WAVERLY — Central College put two runners in the top 10 but had to settle for third place in the Dan Huston Triangular men’s cross country meet Saturday at Waverly.
The host school, perennial American Rivers contender Wartburg College, ran away with first with 17 points while Central finished with 61, with Simpson College sneaking into second with 57.
Senior Nate Sanders (Waukee) was seventh in 25:29.4 on the 8,000-meter course, an improvement of 1:05 over his previous finish Sept. 26 at Storm Lake and six seconds off his career best.
Caleb Silver (sophomore, Conrad, BCLUW HS) followed in ninth in a career-best 25:30.5 with Will DeHaan (junior, DeWitt, Central DeWitt HS) 17th (26:19.0), Cutler Owens (junior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) 18th (26:21.5), Noah Jorgensen (freshman, Sidney) 20th (26:24.6), Jack Sagan (junior, Riverside, Ill., Riverside-Brookfield HS) 20th (27:35.6) and Evan Armitage (sophomore, West Des Moines, Valley HS) 37th (27:45.8).
Coach Joe Dunham wanted to see a stronger push for second place from the Dutch.
“It was disappointing,” he said. “On the physical side, it was a good effort. The guys are working hard at practice and they’re buying into the process. But mentally we’ve got to be more competitive. It’s about digging deep and beating the person next to you.
The Dutch make their second home appearance of the year Saturday, Oct. 24 in a league triangular with the University of Dubuque and Nebraska Wesleyan University at the Central College cross country course. The women’s race starts at 2 p.m. with the men at 2:45 p.m.
“Nebraska Wesleyan has always been a great team,” Dunham said. “And Dubuque is much improved. It will be a challenge.”
It’s the final meet before the American Rivers Championships, also at Pella, Saturday. Nov. 7.
“We’ve got one month,” Dunham said. “Our training will ramp up now.”