Beckman’s boys placed 12th, the girls 13th, at the annual WaMaC Conference Cross Country Meet, Oct. 15, at Williamsburg.

The boys were led by Auden Recker, 60th (19:09), followed by Jacob Schlarmann 69th (19:41), Joe Schneider 78th (20:57), Ryan Schlarmann 79th (21:08), and Spencer Rea 80th (21:15). Also running were John Paul Grebner 82nd (21:40) and Cassius McGrane 84th (21:51).

Eli Larson of Center Point-Urbana won the individual title with a time of 16:00. Solon captured the team race with 57 points and three runners in the top 11. Second went to Marion 65, followed by Mount Vernon-Lisbon 83, CPU 89, Clear Creek-Amana 124, West Delaware 142, Williamsburg 153, South Tama 228, Benton 244, Vinton-Shellsburg 282, Independence 350 and BHS 359.

Coach Tyson Squiers added, “Auden led the boys with his fastest time ever. The time sits fourth on our all-time list but it was the second-fastest time I’ve ever had a boy run during my years here.

“Jacob equaled his fastest time again today and has been extremely consistent. Joe ran 0:25 faster than his best, Ryan a minute faster. Spencer, Nate and Cassius also ran PRs.”

On the girls’ side, Isabelle Kluesner paced the team with a time of 23:57, good for 62nd. Following her were Kennedy Recker 66th (24:24), Sydney Reiter 71st (24:57), Ellie Recker 73rd (25:10) and Savanah Oberbroeckling 84th (25:48).

Solon’s Kiersten Conway topped the field in 19:15, leading her team to first in the team race with 57 points. Second went to Williamsburg 66, followed by Mount Vernon-Lisbon 113, Benton 124, CPU 128, Marion 137, CCA 145, West Delaware 235, Independence 272, Maquoketa 280, South Tama 281, V-S 305 and BHS 352.

“With Maria home quarantined, the girls stepped up. Isabelle ran almost a minute better than her season-best, still battling injuries but toughing it out. Kennedy also beat her PR by a minute, running a very smart race, setting a pace early and maintaining well. Sydney improved her PR by a minute, Ellie by 0:46 and Savanah snuck under the 26:00 minute mark for the first time, setting her own PR.

“With our crew at full strength next week for districts, we should have a very respectable team score,” said Squiers.

In the boys JV race, the Blazers ended in 11th with 349. Sheldon Corkery led 111th (22:18), followed by Max Oberbroeckling 125th 923:13), Sean Hinerichsen 134th 923:27), Tyler Salrin 141st (24:15) and Sam Oberbroeckling 142nd (24:15). Andrew Salrin was next 143rd (24:16) as was Riley White 145th (24:20), Devin Burlage 149th (24:34), Isaac Westhoff 152nd (24:56) and Ean Brown 154th (25:05).

“The JV boys ran numerous PRs. Sheldon, Max, Riley and Devin all improved by over a minute. Sean and Sam end their senior season with PRs as well. Tyler, Andrew, Isaac and Ean all ran season bests. They worked as a team and kept each other accountable during the race.

“I received a message this morning from another coach in the WaMaC who stated our conference is one of the deepest and strongest in the state, and I agree. We are definitely one of the smallest schools in the conference but we always rise to the occasion and take advantage of the competitive atmosphere. Our team always runs well at this meet, even if the results don’t reflect that to someone looking in from the outside. Our training is geared to peak at the end of the season and that is what happened today. We traditionally run well when the stage is a little bigger.

“We look forward to racing at Jesup next Thursday. Everything is dialed in and we can’t wait to see what can happen. Even with the huge improvements at the WaMaC, I still think there is room for big times on both the boys’ and girls’ sides,” concluded Squiers.