Algona boys crowned in Webster City

WEBSTER CITY – Tuesday’s Lynx Invitational resulted in a pair of new champions.

Behind five Top-10 individual showings, Algona dethroned three-time defending meet title-holder Boone in the team race. The Bulldogs registered 32 points, followed by the Toreadors (38), Fort Dodge Senior High (65), St. Edmond (103) and Webster City (181).

Peter Hollinger (4th, 17:45.72), Bo Hjelle (5th, 17:46.60), Adam Poeppe (6th, 17:54.60), Nathan Stumme (7th, 17:56.13) and Loren Shellabarger (10th, 18:03.42) comprised Algona’s lineup.

“That’s what team cross country is all about,” said AHS head coach Chad Ahlers. “I think our guys (packed up) a little tighter than what I expected coming in. Having five guys finish in the top 10 gives us something to build off now.”

Boone senior Albert Meier took home gold in a time of 15:43.88, which was just two seconds off the meet record. Teammate Chandler Austin (16:24.85) grabbed silver. Austin and Meier actually went 1-2 at the Class 3A state meet last fall.

Junior Alex Jackson paced the Dodgers with a third-place effort (16:59.69). Other FDSH counters were Thomas Thompson (9th, 18:00.53), Austin Read (12th, 18:18.45), Ryan Wagner (18th, 18:48.13) and Devon Schuster (23rd, 19:00.33).

“Our goal was to win the meet, but this was a good eye- opener for us to see where we stand,” FDSH head coach Tim Hanson said. “I think some of our guys ran a little too fast at the beginning, but they can use that as a learning experience.

“It was nice to see Alex get third behind two of the state’s best (3A) runners (in Meier and Austin). All you can ask for is improvement from last year, which he was able to do (Jackson was fourth here last year in 17:32.64) .”

Jacob Hamilton (15th, 18:33.92), Casey McEvoy (17th, 18:43.98), Devin Camamo (22nd, 18:56.67), Harrison Mayer (24th, 19:00.87) and Nate Yetmar (25th, 19:05.22) represented the Gaels.

“Our whole group packed up pretty tight just like I figured,” said SEHS head coach Mike Szalat. “There’s nothing wrong with finishing fourth behind two 3A programs (Algona and Boone) and Senior High.

“I bet Algona really opened some eyes with their performance. I didn’t know they’d be that strong up front.”

Webster City’s Adam McMurray (32nd, 19:22.07), Humboldt’s Jake Miller (14th, 18:23.27), Manson Northwest Webster’s Jack Walstrom (13th, 18:22.40), Prairie Valley’s Spencer Warehime (26th, 19:06.04) and Eagle Grove’s Noah Stephas (28th, 19:13.37) all anchored their respective schools.

“Overall, it was an outstanding meet with some of the best runners in the state from the 1A, 2A and 3A ranks,” WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said. “The Boone kid (Meier) was chasing the cart the whole way, and Algona had one of the best team races I’ve seen in years.”