Cross Country

Nevada young men mean to protect HOIC crosscountry title this fall: Cubs return five sprinters

Nevada young men mean to protect HOIC crosscountry title this fall: Cubs return five sprinters

The Nevada young men’s crosscountry group brings back five experienced sprinters as it hopes to safeguard its Heart of Iowa Conference title in 2021.

The Cub young men crushed Greene County by 25 to win last year’s HOIC meet held at Saydel High School. With the arrival of Owen Freeman, Carter Holland, Rhett Harter, Nick Frideres and Rowan Steele they will be full equipped for doing it again at Jewell in October.

“We have a youthful and persevering group this fall,” Nevada lead trainer James Mills said. “We accept we can safeguard our title at the HOIC meet.”

Freeman, a lesser, is the top returning sprinter for Nevada. He put second finally year’s HOIC meet and his best 5-kilometer time was 17 minutes, 44 seconds at the 3A state qualifying meet in Pella.

Holland enters 2021 as a sophomore. He put seventh finally year’s HOIC meet and ran a 18:05 at the passing meet.

Harter is additionally heading into his sophomore season. In 2020 he put eighth at the gathering meet and ran a 18:04 at the passing meet.

Frideres joins Freeman as a lesser pioneer for the Cubs this season. In 2020 Frideres took sixteenth at the gathering meet and finished the passing meet in 19:14.

Steele will be a sophomore this season. As a first year recruit he took twentieth at the HOIC meet and completed the passing meet in 19:09.

“I’m eager to perceive what kind of development our young men will show after this late spring of mileage,” Mills said. “Last year we were extremely worried about COVID-19 isolates through contact following. This year, notwithstanding, I’m anticipating more group building occasions and fun outside of practices and meets.”

The top varsity rookies for Nevada in 2021 will be senior Marcus Nelsen, sophomore Frank Engstrom and first year recruits Brian Rohde and Ryan Wessels.

Plants gave uncommon acknowledgment to Engstrom for placing in 250 miles over June and July.

“We have a pack of strong varsity sprinters, fit for acquiring awards at many meets,” Mills said. “We don’t have that one elite player that is contending to succeed at each meet — yet. It tends to be a test to meet all requirements for state without having somewhere around one individual qualifier.”

Factories said he is anticipating the Mike Carr Invitational in Huxley Sept. 13. That is Nevada’s third meet of the period after the Hampton-Dumont-CAL Invite and Pella Invitational and it should give the group a decent early marker of what it is equipped for achieving.

Nevada is additionally anticipating facilitating the Nevada Invitational Sept. 27. That meet was moved from Hickory Grove Park to the Indian Creek Country Club in Nevada.

The enormous HOIC meet in Jewell happens Oct. 11. Nevada additionally runs at Humboldt Sept. 20 and North Polk Oct. 4.

The current year’s state qualifying meets will happen Oct. 20 and the state meet is Oct. 29 at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

We are grateful to be getting back to some predictability after last year’s COVID-related changes,” Mills said. “We will perceive how things shape up after our initially meet.”

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