Gael boys advance

AMES – Make it five consecutive state appearances for the St. Edmond boys cross country program.

The eighth-ranked Gaels placed third at a Class 2A district meet on Thursday, compiling 95 points.

No. 2 Gilbert (48) and sixth-ranked East Marshall (68) were first and second.

“This is 11 (state trips) in 14 years for us, and I think we’re getting to the point now where each team doesn’t want to be the one not to make it,” said SEHS head coach Mike Szalat. “We had ourselves somewhere between second or third going in, but East Marshall really packed up well. Gilbert is just solid with two really good runners and three in the Top-10, so we know we’ll have our hands full with both of those teams at the state meet.”

Jacob Hamilton, a junior, moved on individually by finishing 10th for the Gaels in a time of 17:44. Casey McEvoy (12th, 17:50), Harrison Mayer (19th, 17:50), Nate Yetmar (20th, 18:37) and Devin Camamo (34th, 19:07) rounded out St. Edmond’s counters.

“Jacob ran real well, and it’s pretty special for him to finish in the Top-10 against some real good individuals,” Szalat said. “I was also real pleased with Casey’s performance. He’s been gone on a leadership conference since Friday, so I didn’t really know he was going to run. Nate has stepped up for us the last couple of weeks, too.”

On the girls side, St. Edmond settled for ninth with 207 points. No. 3 Gilbert (21), East Marshall (97) and Roland-Story (118) each advanced.

Jaci Taylor (35th, 17:53), Madi Reel (37th, 17:55), Kara Salinas (40th, 17:59), Joeli Koenig (45th, 18:08) and Leah Cosgrove (51st, 18:20) all competed for the Gaels.

“We had us kind of projected at eighth going in, but six out of our seven runners ran their best times of the year, which is what we wanted to see,” said Szalat. “I thought our girls packed up very well.”

Gilbert’s No. 3 Wesley Greder (16:53) was the boys individual champion, while top-ranked Grace Gibbons (14:55) of the Tigers earned gold in the girls race.