HUMBOLDT - Progress continued to be made by the Fort Dodge boys cross country team on Monday night.
Behind a pair of Top-10 individual showings, the Dodgers finished third in the Humboldt Invitational at Sheldon Park, accumulating 110 points. Second-ranked (Class 3A) Boone (44) prevailed for a fifth straight year, while Algona (62) settled for a runner-up effort.
No. 8 (2A) St. Edmond (153) checked in sixth.
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Dodger teammates Alex Jackson (left)?and Thomas Thompson cross the finish line together Monday in Humboldt. For more photos, please visit CU at www.messengernews.net
Junior Alex Jackson, ranked 25th in 4A, led the way for FDSH, placing seventh in a time of 17:45.86. Thomas Thompson (8th, 17:46.29), Austin Read (19th, 18:32.90), Ryan Wagner (25th, 18:43.83) and Caleb Asay (51st, 19:39.31) were the other Dodger counters.
"Our first two guys (Jackson and Thompson) just went out and ran their race uptempo," said FDSH head coach Tim Hanson. "This (Sheldon Park) was a lot harder course than what we're used to seeing (at the Humboldt Country Club), but finishing third behind two strong 3A schools is about what I thought we'd do. We need to rest up now and get ready for Mason City on Thursday, which is a meet our guys are looking forward to."
Bo Hjelle (5th, 17:31.76), Adam Poeppe (12th, 17:51.84), Peter Hollinger (14th, 18:09.33), Loren Shellabarger (15th, 18:17.60) and Mason Altman (16th, 18:18.97) were all in action for the Bulldogs.
Running for the Gaels were Casey McEvoy (18th, 18:30.10), Jacob Hamilton (22nd, 18:41.14), Harrison Mayer (24th, 18:43.24), Nate Yetmar (41st, 19:21.51) and Devin Camamo (48th, 19:35.16).
"(Monday) was the first time Casey has ever been our No. 1 guy, so my hat's off to him," SEHS head coach Mike Szalat said. "I thought Jacob also did a good job of helping set the tone. We had a little bigger spread than we've had in the past, but that's ok if our top guys keep moving up. We're actually deeper than what I thought we would be."
Bishop Garrigan's Zach Kollasch (27th, 18:47.44), Humboldt's Michael Bowden (31st, 18:54.79), Eagle Grove's Noah Stephas (49th, 19:35.88), Prairie Valley's Spencer Warehime (38th, 19:10.53), Manson Northwest Webster's Chase Bulten (36th, 19:03.44), Emmetsburg's 17th-ranked (1A) Nick Grandstaff (23rd, 18:42.59) and Clarion-Goldfield's Alec Norem (109th, 22:08.24) anchored each of their respective programs.
"Our boys have been injured, so we've just had a hard time putting races together," said HHS head coach Dean Clasen. "Once we start to get some guys healthy again, I think we should be contenders for the top half of the (North Central Conference)."
Boone's No. 1 senior Albert Meier took home gold in 16:31.85, while second-ranked classmate Chandler Austin (16:34.50) was right behind. Austin and Meier actually went 1-2 at last year's 3A state meet.