Maria Kruse took her customary place at the front of the Beckman girls’ team, running to 13th place in 21:22, to lead her team to a 10th place finish Oct. 6 in the West Delaware Invitational on Hart Ridge Golf Course.

The varsity boys placed 16th, the JV boys 11th.

Joining Kruse in counting for the Blazers were Abby Knepper 43rd (23:17), Kennedy Recker 75th (25:21), Ellie Recker 78th (25:59) and Isabelle Kluesner 79th (26:03). Sydney Reiter ran 81st (26:04) and Savanah Oberbroeckling 88th (26:47).

Coach Tyson Squiers added, “Maria continues her streak of medaling at every single meet this year. She was third among the 2A runners. Abby ran an impressive race as well. She is very focused and competitive. Kennedy was just a bit back from her PR today but competed well. She has been looking stronger every meet, making us excited to see what the next few meets will bring her. Isabelle continues to battle through an injury but is relentless when it come to challenging herself. Sydney earned her PR by over three minutes on this same course last year. Ellie equaled her PR, as did Savanah, running over a minute faster than last year here.”

In the team race, Western Dubuque scored 58 to lead Tipton (83), with three runners in the top 10. Third went to Mount Vernon/Lisbon 89, followed by CPU 92, Waverly-Shell Rock 107, North Fayette Valley 183, Anamosa 196, Cascade 243, West Delaware 255, BHS 264, Oelwein 275, Xavier 281, Independence 294 and Vinton-Shellsburg 349.

In the boys’ race, it was CPU at the top, a slim three points in front of Tipton, 84-87. Third was MV/L104, followed by W-SR 131, West Delaware 147, WD 155, Maquoketa Valley 184, NFV 216, Anamosa 233, Xavier 234, Cascade 257, Oelwein 318, V-S 339, Isaac Newton 357, Alburnett 421, BHS 453 and Independence 489.

Auden Recker finished 63rd (9:30) to pace the team. Jacob Schlarmann was next 94th (20:48), followed by Joe Schneider 102nd (21:22), Spencer Rea 103rd (21:24), and JP Grebner 114th (22:12). Running to 118th was Cassius McGrane (23:07), Ryan Schlarmann 123rd (23:56), Sam Oberbroeckling 132nd (25:49), Riley White 133rd (25:54), Devin Burlage 134th (26:01) and Ean Brown 138th (26:56).

Squiers said, “Auden ran his PR today, over three minutes faster than last year here. He is now sixth on our all-time list. Jacob also ran a fantastic race, though he got out a little quick, something that happens in this race because it is so competitive. Joe and Spencer keep proving how well they work together, running their fastest times ever by almost 10 seconds. JP also earned a PR today by 12 seconds.”

In the boys’ JV race, the Blazers finished 11th (298), behind times from Nate Schaefer 91st (22:55), Sheldon Corkery 99th (23:23), Sean Hinerichsen 111th (24:02), Max Oberbroeckling 112th (24:07) and Andrew Salrin 118th (24:48). Also running were Tyler Salrin 119th (24:48) and Isaac Westhoff 121st (24:50).

“In the JV race Sheldon ran his season-best and Max PR’d by almost 20 seconds. Ean had his season-best and brothers Andrew and Tyler tied for time with a mad dash at the end. Devin also earned a PR today.

“We have a lot of boys running times that will make our varsity lineup for conference a little more difficult. But I love that we have depth in our team that forces us to make decisions like that,” added Squiers.

For the MS teams, Adam Gaul led the boys with a 0:32 PR, earning him second on the middle school top-10 list. Andrew Schlarmann ran his PR and tied for third overall on the list. Cooper Klas and Parker Domeyer ran almost 0:20 faster than last year, their fastest this year. Shawn Brunsman, Brody Hageman, Brenndan Engler and Alexander Kerper all ran PRs as well.

The girls were led by Madelyn Reiter with a 0:32 PR, fourth overall on the top 10 list. Marie Grebner was close behind with a PR of over a minute, sixth on the list. Rachel Schwarten and Marie McGrane both ran strong races, missing their PRs by mere seconds.

“The MS teams run their WaMaC Monday at CPU. The varsity will run at Williamsburg Oct. 15. I’m excited to see what we can do this week. Traditionally we have ended the season with our best times, which is exactly what we want,” concluded Squiers.