Algona, Dodger boys near the top

HUMBOLDT – Progress continued to be made by the Fort Dodge boys cross country team on Monday night.

Behind a pair of Top-10 individual showings, the Dodgers finished third in the Humboldt Invitational at Sheldon Park, accumulating 110 points. Second-ranked (Class 3A) Boone (44) prevailed for a fifth straight year, while Algona (62) settled for a runner-up effort.

No. 8 (2A) St. Edmond (153) checked in sixth.

Junior Alex Jackson, ranked 25th in 4A, led the way for FDSH, placing seventh in a time of 17:45.86. Thomas Thompson (8th, 17:46.29), Austin Read (19th, 18:32.90), Ryan Wagner (25th, 18:43.83) and Caleb Asay (51st, 19:39.31) were the other Dodger counters.

“Our first two guys (Jackson and Thompson) just went out and ran their race uptempo,” said FDSH head coach Tim Hanson. “This (Sheldon Park) was a lot harder course than what we’re used to seeing (at the Humboldt Country Club), but finishing third behind two strong 3A schools is about what I thought we’d do. We need to rest up now and get ready for Mason City on Thursday, which is a meet our guys are looking forward to.”

Bo Hjelle (5th, 17:31.76), Adam Poeppe (12th, 17:51.84), Peter Hollinger (14th, 18:09.33), Loren Shellabarger (15th, 18:17.60) and Mason Altman (16th, 18:18.97) were all in action for the Bulldogs.

Running for the Gaels were Casey McEvoy (18th, 18:30.10), Jacob Hamilton (22nd, 18:41.14), Harrison Mayer (24th, 18:43.24), Nate Yetmar (41st, 19:21.51) and Devin Camamo (48th, 19:35.16).

“(Monday) was the first time Casey has ever been our No. 1 guy, so my hat’s off to him,” SEHS head coach Mike Szalat said. “I thought Jacob also did a good job of helping set the tone. We had a little bigger spread than we’ve had in the past, but that’s ok if our top guys keep moving up. We’re actually deeper than what I thought we would be.”

Bishop Garrigan’s Zach Kollasch (27th, 18:47.44), Humboldt’s Michael Bowden (31st, 18:54.79), Eagle Grove’s Noah Stephas (49th, 19:35.88), Prairie Valley’s Spencer Warehime (38th, 19:10.53), Manson Northwest Webster’s Chase Bulten (36th, 19:03.44), Emmetsburg’s 17th-ranked (1A) Nick Grandstaff (23rd, 18:42.59) and Clarion-Goldfield’s Alec Norem (109th, 22:08.24) anchored each of their respective programs.

“Our boys have been injured, so we’ve just had a hard time putting races together,” said HHS head coach Dean Clasen. “Once we start to get some guys healthy again, I think we should be contenders for the top half of the (North Central Conference).”

Boone’s No. 1 senior Albert Meier took home gold in 16:31.85, while second-ranked classmate Chandler Austin (16:34.50) was right behind. Austin and Meier actually went 1-2 at last year’s 3A state meet.