Leading the Indians to a first place finish overall, Spirit Lake's Will Norris put the field at a distance in the boy's race, taking first in a time of 15:49.35. Spencer second place finisher Ryan Bauermeister was nearly a minute back at 16:36.36.
The Indians totaled a score of 75. Western Christian was second at 87, Spencer third at 94 and the Tornadoes fifth at 118.
Dillan Smith led the Tornadoes with a 12th place time of 18:02. Fernando Ramos was 15th at 18:15, Moses Yak 26th at 18:59, Kevin Carcamo 30th at 19:21, Jose Candelario 36th at 19:44, Phillib Bond 52nd at 20:42 and David Tucker 60th at 21:28.
"Varsity boys ran ok," said Storm Lake head coach Justin Mellmann. "In my opinion, they are better than they raced. We have some work to do. We just had several guys that just didn't race where they should have. I honestly think that if the guys race like I know they can, they should have been third. The best races came from Dillan Smith who led our varsity squad. He ran a smart race, and a tough race. The other great race came from our number three, Moses Yak. Moses is really looking more like himself this year. He looked so much sharper tonight than he has in his last couple cross country and track season. We really need him running well in order to have a chance this season. I think he's got the drive and right attitude going, and I believe he's going to be a big contributor for us."
On the girl's sice, Spencer came away with the win at home with a 63. Algona followed with a 93 and LeMars a 114. The Tornadoes score came in at 286.
Marlee Nicholson led Storm Lake at 27th with a time of 18:20. Jocelyn Ibarra was 44th (19:30), Liliana Lopez 68th (22:02), Tessa Radcliff 70th (22:35), Hilda Munguia 77th (26:31), and Natalie Garcia 78th (28:44).
"The ladies did really well," said Mellmann. "It's really exciting to have ten ladies out this season. Having to choose a varsity for our ladies team is great. We had some great races from some of our new comers. One was Marlee Nicholson. I also thought Jocelynn Ibarra had a good race as our number two. I'm very excited to see what this ladies team can do this season as we have started to gain some numbers."
The Tornadoes return to action Tuesday as they head to Spirit Lake.
"Overall, not a bad first race for Tornado cross country," said Mellmann. "I think we have some things to work on, but I think the athletes are fired up and ready to go next Tuesday at Spirit Lake. If we get some key contributors to have the races that I think they are capable of, then I think we will be right back in the running this season."
BOYS TEAM SCORES
|1. Spirit Lake||75|
|2. Western Christian||87|
|5. Storm Lake||118|
|7. Le Mars||164|
|9. Bishop Garrigan||177|
BOYS VARSITY TOP 10
|1. Will Norris||Spirit Lake 15:49.35|
|2. Ryan Bauermeister||Spencer||16:36.36|
|3. Joe Hilsabeck||Okoboji||17:29.79|
|4. Mark Norland||Spirit Lake||17:35.57|
|5. Adam Poeppe||Algona||17:39.19|
|6. Tanner Goetsch||Spirit Lake||17:44.50|
|7. Mason Altman||Algona||17:48.34|
|8. Matt Behrens||Spencer||17:50.42|
|9. Kevin Steiger||Western Ch||17:51.20|
|10. Rodrigo Cobian||Le Mars||17:54.28|
GIRLS TEAM SCORES
|3. Le Mars||114|
|4. Bishop Garrigan||130|
|5. Spirit Lake||138|
|6. Western Christian||138|
|10. Storm Lake||286|
GIRLS VARSITY TOP 10
|1. Kenzie Theisen||Le Mars||15:18.68|
|2. Erin Reedy||Garrigan||15:48.45|
|3. Cierra Guerrero||Spencer||16:18.12|
|4. Tangy Wiseman||Algona||16:23.34|
|5. Dondi Schmidt||Spirit Lake||16:24.40|
|6. Clare Eckard||Okoboji||16:30.77|
|7. Erika Douma||Western Chr||16:33.34|
|8. Mariah Wills||Spirit Lake||16:37.00|
|9. Bailey Hare||OA-BCIG||16:57.78|
|10. Daly Tighe||Spencer||17:03.27|