Season-best 2nd place for MHS boys harriers

DES MOINES – Making it a point to move up its pack, the Marshalltown boys’ cross country team turned in its best outing of the season with a second-place performance at the Augustine Invite at Ewing Park Thursday.

Class 2A’s second-rated North Polk topped the podium with 36 points, while the Bobcats finished at 55 and Ottumwa was third (68) in the six-team field.

The Comets’ Peter Smith – the No. 4 runner in Class 2A, reached the finish in 16 minutes, 29 seconds. North Polk’s Ryley Sandberg, rated 17th, was second in 17:18, while the Bobcats’ Imad Amenzou was five seconds back in third.

Nate Phillips added a ninth-place tally for MHS in 18:21 and Sam Johnson was 20 seconds back in 12th. Hunter Barnard and Alex Mason each clocked 19:04 to place 15th and 16th, respectively.

“Our best effort of the year,” said MHS coach Chad Pietig. “The guys competed hard, ran up front and put themselves in a position to have some success.”

Andrew Potter took 19th in 19:22 and Jacob Shirar was two positions behind in 19:34 for MHS. The Bobcats will compete at the Central Iowa Conference championships Oct. 17 at Iowa State University Cross Country Course in Ames. Races begin at 5 p.m.