DIKE - Propelled by a quartet of top-16 finishers, the West Marshall boys' cross country team held off Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR (97) for a third-place finish with 93 points in the Wolverine Invitational at Fox Ridge Golf Course Tuesday.
Columbus Catholic (66) edged Class 1A No. 3 ranked Denver (68) for the team title, while the fourth-ranked host Wolverines (97) rounded out the top five. No. 8 BCLUW (147) claimed seventh, while Grundy Center (284) was ninth in the 12-team field.
GMG and North Tama also competed but did not have enough runners to figure into the team scoring.
Nathan Bradley triggered the Trojans with a seventh-place finish coming through in 16 minutes, 52 seconds. IFA/AGWSR's Isaac Montes won the race in 15:52. Also medaling with top-15 finishes for West Marshall were Nathan Bradley (7th), Austin McCool (13th) and Tanner Arnold (15th). Cole White (16th) and Adam Sodders (42nd) wrapped up West Marshall's team score.
Derek Coulter paced the Comets with a 12th-place showing, while Ben Kuhl (26th) and Clark Jackley (27th) finished neck-and-neck. Branden Storjohann (35th) and Tanner Teske (47th) completed BCLUW's scoring quintet.
Espen Cleveland led Grundy Center with a 40th-place performance. James Chungu (52nd), Ian Alexia (62nd), Samuel McKendree (63rd) and Tyler Harken (67th) also figured into the Spartans' total tally.
Jeff Hughes led GMG coming through in 53rd, while Robert Young powered North Tama in 89th.
Hannah Stumberg had another strong outing but no teammates close behind her as the Grundy Center girls finished seventh (208) out of 15 squads. Stumberg finished 12th to medal in a time of 16:18. Denver's Kelsey Kirchoff won in 15:00.
Class 1A No. 2 North Linn had all five scoring runners place in the top-18 en route to a winning total of 61, while No. 7 Dike-New Hartford (76) and No. 8 Denver (83) rounded out the top three.
BCLUW (222) edged Aplington-Parkersburg (224) for eighth, while North Tama (307) and Gladbrook-Reinbeck (336) placed 11th and 14th respectively out of 15 teams.
Erica Buck (32nd), Jes Ackerson (43rd), Dalyn Maxson (55th) and Kate Ross (66th) also figured into the Spartans' scoring five.
West Marshall, which did not have enough runners to score, was led by Victoria Pothast in ninth.
Becca Steckelberg (14th) and Amelia Tonner (15th) provided a strong 1-2 punch for BCLUW, though the Comets also had a large gap as Michelle Schmitt (56th), Molly Pieper (67th) and Bailey Nash (70th) completed BCLUW's team score.
Abi Watson guided North Tama with a fourth-place finish, while Jamie Huntley (64th), BrandiAnne Daub (74th), Jordyn TeBeest (81st) and Alexis Taylor (84th) also contributed to the Redhawks' final tally.
Nicole Adair paced Gladbrook-Reinbeck in 51st, while Meg Edler was not far behind in 59th. Hannah Martin (69th), Kelsey Schwartz (78th) and Rachel Bown (79th) also figured into the Rebels' score.
GMG's Allison Stegman led the Wolverines in 100th.