Despite missing some key runners due to COVID-19 quarantine, the Mustang cross country teams still managed to secure victories in the Centerville Big Red Invitational on Oct. 6. The Lady Mustangs scored just 25 points to win their team race. The boys scored 60 points in their victory.

Carson Shively paced the Mustang boys with a second-place finish on The Preserve at Honey Creek, Shively ran the course in 16:33 and was just 10 seconds off the winning time of 16:23 from William Gillis of Central Decatur. Kenny Cronin ran with Shively for much of the race. Cronin finished third with a time of 16:41.

Mike Amsden also continues to run well for Davis County. He finished 16th overall with a time of 18:03. David Nash and Weston Shively rounded out the top five scorers for the Mustangs. Nash finished 19th with a time of 18:23. Shively finished 20th with a time of 18:35.

Mark Shirley finished 36th with a time of 19:28. Jay Froah was 40th with a time of 19:34. Drake Hamm finished 51st with a time of 19:59. Micah Carroll finished 57th with a time of 20:14. Alex Hopkins finished 58th with a time of 20:28. Jayden Ball finished 73rd with a time of 20:58. Bryson Benge was 78th with a time of 21:05. Marcus Elam finished 86th with a time of 21:26.

Ethan Morrissey finished 88th with a time of 21:28. Daniel Oliver finished 89th with a time of 21:28. Sutton Shively finished 90th with a time of 21:42. Max McCoy finished 119th with a time of 23:37.

“I felt the team played well off of each other to score low points. I have noticed this over the last few meets. I want them to feel like they are a contender with whoever we have performing at any given meet,” said Coach Josh Husted.

Makayla Bachman topped Davis County’s performance in the girls’ race. She finished eighth overall with a time of 22:24. Tatum Turner finished 10th with a time of 22:37. Addison Stuchel finished 11th with a time of 22:41.

Jessica Umlauf finished 14th with a time of 22:53. Morgan Klaus finished 15th with a time of 22:55 and Madison Matheny finished 16th with a time of 23:00.

Karston Nebel ran a strong race for Davis County finishing 29th overall with a time of 23:48. Sadie Spargur finished 40th clocking a time of 24:33. Jada Will was 46th with her time of 24:54. Kelsey Rook finished 51st with a time of 25:21. Sophie Shively was 68th with a time of 26:59. Lydia Morrissey finished 72nd with her time of 27:27. Jessica Ware was 81st with her time of 28:24. Maddie Warning finished in 28:53 for 84th place. Leah Rudd was 90th with a time of 30:20. Nicole Derby finished 101st with her time of 35:16.

“We felt as if the girls were stressed out not having their top runner before the race. We stressed that we needed to show others how strong we could be in a large race before we begin our post season. We had a few step up and perform well. Tatum Turner ran the best that she has all season and moved up the pack with Jessica Umlauf and Morgan Klaus to round out our top 5. This helped tremendously in the team scores for great results. We have the SCC at home on Tuesday and we need to be prepared for that conference battle,” said Coach Josh Husted.

“We were missing some top athletes in this meet due to quarantine. For both teams to finish on top for the championships shows true adversity to our changing world. As a coach, I was thrilled to see athletes step up and perform well. This was a huge race with many large schools in attendance from Missouri to Iowa,” said Husted.

“A lot of the coaches mentioned that they were telling their athletes to pace off of Davis County. We feel that our athletes ran a very smart race to earn a dual championship. It is very important to peak at the right moment with conference and districts quickly approaching. We need to be at full strength when districts arrive,” he said.

Girls’ team standings—1. Davis County 43; 2. Albia, 90; 3. Chariton, 99; 4. Knoxville, 129; 5. Central Decatur, 129; 6. Pella Christian, 159; 7. Fort Madison, 166; 8. Kirksville, Mo., 192; 9. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, 212 and 10. Wayne, 219.

Boys’ team standings—1. Davis County, 60; 2. Central Decatur, 71; 3. Kirksville, 73; 4. Albia, 96; 5. Fort Madison, 123; 6. Pella Christian, 161; 7. Knoxville, 169; 8. Chariton, 222; 9. Wayne, 228; 10. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, 262; 11. Keokuk, 345 and 12. Moravia, 360.

Middle school girls’ results—8. Kallie Nebel, 10:38; 16. Morgan Shultz, 10:57; 36. Mary Luffy, 11:55; 41. Alyssa Rudd, 11:59; 58. Halle Husted, 13:12; 63. Abby Warning, 13:31 and 70. Bella Morrissey, 13:48.

Middle school boys’ results—9. Aaron Cook, 9:49; 16. Charlie Warren, 9:55; 34. Chandler Bachman, 10:34; 40. Landon Fetcho, 10:50; 54. John Erp, 11:24; 55. Cameron Hubbartt, 11:30; 58. Gabe Gerritson, 11:33; 74. Colin Ratteree, 12:10; 89. Gavin Shively, 12:53; 97. Parker Frasher, 13:10; 103. Toby Hubinette, 13:40; 116. Gavin Klaus, 18:33; 120. Owen Klaus, 18:33 and 124. Jaxon Bolin, 21:35.