The Dick Pollitt Go-Hawk Classic in Waverly tested the West Delaware boys cross country team as heavy rain left the course wet and muddy. In addition, runners dealt with cold temperatures in the races that pair juniors and seniors in a race, and freshman and sophomores in another race.
In the 11/12 race, the Hawks were led with a seventh-place finish for Blake Smith, who crossed the finish line in 18:06. Robinson Martinez finished 11th in 18:18. Cael Meyer cracked the top 20 with his 18th place finish of 18:38.
Tyger Vaske ran 18:46 and finished 21st. Next came Staveley Maury 25th (19:00), Matthew Mensen 27th (19:04), Andrew Salas 37th (19:41), Jacob Wenger 46th (20:15), Nicholas Stocks 47th (20:16), Jesse Thurn 64th (21:22), Ethan Hoefer 69th (21:51), Reily Dolan 78th (22:44) and Blake Cook 85th (23:18).
The 9/10 race saw freshman Zach Wenger finish 5th, running an impressive 19:27. Two other Hawks turned in top 20 finishes as Nick Mensen finished 15th (20:37) and Brayden Maury 17th (21:03). Evan Kartman finished 23rd (21:29), crossing just ahead of teammate Dominic Masten (21:34). Garrison Gillihan ran 21:52, finishing 28th. Next was Mason Rolling (22:09), Nolan Mensen 38th (22:25), Zach O’Rear 43rd (22:37), Gabe Quint 53rd (23:36), Ethan Grawe 56th (23:49), Carson Less 61st (24:52), Owen Neuhaus 64th (25:27) and Keenan Waugh 65th (25:27.2).
“We ran fairly well under the circumstances,” said head coach Dale Meyer. “It was a real mental gut check for this team and definitely something we need to work on. I was very encouraged by what I saw from most of our runners. They were able to stay focused and still run pretty good races. We need to be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws at us.”
Center Point-Urbana won the boys’ overall title with 14 points. Waverly-Shell rock was second (20), Decorah third (36), Denver fourth (43), Waukon fifth (57), New Hampton sixth (61), Waukon seventh (66), Webster City eighth (66), Mason City ninth (75), Jesup 10th (87), Western Dubuque 11th (91), Hudson 12th (94), Crestwood 13th (100), West Delaware 14th (100), Oelwein 15th (104), Independence 16th (197), Aplington-Parkersburg 17th (197), Hampton-Dumont 18th (228) and Nashua-Plainfield 19th (261).