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North Mahaska ran wild at Sigourney Golf Course Sept. 6 with the boys taking team honors, Lane Harmon winning the boys’ race and Aly Steil taking the girls’ title. North Mahaska had all five boys place in the top 10 to easily claim the team crown with 21 points. Columbus was second with 48.

Steil, a freshman, took the girl’s title in 22 minutes 10 seconds beating Sigourney’s Ella Yates, who posted a 22:23. Clair Eselius of Montezuma was third for team champion Montezuma in 22:34. Monte won with 19 points followed by Columbus with 35.

“She ran incredibly hard,” said NM coach Seth Streebin. “Her and a girl from EV were back and forth the whole race and Aly pulled away at the end and won convincingly.”

North Mahaska’s other female runner, Vanessa Murphy, placed 31st overall in 35:07.

Photos Courtesy of Sean Strohmayer, News-Review
North Mahaska’s Lane Harmon (186) and Brayden Veiseth (188) give chase to Gage Heyne of English Valleys in the early part of the cross country meet at Sigourney Golf Course Sept. 6. Harmon outdistanced Heyne for first. North Mahaska won the team title with 21 points. Veiseth placed fourth.

Harmon topped the field in 17:39 followed by Gage Heyne of English Valleys with a time of 17:50.

“Very similar race to Aly’s. Lane and an EV boy were battling the whole way and the last half mile Lane pulled away and won by a comfortable margin.”

Brayden Veiseth came in fourth and Asher DeBoef fifth in 18:33 and 18:47 respectively. Veiseth was within a second of third. Nate Sampson finished seventh in 19:02 and Andy Knockel took 10th with a time of 19:58.

NM teammates who ran but did not figure into the scoring were Ben Yang 14th 20:17.17; Clay Thompson 25th 22:30; Kincaid Mitchell 26th 22:30 and Larry Mohr 51st 30:07.

Sigourney’s Ellie Yates and North Mahaska’s Aly Steil go almost step for step during the cross country meet at Sigourney. Steil, a freshman, topped Yates by 13 seconds to win her first varsity meet.

“It was a good win for the team,” said coach Seth Streebin. “Everyone showed up and ran hard and pushed through some of the rough hills around that course. Everyone on the team from junior high to varsity boys and girls has worked hard so far this season and their early season success is just payoff for their hard work.”

North Mahaska’s junior high runners competed as individuals. Maddox Wynja had the best finish with a third. Cain Grandia ran 21st. Aly Mohr was 14th for the girls.

“All of the kids have been working hard,” said Streebin. “I’m happy for them that they are having the success that they deserve.”

North Mahaska runs at Colfax-Mingo on Sept. 8.