Mike Huseman ran a career-best 20:41 and Kelsi Meyers a personal-best 22:21 for Alta's cross country team at the Pocahontas Area Invitational on a rainy Saturday morning.
Huseman placed 31st out of 60 runners in the varsity boys 5-kilometer race to pace the Cyclone boys, who took eighth out of nine complete teams.
"Freshman Brent Johnson ran well and keeps improving," noted Alta coach Wendell Larson.
Also for Alta, Jordan Hinkeldey was 39th in 21:18, Jared Buckendahl 44th in 21:57, Robert Maharry 49th in 22:06, Johnson 52nd in 23:05 and Kenny Bishop 54th in 23:31.
Meyers' time gave her a place of 55th out of 60 runners in the varsity girls 4-K race. Alta's girls took ninth out of nine full teams. Anne Curbow led the Cyclones with a time of 18:58 for 28th place.
"Anne Curbow continues to improve," Larson said.
Also for the Cyclones, Nicole Connolly was 36th in 19:30, Ariel Turnquist 45th in 21:03 and Kayla Nickolisen 51st in 21:50.
On the boys side, Laurens-Marathon edged Prairie Valley 63-85 for the team title.
Sioux Central claimed fourth place with a score of 103, just a point behind third-place Manson-Northwest Webster.
Three Rebels medaled by earning top-20 finishes, including Andy Saunders (12th, season-best 19:05), Will Franzmeier (13th, personal-best 19:18), and Andrew Lichter (16th, 19:36).
SC freshman Nelson Middendorff was the fourth Rebel to cross the finish line, running a personal-best 20:34 for 30th place. Wesley Henningson rounded out the Rebel scoring by placing 32nd in 20:44.
Also competing for SC's varsity squad were Eric Weier (42nd, 21:33) and sophomore Jeremy Lansink, who went 21:43 for 43rd place in his first varsity appearance this year.
Rebels coach Chris Smith said this was a strong meet for his squad.
"We've had some great practices lately and the boys seem to be getting in shape for the push toward our conference and the district meet," he said. Andy and Will are ready to break through that 19-minute barrier.
"We saw all of our conference foes here today and realize that we still have a lot of work to do if we plan to defend our conference title."
On the girls side, Galva-Holstein dominated, taking gold with 22 points, just seven points higher than a perfect score. The Pirates edged second-place Poky by 48 points.
Sioux Central was sixth (117) and Laurens-Marathon eighth (206).
Jen Rushton (9th, 17:18) and Brittny Rebhuhn (17:42) both medaled for the Rebels. It was a personal best for Rushton and a season best for Rebhuhn.
Also running for SC's girls squad were Sunny Patten (29th, personal-best 19:04), Elise Knudtson (30th, personal-best 19:07), Ashley Nelson (32nd, personal-best 19:10), Allie Swanson (42nd) and Cassie Moens (47th, personal-best 21:08).
"Having the girls run personal and season best times at this stage of the season is very encouraging," Smith said. "Jen, Brittny, Sunny, Elise and Ashley all ran very well today ... Pocahontas is going to be tough to beat at the conference meet; the next four teams are all very close as far as scoring goes.
"It's going to be an interesting meet back here in two weeks."
Alta, Sioux Central and Schaller-Crestland/Newell-Fonda are at the Southern Cal Invite in Lake City today.
Varsity Boys - 1. Laurens-Marathon 63, 2. Prairie Valley 85, 3. Manson-Northwest Webster 102, 4. Sioux Central 103, 5. BCIG 109, 6. G-H 109, 7. Southern Cal 129, 8. Alta 215, 9. Pocahontas Area 223
Varsity Girls - 1. Galva-Holstein 22, 2. Pocahontas Area 70, 3. Southern Cal 107, 4. Prairie Valley 109, 5. Manson-Northwest Webster 115, 6. Sioux Central 117, 7. BCIG 196, 8. Laurens-Marathon 206, 9. Alta 215