Maquoketa Valley’s boys’ cross country team battled to a sixth-place finish at the Class 1A State Cross Country Meet at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Oct. 31. It was the third time in as many years that the Wildcats earned the team trip to state, finishing seventh in 2018 and fifth in 2019.
A quartet of juniors led MV at state. Cy Huber was 28th (17:35), Nolan Ries 30th (17:39), Michael Schaul 55th (18:06) and Mitch Heims 75th (18:30). Sophomore Landin Frasher rounded out the scoring with an 84th-place finish (19:47). Junior Brock Trenkamp was 126th (19:48) and freshman Toby Grimm 138th (20:27).
“Although the team and individual goals were not achieved at the state meet, a sense of satisfaction was achieved in that a good effort was made,” coach Pat Meehan said. “The team was hoping to place in the top three. We fell short in the final results but not in the effort made. Next year is another year full of promise.”
Brady Griebel, Bellevue, won the individual title in 15:52. Clay Pehl, Madrid, was second (16:21); Randy Jimenez, Southeast Warren, third (16:31); Brady Millikin, Pekin, fourth (16:33); Zach Dixon, Earlham, fifth (16:37); Jayden Dickson, Earlham, sixth (16:44); Chase Knoche, Calamus-Wheatland, seventh (16:45); Gabe Soda, Madrid, eighth (16:48); Stephen Flynn, Ogden, ninth (16:51); Jason Renze, Madrid, 10th (16:54); Brett McGee, Tri-Center, 11th (16:57); Sam Hansen, Hudson, 12th (16:58); Isaac Natvig, Valley Lutheran, 13th (16:58); Bryce McDonough, Central Springs, 14th (16:59); and Dominic Braet, Earlham, 15th (17:01) were this year’s medalists.
Madrid earned the team title with 58 points. Earlham was second (70), South Winneshiek third (140), ACGC fourth (156), Bellevue fifth (172), MV sixth (203), Ogden seventh (207), Hudson eighth (238), Pekin ninth (263), Nodaway Valley 10th (269), East Marshall 11th (275), Fort Dodge, St. Edmond 12th (277), Mason City Newman 13th (296), Columbus Community 14th (298), Siouxland Christian 15th (298) and Central Springs 16th (304).
“The highest a Wildcat boys’ team has placed in the state meet is fourth which occurred in the 1990s. With eight out of nine runners returning, along with a good group of eighth-graders coming into high school, anticipation runs high for next year,” Meehan said.