MARSHALLTOWN - It didn't take long for the sharing agreement between Webster City and Northeast Hamilton to pay dividends for the Lynx cross country team.
Steven Smith, a senior at Northeast Hamilton, made a significant splash in his debut in a Lynx uniform, as he set the pace for his team's large group of competitors at yesterday's fourth annual Marshalltown Earlybird.
Smith toured the Marshalltown Community College course in 18 minutes, 34 seconds to better a pack of teammates and place 12th overall.
DFJ photo by Troy Hyde
Steven Smith, left, heads down the course in Marshalltown yesterday. The Northeast Hamilton senior led Webster City in his first ever cross country race.
Webster City - ranked No. 12 (Class 3A) in the Iowa Association of Track Coaches poll - finished second in the team race with 83 points, well behind champion Waterloo West (23). Marshalltown (93) was third, and No. 8-ranked (1A) Dike-New Hartford (95) took fourth.
"We had a very strong team race with some very positive surprises, particularly from some of our newcomers," WCHS head coach Tony Bussan said, noting he entered 22 runners in the varsity race to use the meet as a time trial in preparation for Tuesday's Lynx Invitational. "To defeat a traditional power like Marshalltown and a strong team like Dike-New Hartford is a good beginning to our season."
Smith kept pace with veteran teammates Lucas Poland, Ethan Glenn and Jacob Clabaugh during the early stages of the 5K before eventually passing them all.
1. Waterloo West 23; 2. Webster City 83; 3. Marshalltown 93; 4. Dike-New Hartford 95; 5. Ottumwa 118; 6. South Tama 135; 7. Grundy Center 207; 8. Belle Plaine 208; 9. Waterloo East 262.
Webster City Results
12. Steven Smith 18:34; 15. Lucas Poland 18:49; 16. Ethan Glenn 18:52; 18. Jacob Clabaugh 18:57; 22. Antrez Conley 19:17; 23. Brandon Arkland 19:25; 24. Seth Crouthamel 19:30; 29. Nick Olmstead 19:54; 32. Kenton Johnston 20:14; 34. Eric Coleman 20:31; 35. Christian Lemus 20:34; 37. Cole Zahn 20:37; 39. Nick Thilges 20:51; 46. Ryan Heinrichs 20:56; 47. Brody Foster 21:05; 48. Demar Lemus 21:08; 50. Adam McMurray 21:12; 53. Sam Bowman 21:33; 55. Jason McVicker 21:42; 59. Jon Tasler 22:18; 62. Cole Youngdale 22:37; 68. Connor Foster 23:36.
1. Waterloo West 42; 2. Marshalltown 54; 3. Ottumwa 56; 4. Dike-New Hartford 79; 5. Webster City 136; 6. Grundy Center 157; 7. Waterloo East 213.
Webster City Results
18. Morgan Moline 19:05; 29. Cassidy Bultena 19:44; 31. Courtney Biere 19:49; 32. Brenan Paukert 19:49; 34. Gina Moline 19:56; 35. Kenady Highland 19:57; 37. Faith McClain 19;59; 41. Sarah Paukert 20:36; 50. Allie Flaws 21:22; 51. Ashley Flaws 21:37.
Poland (18:49) finished in 15th, Glenn (18:52) was 16th and Clabaugh (18:57) was 18th.
Newcomers Antrez Conley (19:17) and Brandon Arkland (19:25) placed 22nd and 23rd, respectively.
Senior Nick Thilges (20:51), who normally runs stride for stride at the front of team pack, fell off the pace early on and fished back in 39th.
A total of 16 WCHS competitors finished in the top 50.
"We have a number of other athletes that will continue to contend for varsity spots," Bussan said."Depth will be a hallmark of the boys' team this year."
Lynx girls fifth
Senior Morgan Moline, newcomers Cassidy Bultena and Courtney Biere, and senior Brenna Paukert comprised of the scoring nucleus for the WCHS girls' team yesterday at the Marshalltown Earlybird.
But the Lynx were unable to crack the individual top 15, and the points piled up in a hurry as they finished fifth out of seven teams with a tally of 136.
"While we gave a solid effort, we have a lot of work to do and progress to show if we hope to achieve our goals," Bussan said of his girls' squad. "We have depth and there are several other runners who will have an impact at the varsity level as we move along, but we will have to improve our overall quality."
Moline paced the group in 18th, as she covered the 2 1/2-mile terrain in 19:05. Bultena (19:44) was next in 29th, followed by Biere (19:49) in 31st and Paukert (19:49) in 32nd.
Gina Moline (19:56) finished off the team's scoring total; she placed 34th.
WCHS will host the Lynx Invitational at the Webster City Links Golf Course, beginning at 5 p.m., on Tuesday. There will be a $5 charge per car load to park.