Wall, Kluesner lead Beckman at annual Ed-Co CC Invitational

Beckman started the season with solid times at the sixth annual Edgewood-Colesburg Cross Country Invitational Aug. 27.

Danil Wall paced the boys with a personal record of 20:04, good for 29th overall. Isaac Schlarmann was right behind him at 21:18 (39th). Nate Schaefer (45th — 21:38), Joe Schneider (52nd — 23:16) and Cassius McGrane ( 54th — 23:23) rounded out the counting scores. Auden Recker (55th — 23:30) completed the pack runners but did not count. Isaac Westhoff rounded out the team (58th — 25:54).

The Blazers placed eighth in the field, following South Winneshiek 35, Jesup 62, Starmont 77, North Fayette Valley 93, Sumner-Fredericksburg 121, Alburnett 142 and Don Bosco 193 with a team mark of 199.

“Our varsity boys ran very well with many of our rookies stepping up,” said coach Tyson Squiers. “Danil ran over a minute faster than last year and Isaac was just shy of last year’s lifetime PR.

“Nate had a great debut and Joe, Cassius and Auden had amazing pack running, all pushing each other and finishing closely. Cassius improved by over a minute, Auden dropped well over two minutes from last year. And Isaac rounded out our top seven in his first 5K.”

On the girls’ side, it was Isabelle Kluesner leading the way (26th — 24:01), with Olivia Thier close behind (33rd — 24:29). Savanah Oberbroeckling (45th — 29:43), Jordan Thier (46th — 30:08) and Sydney Reiter (47th — 30:23) completed the counters.

The team placed seventh (184), behind Jesup 48, Starmont 60, Central 74, Kee 78, Sumner-Fredericksburg 111 and North Fayette Valley129.

Squiers added, “Isabelle ran 0:18 faster than last year and Olivia was well over a minute faster. Savanah had a huge PR, almost nine minutes faster than last year. Sydney also had a huge improvement, four-and-a-half minutes faster. Jordan (freshman) made her high school 5K debut.

“We don’t have a JV girls team this year and the boys JV race was cut short due to lightening a little over mile into the race. I’m pretty sure the only place in the state that had a storm cell over it was Edgewood,” Squiers said.