At the multi-team Western Dubuque Invitational Sept. 30, the Beckman’s girls came in seventh with 144 points, the boys were 13th.
The Bobcats took their own event with 44, followed by Wahlert 71, Monticello 78, Clinton 111, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 128, Decorah 136, BHS, Springville 223, independence 281 and Maquoketa 291. Four schools fielded incomplete teams.
Madelyn Reiter took over the top spot for the Blazers, coming in 16th with a time of 21:40. Julia Mertz 26th (22:33), Abby Knepper 27th (22:40), Maria Kruse 38th (23:20) and Maria Dudzik 49th (24:35) completed the scoring five. Also running were Ellie Recker 61st (26:12), Sydney Reiter 63rd (26:15), Mallory Rea 69th (27:17), Jordan Thier 71st (27:24) and Chloe Goedken 82nd (29:33).
The varsity boys were 13th in the field with 318 points. They trailed WD 41, Kennedy 60, Decorah 95, Wahlert 134, Monticello 143, Clinton 151, Clayton Ridge 198, Cascade 199, Prince of Peace 283, Independence 292, Maquoketa 305, and Springville 308.
Jacob Schlarmann was in his usual spot at the top of the team with a 59th place in 20:15. Joe Schneider 74th (21:17), Parker Domeyer 76th (21:38), John Paul Grebner 85th (22:25) and Spencer Rea 86th (22:25) rounded out the counters. Also running were Sheldon Corkery 88th (22:38), Shawn Brunsman 91st (23:02), Auden Recker 97th (23:59), Ryan Schlarmann 100th (24:36) and Cassius McGrane 103rd (25:17).
“We always look forward to this meet because, without our own home meet, this is the closest thing we have,” added coach Tyson Squiers. “Typically, more of our team’s families, friends, students can attend. It’s great to see that extra fanbase.
“But we struggled a bit today. Warmer weather and the course caught us off guard. There were still great races run but we haven’t had to face heat like that in a few weeks. We also tried some tactics that didn’t pan out but that needs to be done before districts and conference.
“In the girls’ race, Madelyn took the lead with a PR and a medal for 16th with a strong race. Abby was 30 seconds faster than last year. Mallory and Marie ran their second-fastest time of the year and Valery ran a PR. We tried to get the girls to go out a little faster than usual and it didn’t pan out. We are at the point in the season where we can still try things to be sure we are dialed in by conference and district. Our girls are feeling confident and focused for West Delaware next week.
“For the boys, Jacob was the leader as he has been all season, running very consistently, and we are hoping for a big-time drop soon. Parker ran his second-fastest time and John Paul was just shy of his PR. Joe ran over a minute faster than last year and Devin was 30 seconds faster. Isaac and Sheldon ran their second-fastest times of the year. We still have work to do in the pacing area. They have a tendency to go out too fast and it’s something we have addressed before but still have some refining to do.”
In the boys JV race, the team came in seventh, with scoring from Isaac Westhoff 84th (24:47), Andrew Salrin 85th (24:50), Erik Koopmann 88th (25:22), Devin Burlage 101st (27:15) and Zach Helle 102nd (27:15).
Just four girls ran in the JV race for the Blazers: Marie Grebner 34th (27:54), Paula Braun 35th (27:54), Chloe Goedken 53rd (30:18) and Valery Meyer 62nd (32:35).