17.
"Zach had a good week of training and is getting better, but he is not where he wants to be," Bell said. "But he'll keeping working. Daniel is getting better, too. Sam Johnson worked hard this summer, and I have been very pleased with his running so far."
The other two scoring runners for the Bobcats were junior Nathan Phillips in 77th and junior Hunter Barnard in 88th.
Team Standings - 1. Dowling Catholic 32, 2. Pleasant Valley 77, 3. Cedar Falls 101, 4. West Des Moines Valley 123, 5. Waukee 127, 6. Boone 170, 7. Ankeny 226, 8. Fort Dodge 248, 9. Southeast Polk 255, 10. Des Moines Roosevelt 257, 11. Marshalltown 325, 12. Urbandale 253, 13. Iowa Falls-Alden 374, 14. East Marshall 374, 15. Hudson 406, 16. South Tama 422, 17. Woodward Academy 441, 18. BCLUW 494, 19. Grundy Center 557, 20. GMG 632.
Individual (top 10) - 1. Chandler Austin, Boone, 15:26; 2. Ben Anderson, WDM Valley, 15:29; 3. Caleb Drake, PV, 15:46; 4. Spencer Clark, DC, 15:48; 5. Jeff DeRocher, DC, 15:52; 6. Jason Thomas, DC, 15:54; 7. Brian Wahlie, DC, 16:02; 8. Jaime Zarate, CF, 16:05; 9. Albert Meier, Boone, 16:10; 10. Lukas Steffensmeier, 16:19.
Marshalltown (325) - 35. Zach Wells, 17:11; 58. Daniel Talbert, 17:58; 67. Sam Johnson, 18:17; 77. Nathan Phillips, 18:37; 88. Hunter Barnard, 19:08; 104. Jacob Shirar, 19:46; 111. Andrew Potter, 20:02.
East Marshall (374) - 45. Ben Terrones, 17:31; 64. Caleb Benzing, 18:09; 81. Drew Schossow, 18:49; 82. Rob Petrie, 18:49; 102. Seth Webb, 19:37; 126. Nick Mommer, 22:04; 129. Tristan Danner, 22:44.
South Tama (422) - 56. Brady Ellenbecker, 17:49; 60. Robert Tyynismaa, 18:02; 89. Surrell Youngbear, 19:10; 107. Luis Perez, 19:54; 110. James Norton, 19:57; 124. Taylen Anderson, 21:25
BCLUW (494) - 62. Derek Coulter, 18:03; 83. Clark Jackley, 18:52; 113. Tanner Teske, 20:12; 115. Branden Storiohann, 20:31; 121. Isaiah Ralston, 21:00; 131. Clark Stevens, 23:16; 132. DJ Crompton, 23:16.
Grundy Center (557) - 63. Espen Cleveland, 18:05; 120. Tyler Harken, 20:52; 122. James Chungu, 21:17; 125. Samuel McKendree, 21:41; 127. Ian Alexia, 22:23.
GMG (632) - 118. Jeff Hughes, 20:45; 123. Josh Raymond, 21:22; 128. Dillon Slingluff, 22:43; 130. Logan Burt, 23:04; 134. Tyler Thurston, 25:50.
"We have a few kids who are not running yet, so we are trying to develop some younger runners faster than we would like," Bell said. "We want to see continued improvement and we have done that so far. We have inexperienced runners who are trying to learn quickly."
In other area action, East Marshall placed 14th, South Tama was 16th and BCLUW, Grundy Center and GMG ended up 18th, 19th and 20th.
The best area finisher after Wells was East Marshall junior Ben Terrones. He finished 45th overall and hit the finish line in 17:31. South Tama senior Brady Ellenbecker was 56th with a time of 17:49, and South Tama sophomore Robert Tyynismaa was 60th in 18:02.
BCLUW's top finisher was junior Derek Coulter, who finished 62nd and one second behind Tyynismaa. Grundy Center's Espen Cleveland was just two seconds behind Coulter in 63rd. And East Marshall sophomore Caleb Benzine was just four seconds behind Cleveland in 64th.
Boone junior Chandler Austin was the overall winner in 15:26. He stunned Class 4A No. 1 Ben Anderson of West Des Moines Valley, who was second and three seconds off Austin's pace. Austin is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A.
Anderson is the defending Class 4A state champion, while Austin was third in Class 3A at last year's state meet.
Class 4A No. 3 Spencer Clark of Dowling Catholic was upset by fifth-ranked Caleb Drake of Pleasant Valley. Dowling Catholic took places 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 to win easily.
Dowling Catholic wound up with just 32 points and was 45 points better than second-place Pleasant Valley. Cedar Falls, Valley and Waukee were third, fourth and fifth but were all well off the pace. Boone ended up sixth, Ankeny was seventh, Fort Dodge came in eighth, Southeast Polk ninth and Des Moines Roosevelt was 10th.