The Dallas Center-Grimes cross country team traveled to Pella for their state qualifying meet on Thursday, Oct. 19. Both the Mustangs and the Fillies placed in the top three, allowing them to qualify for the state meet.

The Mustangs finished in first place with their team total time of 1:26:11.6. The Mustangs had an average spread of 17:14.4 and 34 points.

Senior Alex Thompson was the highest-placing Mustang. Thompson finished in second place with his time of 16:58.6. Nevada’s Malachi Hornbuckle placed first with a time of 16:35.5.

The next three Mustangs finished right after each other. Brian Miner placed sixth with a time of 17:11.6. Trenton Meggers followed Miner in seventh with his time of 17:15.0. In eighth was Jacob Waymire, who ran a time of 17:20.5.

Just six seconds behind Waymire was Ean Followwill. Followwill placed 11th with his time of 17:25.9.

Bradley Ramsey and Steve Borneman were the last of the Mustangs to cross the finish line. Ramsey finished in 16th when he ran a time of 17:36.4 and Borneman placed 19 with a time of 17:57.8.The Mustangs will be running at the State Meet on Saturday, Oct. 28 in Fort Dodge at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course at 12:30 p.m.


The Fillies took second place with a total time of 1:44:33.9; just one minute behind Pella (1:43:20.9). The Fillies had an average time spread of 20:54.8 and a total of 61 points.

Miranda Muhlstein and Lexi Smith were the Fillies’ top two finishers. Muhlstein placed eighth with her time of 20:31.6. Just five seconds behind, Smith placed ninth with a time of 21:36.6.

Kaitlyn Murano and Emma Angus also finished the meet back-to-back. Murano finished in 12th with her time of 20:57.4 and Angus placed 13th with a time of 21:00.2.

Not even 30 seconds behind Angus was Nicole Merical. Merical ran the meet in 21:28.2 and placed 19th.

Natalie Paulson and Sami Sterbenz finished 23rd and 24th to wrap up the meet for the Fillies. Paulson (23rd) ran a time of 21:41.9 and Sterbenz (24th) finished with a time of 21:44.4.

The Mustangs and Fillies will be running at the State Meet on Saturday, Oct. 28 in Fort Dodge at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course. The Fillies will run at noon and the Mustangs will run at 12:30 p.m.