The mental edge was on the side of the Dallas Center-Grimes boys’ cross country team Thursday evening as they claimed second place in the DC-G Invitational.

It was an eleven team field that included returning state meet qualifiers in Johnston and Carlisle. A good race both mentally and physically landed the Mustangs with four top 15 place winners en rout to 61 points, just missing out on the upper-classmen laden Carlisle squad who claimed the top spot with 25 points.

Before the race began, Mustang head coach Matt Pries talked about the mental side of the game as a positive for the 2018 squad.

“We focus a great deal on that part of training, and the guys continue to grow in the understanding of that,” began Pries. “Certainly, our more experienced runners are more used to giving focus to that, but our younger and less experienced guys are learning and getting more opportunities to improve that aspect of training.”

The mental focus was in full force and it began oddly enough, with freshman standout Aidan Ramsey who placed fourth overall with a time of 17:36.7. Senior Tyler Borneman was not too far behind, placing sixth out of 259 runners with his time of 17:54.3. Sophomore Brock Wolf claimed tenth place with a time of 18:07.2 while the sole returner from last years state cross country team, Bradley Ramsey, took 14th overall with a time of 18:23.3. Carter Eischeid, Owen Pries, and Blake Croushore rounded out the team scoring placing 27th, 28th, and 32nd respectively.

The Mustangs will be back in action on Thursday, September 6 when they travel to Camp Dodge for an invitational against Johnston beginning at 5 p.m.