ALTA - The Alta-Aurelia Cross Country Meet was run here Monday on the East Golf course in beautiful weather.
The South O'Brien boys took the boys varsity race by a narrow margin, 42-45, over the host Warrior boys, and the Alta-Aurelia girls varsity won their race, scoring 51 points to runner-up Sibley-Ocheyedan's 67. The South O'Brien girls finished 5th.
Alta-Aurelia and South O'Brien were both able to field a JV boys' team as well, and the Alta-Aurelia boys won that competition over SOS, 20-39.
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen-Union also had varsity boys and girls compete, but did not have enough runners to qualify for the team titles.
In the Boys 5k varsity race, South O'Brien's Daniel Patterson continued his excellent performances this fall with a third-place finish, running the course in a time of 17:38.76. His Wolverine teammates Austin Dunnick and Luke Hoger finished 6h and 7th, respectively, with times of 18:08.84 and 18:21.92
Alta-Aurelia sophomore Ross Friedrich finished 8th, running in a time of 18:29.01, and his Warrior teammates Tyler Larson and Jayson VanHaaften were right behind, in 9th and 10th places, respectively, turning in times of 18:38.57 and 18:46.87.
Other A-A and SOS competitors included Michael Swanson, Sean Berg, Titus Letzring and Nathan Flaherty of Alta-Aurelia; and Brian Haden, Ben Aberson, Tanner Hedberg and Sean Anderson of SOS. All of these runners finished in the Top 25 of a 39-man field.
MMC-RU's Roman Galles was his school's top finisher, with his time of 19:46.69 good for a 21st place finish. Zack Kellogg toured the course in 20:18.31, good for 28th place. Other Eagle runners in the boys varsity race included Nathan Ruba, whose time of 22:24.42 garnered 37th place and Mark Peters, who placed 38th with his time of 23:12.88.
Eagle Coach Mark Fisher said all of his team's runners ran their fastest times of the year. "Nicki Schwarz ran her best race of the year, both in time and just overall," said Fisher. "Kayla Brady placed second in the JV race and would have finished 9th in varsity with a medal (they ran JV and varsity together), as she ran a fantastic race, as well."
Schwarz' time for the 4k run was 17:02.54, which earned the junior 4th place in the individual race, while freshman Brady's time was 18:41.21. Sarah Bird also competed for the MMC/RU varsity girls, and she toured the course in 20:56.01, good for 34th place.
MMC-RU 7th grader Leah Henderson ran in the Middle School 3200 Meter race, and she finished 15th with her time of 16:51.53.
An excited A-A coach Wendell Larsen said his team members also "ran the best we have run all season. Our first place finish for the girls was very exciting. We need to stay hungry so we can keep improving our times. I am very pleased and proud of all our runners."
For those Warrior varsity gals, Chayce Glienke finished 6th, with a time of 17:56.49 over the 4k course; Reghan Harms was 11th, with a time of 18:46.71; Stephanie Robbins finished 12th (19:00.87); Katie Post was 13th (19:02.84); Ali Turnquist was 18th, with a time of 19:37.23; Abby Hill was 22nd, in a time of 19:50.04; and Laura Holmes was 38th, with a time of 21:57.25.
The Warrior girls' first place finish is even more impressive when one considers that of the seven girls, only Robbins is a senior. Glienke, Turnquist and Holmes are all juniors, and the three other Alta-Aurelia runners are all freshmen.
In the Boys 5k JV race, Alta-Aurelia's Trenton Delp, Jason Flaherty, Matthew Swanson, Josh Baxter and Alex Larson all finished in the Top Ten, with Delp earning second with a time of 20:07.49. Hannah Nelson ran for A-A in the girls' 4k JV race, and the freshman finished 4th, with a time of 21:58.34.
Alta-Aurelia also had several athletes compete in the 3200 Meter Run event for Middle School students, and John Tuttle finished third, Cooper Siebrecht fifth, Jason Weiland sixth and Tyler Gaes 15th in the boys competition, while Mary Barnes was fifth, Alicia Turnquist seventh, Grace DePuma 11th, Cynthia Placido 13th and Haelr Bartholomew 16th in the girls' race.