Jacob Schlarmann ran to a ninth-place finish at Clayton Ridge, Sept. 7, and led the Beckman boys to fifth overall in the team race. He paced the Guttenberg Golf Course in 20:26.

Next for the Blazers was Joe Schneider 16th (20:54), followed by Parker Domeyer 29th (22:22), Auden Recker 30th ( 22:26), and Sheldon Corkery 31st (22:37). Three more Blazers ran in that pack, with John Paul Grebner coming in 32nd (22:27), Ryan Schlarmann 33rd (22:39) and Spencer Rea 34th (22:40), followed by Shawn Brunsman 42nd (24:21), Cassius McGrane 43rd (24:25), Isaac Westhoff 46th (24:58), Andrew Salrin 47th (25:04), Erik Koopmann 49th (25:08), Devin Burlage 53rd (25:510, Zach Helle 54th (28:00) and Ean Brown 61st (29:54).

Claiming the team title was Sumner-Fredericksburg with 51, followed by Dunkerton 64, Clayton Ridge 74 (and the top runner Keaton Reimer in 18:57), MFL-MarMac 94, BHS 97, and Prairie du Chein, Wis., 100.

Coach Tyson Squiers termed it a very successful meet. “Jacob earned a medal and Joe is starting off the season on the right foot, nearing closer to his lifetime PR already. Parker is starting his freshman season strong, running in the third spot for the team. Many of the boys ran significantly faster than they did at Oelwein and Sheldon missed his own PR by 19 seconds. Isaac, Andrew, Erik and Devin all ran over 1:30 better than the last meet. Overall I think they got out a little quickly today, which is common at the beginning of the year, especially at a meet where we find ourselves towards the front of the race. The adrenaline starts pumping and we tend to run paces we aren’t comfortable with. We have things to work on but we are already seeing success early.”

The team did not fare as well as the more populous Monticello Invitational Sept. 11, coming in 14th in the 14-team field with 418 points.

Taking first was Tipton with 52, followed by Western Dubuque 63, Center Point-Urbana 119, Maquoketa Valley 125, Mid-Prairie 143, Davenport Assumption 155, Monticello 199, Bellevue 202, Anamosa 211, Jesup 245, Cascade 253, North Linn 268, Camanche 344 and BHS.

Jacob Schlarmann led the team with a 72nd in 20:27. He was followed by Schneider in 86th (21:31), Domeyer 93rd (22:03), Rea 94th (22:03) and Corkery 97th (23:13). Also running were Cassius McGrane 98th (23:30) and Ryan Schlarmann 99th (23:37).

“Jacob again led the team with a strong and consistent race,” added Squiers. “Joe continues to run smart races, Parker had his PR today, and Sheldon ran his second-fastest time ever. Spencer had a season-best and Shawn ran the third-fastest time on the team, from the JV race, too. I was extremely impressed by the way he stepped up and pushed himself. Erik, Isaac and Ean had season bests as well.

“The boys are learning to pace themselves a little more appropriately, starting with more patience and continuing to push through the second and third miles. We are still early in the season and with more miles under our feet, we should see more big performances soon.”

The middle school team actually won their race with 53 points, ahead of Bellevue 69, North Linn 84, Monticello 85, Anamosa 88 and Calamus-Wheatland 107. Three runners made the top 10: Andrew Schlarmann 4th (12:02), Adam Gaul 5th (12:10) and Danny Dudzik 9th (13:30). They also counted Steffen Goerdt 19th (14:23) and Levi Reiter 23rd (14:41). Running as well were Tommy Dudzik 27th (15:16), Jackson Krapfl 29th (15:24), and Cole Luensmann 40th (18:28).

In the JV race, the team ran to seventh place with 200 points. Western Dubuque took the race with 49, followed by CPU 57, Mid-Prairie 61, Monticello 81, Assumption 118, Anamosa 157 and BHS. Brunsman paced the team with 48th (21:55), followed by Koopmann 67th (24:11), Westhoff 69th (24:14), Salrin 72nd (25:27), Burlage 80th (26:31) and Brown 85th (27:21).