BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
MT. PLEASANT – FMHS’s Aaron Steffensmeier had the fastest local time at the Mt. Pleasant Invitational Cross Country meet Tuesday night.
Steffensmeier finished 3rd in the Large Class 5K with a time of 17:23.62. As has been the case all year, Dayne Cordray finished right behind Steffensmeier in 4th place with a time 17:42.99.
Holy Trinity Catholic’s Matt Hellige took 2nd place in the small school class with a time of 18:18.21 behind Wilton’s Buddy Darting who crossed first at 17:30.91. But strong finishes from the other HTC runners kept the Crusaders score low enough for first place at the meet.
HTC finished with 72 points, 13 ahead of Wilton’s 85. The Bloodhounds finished in second place behind Mt. Pleasant with 49 points to the Panthers 31.
Cross country scoring it tabulated by taking the top five place finishers and adding them together for each team. HTC’s top five runners were Hellige, Blake Crabtree 9th (19:30.24), Jacob Mohrfeld, 16th (20:14.49), Ben Abolt 17th (20:16.58) and Adam Rauenbuehler 28th (20:53.17). Adding the places gives HTC 72 points.
Other finishers for the Crusaders included Brant Holtkamp – 34th and Sam Avery – 44th.
For the Hounds, after Steffensmeier and Cordray, scoring was Noah Sissel with a 12th place finish at 18:49.93, Nathan Steffensmeier – 14th 18:49.42 and and Elton Kruse – 16th at 19:06.12.
Other finishers for the Hounds included Owen Kruse – 18th with a time of 19:18.78 and Miguel Trejo – 20th at 19:23.55.
In the junior varsity run, Chandler Rung came in the 8th place to lead HTC with a 23:30.43, followed by Wyatt Hellman with a 25:11.18 15th, Josh Barr with a time of 27:01.28 and Kyle Scheetz in 30th place with 27:39.21
For the Hounds in the junior varsity 5K run Fort Madison captured 1st place overall with 32 points led by freshman Shakir McClellan who took first place with 20:31.15. Matt Meierotto and Anthony Barnes finished in 3rd and 4th place with times of 20:35.05 and 20:40.49, respectively. Alex Steffensmeier was 6th at 21:32.46 and Seth Mendez in 18th at 24:30.62.
In the middle school run HTC’s Philip Goldie took the title setting the pace a full 45 seconds ahead of the field at 11:29, the fastest time in the 3200 meters of both classes. Mikey Deprima, Tyler Snaadt, Michael Hellman finished 11-13th. Nick Fullenkamp took 41st place in the boys small class run.
For Fort Madison, Hayden Wolfe, Miles Dear and Austin Miller took 5th, 6th and 7th place. Dayton Davis and Will Gager finished in 9th and 10th. Ben Thiele finished with 13:55.17.