Three of the four Dallas County high school cross country teams were in action Tuesday night with the 44th annual Tom Karpan Cross Country Invite held at Valley Southwoods.
ADM, Waukee, and Dallas Center-Grimes girls’ and boys’ cross country teams participated and made up a 17 team field on the boys side and a 13 team field on the girls side.
Starting with the boys, it was Dallas Center-Grimes to lead the pack as the Class 3A fifth ranked Mustangs placed seventh with a point total of 202. West Des Moines Valley won the boys meet with 51 points. The Mustangs put two inside the top 25 runners and three inside the top 50. For the second straight meet, freshman Aidan Ramsey led the way placing 19th with a time of 17:40. That was followed by senior Tyler Borneman in 21st with a time of 17:41. Both Ramsey and Borneman are ranked inside the top 30 boys runners in Class 3A.
The Waukee boys placed tenth as a team averaging a time of 18:34. The Warriors were led by senior Augie Muenzenmay with a time of 18:08 and a 40th place finish. He was followed by Tyler Stallman in 49th and Kyle Ruby in 62nd. The two earned times of 18:19 and 18:43 respectively.
The Tigers of ADM made a last minute entrance into the field and ended up placing 12th overall with a time of 1:34.39. ADM’s two ranked runners in Class 3A’s 23rd ranked Ethan Juergens and fourth ranked Nate Mueller paced the way for the Tigers placing 11th and 65th respectively. It was perhaps the best run of the year so far for Juergens with a season best time of 17:32. Mueller clocked in with a time of 18:44. Rounding out the top seven for the Tigers were Quinten Kimrey in 72nd place, Braeden Hegarty in 85th place, Max Fouts in 96th place, Sam Hlas in 98th place and Owen Meier in 99th place out of 148 runners.
As for the girls side of things, it was Class 4A’s second ranked Waukee to lead the trio with a third place finish and a time of 1:47:02. The Warriors placed four inside the top 25 with all top seven runners earning a top 40 finish or better. Ellie Huisman, a Class 4A top 30 runner, paced the way with a ninth place finish and a time of 21:04. Junior Emma Shepard was close behind in 12th place with a time of 21:14. Jessica Caraway, an integral part of the 4x800 meter relay team that set a state record last year, placed 13th Tuesday afternoon with a time of 21:15 which was followed up by freshman Ava Carder in 22nd thanks to a time of 21:38.
The Fillies of Dallas Center-Grimes ended the day in fifth place averaging 21:59 and earned a total time of 1:49:53. There were five top 50 finishes by the Fillies starting with freshman Hannah Little. Little placed tenth in one of her best races of the season so far and clocked in with a time of 21:04. Teammate and returning state meet runner Emma Angus fell just a second behind Little and placed 11th thanks to a time of 21:05. Fellow sophomore Miranda Muhlstein clocked in with a time of 21:55 while the top 50 finishes for DC-G were rounded out with Lara Kallem in 49th (22:53), and senior Grace Robbins in 50th (22:56).
ADM girls’ cross country fought hard for a 12th place finish, ending with a time of 2:05:11. All top seven runners for ADM earned top 100 status out of 112 total runners. Sophomore Hannah Welch led the way for the Lady Tigers by placing 53rd with a time of 23:06. Freshman softball star Brynn Busta flashed some speed on the course with a 66th place finish thanks to a time of 24:28. The sophomore pair of Zoe Marckmann and Astraea Munyan broke the top 80 with 72nd and 79th place finishes respectively. Kristen Bair placed 81st with a time of 26:41 while Emily Hlas and Holland Zwank rounded out the top seven placing 83rd and 85th respectively.