Beckman’s girls’ cross country team finished eighth overall at the Western Dubuque Invitational, Oct. 1, at Epworth. The boys came in 11th and the JV boys were ninth.

In the girls’ race, Maria Kruse took her customary place at the top of the pack, ending 14th (20:54) to lead the Blazers. Abby Knepper was next, 48th (23:10), followed by Isabelle Kluesner 73rd (24:46), Kennedy Recker 76th (25:17) and Ellie Recker 83rd (25:56). Also in the varsity race were Sydney Reiter 88th (26:12), Savanah Oberbroeckling 90th (26:42) and Jordan Thier 91st (26:43).

In the team standings, it was Wahlert 38 and four in the top 11, Western Dubuque 44 and four in the top 10, Decorah 97, Monticello 124, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 127, CR Prairie 130, Cascade 234, BHS 260, Independence 267, West Delaware 271, Maquoketa 281 and DeWitt 282.

“This meet is mostly teams in larger classes,” said coach Tyson Squiers. “Maria was the second non-3A or 4A runner in this race, which could mean huge things for her at the end of the season. Her time also put her second on our all-time list, just 0:21 behind Emma Squiers, who ran that time when she placed 23rd at the state meet in 2018.

“Abby also ran super today, setting a new PR by 1:30 that put her seventh on our all-time list. She has run such strong races this year and I still think she has the ability to drop significant time.

“Isabelle ran her season-best, almost 0:40 faster than her time here in 2018. Kennedy was right behind her with a PR by 0:11. Ellie ran 0:04 better than her previous best.

“Sydney ran almost eight minutes faster than her 2018 time and Savanah ran a PR as well, by 0:15, that was almost 15 minutes better than 2018. Jordan also ran her season-best by five seconds.

“This team is so supportive of one another and it’s great to see how much they push each other now. They finish the race and immediately stand and cheer for their teammates. Everyone runs the same race, step by step, whether you are first or last. I’m happy to see these girls embrace that.”

On the boys’ side, Jacob Schlarmann led the team, 65th (19:34), followed by Auden Recker 75th (19:56), Joe Schneider 91st (21:28), Spencer Rea 94th (21:35), and Ryan Schlarmannn 98th (22:12), just in front of John Paul Grebner 99th (22:24). Also running were Cassius McGrane 101st (22:35), Sheldon Corkery 104th (23:53), Isaac Westhoff 105th (24:04) and Max Oberbroeckling 106th (24:46).

Decorah copped the team race with 41, followed by CR Kennedy 76, Monticello 92, Wahlert 110, Western Dubuque 126, West Delaware 137, CR Prairie 165, Cascade 173, DeWitt 277, Independence 313, BHS 342 and Maquoketa 371.

Squiers commented, “With this relatively young team, not many competed here in 2018. Jacob ran a season-best, by 1:00 and is now sixth on the overall list. He runs a very smart race and, as a young runner, we know he can build so much from that foundation.

“Auden stepped up big today, running a :43PR and eighth on our top 10 list. His improvement has been phenomenal and I think he can still be a sub-19:00 runner, even by the end of this season.

“Joe and Spencer worked together today, earning themselves PR’s, Joe by 0:30 and Spencer by 0:08. Ryan was 0:19 faster for a season-best, JP a minute faster. Cassius, Isaac and Max all had season bests as well, as did Sheldon who ran 1:30 faster than 2018.

“I’ve always said I’m not sure if there is such a thing as a perfect race or perfect meet. But when we have one that posts four top 10 performances, countless lifetime PR’s, season bests, medals earned and satisfied athletes, that’s pretty close. I hate to say the season is starting to wind down but with the way our athletes are stepping up and competing, we may just be getting started.”

The JV boys finished ninth. Sean Hinerichsen led the team in 84th (23:47). Next was Andrew Salrin 87th (24:07), followed by Tyler Salrin 89th (24:11), Sam Oberbroeckling 94th (24:42), Riley White 95th (26:20) and Devin Burlage 99th (27:37).

Hinerichsen, Andrew and Tyler Salrin ran their fastest times, while Oberbroeckling barely missed his PR, faster by two minutes than 2018. Burlage and White just missed their PRs as well.

Junior high races were run at Farley and Adam Gaul and Andrew Schlarmann both tied for sixth on the top 10-list, though their times were not listed. For the girls, Maria Grebner, Maria McGrane and Rachel Schwarten ran their best times of the year.