Lynx put 2 runners in top 10, finish fourth at Marshalltown

Piaszynski ninth, Harfst 10th for WCHS

WCHS senior John Piaszynski (left) competes in the Marshalltown Earn Bird yesterday. He placed ninth to lead the Lynx team. Marshalltown T-R photo/Thorn Compton

MARSHALLTOWN — Pack running played a pivotal role in a solid start to the cross country season for the Webster City boys’ team here yesterday evening.

The Lynx put three runners inside the top 12 and hung well with the big boys to place fourth at the Marshalltown Early Bird on the 5K course at Marshalltown Community College.

Southeast Polk comfortably won the team title with 34 points, while Urbandale was second with 52. Ottumwa tallied 97 and nipped WCHS by one point for third.

“We wound up in the same neighborhood as last year, so that was nice to see,” WCHS head coach Joe Lambert said, noting the Lynx were third at the meet a season ago. “It was a really good night.”

As expected, veterans John Piaszynski, Max Harfst and Jacob Willson took the lead for the Lynx and battled for spots inside the top 10. Piaszynski and Harfst got there, while Willson was just two spots back.

Webster City’s Jacie Crutcher (left) and Kaelyn Butz run together at yesterday’s Marshalltown Early Bird. Marshalltown T-R photo/Thorn Compton

Piaszynski turned it on over the closing meters to settled into ninth in 18:28. Harfst had a solid sprint down the final straightaway to occupy 10th in 18:41. Willson (18:48) was just seven seconds behind in 12th.

“John and Jacob and Max performed about where we expected them to,” Lambert said. “The top end of the varsity came together kind of like we had hoped.”

Tucker Judkins (19:48) and Jackson Moberly (19:48) crossed side-by-side in 33rd and 34th, respectively.

With six underclassmen in the lineup for the WCHS girls’ squad, Lambert expected it to be a daunting challenge and he was correct. The Lynx were at the back of the 10-team pack with 240 points.

But that doesn’t mean Lambert was upset with the performance.

“I’m not disappointed with the way the girls competed at all,” he said. “They were excellent for where they are with their training right now. I’m hoping they don’t lose heart running against girls with more experience and strength and I don’t think they will be. I think they’re going to take it on.”

Sophomore Kaelyn Butz (25:02) and freshman Jacie Crutcher (25:12) took the lead for the team and placed 38th and 40th, respectively. Allison Oswald (27:07) placed 53rd.

“Jacie and Kaelyn really took the lead for us and I have a feeling Allison is going to be up there with them really soon,” Lambert said.

Tenth-ranked (Class 4A) Des Moines Roosevelt won the girls’ team crown with 34 points, seven ahead of sixth-ranked Urbandale (41). No. 15 Ottumwa (85) was third.

Marshalltown Early Bird



Team Standings

1. Des Moines Roosevelt 34; 2. Urbandale 41; 3. Ottumwa 85; 4. Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck 115; 5. Marshalltown 128; 6. Waterloo East/West 157; 7. South Tama 192; 8. Belle Plaine 225; 10. Webster City 240.

Webster City Results

38. Kaelyn Butz 25:02; 40. Jacie Crutcher 25:12; 53. Allison Oswald 27:07; 60. Adalie Peterson 28:37; 65. Livia Taylor 31:14; 66. Sharina Deroches 31:41; 67. Jenna McKinney 32:03.


Team Standings

1. Southeast Polk 34; 2. Urbandale 52; 3. Ottumwa 97; 4. Webster City 98; 5. Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck 136; 6. Marshalltown 138; 7. Waterloo West 150; 8. South Tama 221; 9. Belle Plaine 241.

Webster City Results

9. John Piaszynski 18:28; 10. Max Harfst 18:41; 12. Jacob Willson 18:48; 33. Tucker Judkins 19:48; 34. Jackson Moberly 19:48; 47. Isaac Bernard 20:26; 49. Alex Hooker 20:29.