Maquoketa Valley kicked off the cross country season in style as the varsity boys’ finished first at the MFL MarMac Invitational, Sept. 3.

“The boys’ team had a stellar performance to start the season,” co-coach Pat Meehan glowed. “Nolan Ries and Cy Huber both broke the course record in placing first and second individually.”

Nolan Ries led the Wildcat charge with a first-place finish in 17:05. Cy Huber raced to second (17:25), Michael Schaul fourth (18:20), Mitch Heims eighth (18:37) and Landin Frasher ninth (18:38) completed the scoring five. Brock Trenkamp was 14th (19:34) and Toby Grimm 19th (20:04).

“Nolan Ries and Cy Huber were two guys who have been to state before and ran a lot of miles this summer. They ran impressively, as expected,” co-coach Sara Dever said.

“The dark horse in the race was Landin Frasher, who pulled through as our fifth guy. He had a good season as a freshman, and looks like he will be a contributor this year as a sophomore. Those are just a few names, but down the line, this team performed well.”

“Michael Schaul had a solid performance,” Meehan said. “Mitch Heims ran very well for his first high school cross country race. Landin Frasher was a pleasant surprise in running a time of 18:38 — more than three minutes faster than last year. Brock Trenkamp bested last year’s time also. Toby Grimm and Caleb Livingston also ran in their first high school race and did very well.”

The Wildcats scored 22 points for the win. Clayton Ridge was second (62), Starmont third (69), Postville fourth (89) and MFL MarMac fifth (111).

Starmont took home the varsity girls’ team title with 27 points. Kee was second (56), Central Elkader third (73), MFL MarMac fourth (79) and MV fifth (132).

Allison Hogan led the Wildcats with a 27th-place finish in 29:11. Jordan Hogan was 29th (29:42), Zari Ambundo 30th (29:50), Cecily Trenkamp 32nd (32:37) and Josie Teymer 33rd (37:08).

“Four of the five girls were freshmen competing in their first high school race,” Meehan said. “Allison Hogan was a pleasant surprise in having the confidence to lead the team as a freshman. Junior Jordan Hogan deserves a lot of credit in how she leads and gives the freshmen girls direction. She also had a good race by improving from last year.”

In the boys’ junior varsity race, Caleb Livingston placed fifth (24:07).