Three in a row: Rose in full bloom for Tigers

ELDORA – South Hardin’s Tim Rose may have dropped a spot in the rankings, but he’s held a firm grasp on the same position in his last three races – No. 1.

Outrunning the field for his third straight victory, the Tiger senior – rated No. 19 in Class 2A – came through in 17 minutes, 36 seconds at the 41st annual South Hardin Invite at Pine Lake Golf Course Saturday.

Fifth-rated East Marshall wrapped up its second team title of the week in convincing fashion with 50 points, while Nevada claimed second (92) and Class 1A No. 8 BCLUW finished third (110).

Nick Meling propelled the Mustangs with a runner-up tally of 17:45, while Caleb Benzing (18:18) and 27th-rated Ben Terrones (18:19) added seventh and eighth place finishes, respectively. Sam Benzing took 13th in 18:39, while Rob Petrie (20th), Seth Webb (23rd) and Josh Benzing (25th) rounded out East Marshall’s deep contingent.

Cole Silver, No. 14 in Class 1A, catapulted the Comets with a third-place clocking of 17:52, while Derek Coulter was two spots back (18:06). Ben Kuhl chipped in a 19th place finish in 18:57.

South Tama County’s Robert Tyynismaa (4th, 17:58) and Blake Keller (9th, 18:21) paced the Trojans to fifth (125) as Webster City edged them out by two points.

Iowa Falls-Alden was sixth (126) led by Landon Boomsma’s 18:11, while South Hardin (146), CMB (202), Colo-NESCO (222) and Colfax-Mingo (273) completed the 10-team field. Alan Bruflodt (15th, 18:48) and Miguel Reyes (27th, 19:19) helped Iowa Falls-Alden.

Zach Farrell was 12th for the host Tigers in 18:38, one position behind the Royals’ top runner – Jordan Combes (18:37).

Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Tyler Bovy finished between the pair in 18:38 as the lone runner for G-R and Steven Cutler finished 26th for Colo-NESCO.

Jeff Hughes represented GMG in 47th and North Tama’s Brian Zobel (60th) paced the Redhawks.