Peters breaks 17 minutes, No. 7 Hawks runner-up at Nevada Invite
Jensen eclipses her own girls’ 5K?record
COLO — Logan Peters’ competitive instincts kicked in Tuesday evening at Hickory Grove Park and propelled him to his best 5K race of the cross country season.
It helped pull seventh-ranked (Class 2A) South Hamilton into a statement-making second-place finish in the elite Nevada Invitational field as well.
Peters broke 17 minutes for the first time this season on his way to a fourth-place finish. He was one of three Hawks in the top 10; all five scorers finished in the top 30 to give the team 75 points.
It was nowhere close to meet champion and third-ranked (3A) Gilbert, which had all five of its scorers in the top 11. The Tigers put up 33 points.
But South Hamilton was able to handle fifth-ranked (2A) Roland-Story by 31 points. The Norsemen tallied 106 points, followed by Nevada (120) in fourth and North Polk (146) in fifth. South Hardin (149 points), which is ranked 11th (2A), was another spot back in sixth.
“The guys really like running over there,” South Hamilton head coach Darrell Paulsen said. “It seems like every time we go there, we run well.”
Peters hung with the lead pack for as long as he could. He eventually lost sight of the leaders, but crossed in career-best time of 16:56.04. Nevada’s Malachi Hornbuckle (16:22.10) won the individual crown, followed by Gilbert’s Rees Tyler (16:30.87). Hornbuckle, Tyler and third-place finisher Nathan Patel (16:53.41) of Gilbert are all ranked inside the top 16 in their class. Peters is 20th in the smaller class.
Quinton Grove (17:17.45) and Josiah Brown (17:24.21) finished seventh and ninth, respectively, for South Hamilton.
Aaron Hegland and Ty Skartvedt ran together once again for the Hawks. Hegland (18:22.59) crossed in 27th place, while Skartvedt (18:25.42) was two spots back in 29th.
“One of the things we wanted (Hegland and Skartvedt) to do is stay with the Roland-Story kids and Aaron was right there with their No. 5 runner,” Paulsen said. “Ty, once he gets healthy, that’s going to help us, too.”
The South Hamilton girls’ team placed 10th with 261 points in another loaded field. Fourth-ranked (3A) North Polk was the meet champion with 48. No. 10-ranked Gilbert (55) was the runner-up, just one point better than No. 5 (3A) Ballard (56).
Two other ranked girls’ teams, Baxter (1A No. 9) and West Marshall (2A No. 14), were back in sixth and seventh.
Marissa Jensen, a freshman, took the lead for South Hamilton and slotted into the 40th position in 23:02.69, a clocking that broke her own girls’ 5K school record. Classmates Yolanda Licea (23:14.68) and Abby Ervin (23:43.92) were 43rd and 48th.
Licea was also under the previous school record time.
Emily Willadsen (25:56.39, 67th) and Brookelyn George (29:19.39, 74th) rounded out the scoring.
“We’re still not healthy with the girls, but we should have our full team on Saturday (at the Steve Johnson Invitational in Waverly) unless something happens,” Paulsen said.
Wartburg College will host Saturday’s meet. The high school races are scheduled to begin at noon.
Tuesday at Hickory Grove Park
1. Gilbert 33; 2. South Hamilton 75; 3. Roland-Story 106; 4. Nevada 120; 5. North Polk 146; 6. South Hardin 149; 7. Ballard 173; 8. Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR 204; 9. Baxter 222; 10. Collins-Maxwell 269; 11. West Marshall 274; 12. Colo-NESCO 370.
Individual Top 5
1. Malachi Hornbuckle (NEV) 16:22.10; 2. Rees Tyler (GIL) 16:30.87; 3. Nathan Patel (GIL) 16:53.41; 4. Logan Peters (SH) 16:56.04; 5. Jacob Wilcox (NP) 17:09.42.
Other South Hamilton Results
6. Quinton Grove 17:17.45; 9. Josiah Brown 17:24.21; 27. Aaron Hegland 18:22.59; 29. Ty Skartvedt 18:25.42; 57. Logan Austin 19:38.03; 66. Clay Willadsen 20:53.62.
1. North Polk 48; 2. Gilbert 55; 3. Ballard 56; 4. Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR 112; 5. Roland-Story 176; 6. Baxter 177; 7. West Marshall 195; 8. Nevada 217; 9. Collins-Maxwell 225; 10. South Hamilton 261; 11. Colo-NESCO 286.
Individual Top 5
1. Aubrie Fisher (IFA/AG) 19:32.98; 2. Ellie Twedt (BAL) 19:33.18; 3. Amelia Lesher (NP) 19:43.68; 4. Emily Branson (GIL) 20:02.34; 5. Ellie Meyer (IFA/AG) 20:08.14.
South Hamilton Results
40. Marissa Jensen 23:02.69; 43. Yolanda Licea 23:14.68; 48. Abby Ervin 23:43.92; 67. Emily Willadsen 25:56.39; 74. Brookelyn George 29:19.39; 77. Katlyn Ralston 35:12.00; 78. Hannah Burkhart 37:00.00.