Beckman recorded a pair of ninth-place team finishes at the Cascade Invitational held Sept. 19 at Anamosa Middle School due to wet conditions at the Cougars’ normal course — Fillmore Fairways.
“Due to rain and wet course conditions, the Cascade meet was moved last minute to the Anamosa course. This course change was definitely a benefit regarding times,” Beckman coach Tyson Squiers explained. “Typically, with the hilly course at Cascade, the times aren’t nearly as fast. Today, our athletes capitalized on the change of venue and ran amazing times and finished strong.”
Isabelle Kluesner was once again the Blazers’ leader in the girls varsity race. She finished 35th in 24:17. Olivia Thier was 43rd (25:33), Savanah Oberbroeckling 50th (28:11), Sydney Reiter 57th (29:45) and Jordan Thier 58th (29:50).
“Isabelle was almost 0:20 faster than her 2018 time, while Olivia ran closely behind, equaling her time from last year,” Squiers said. “Savanah finally broke the 29:00 mark running 28:11, almost a 1:00 PR for her. Sydney had the biggest improvement from 2018, beating her previous time by almost eight minutes. This was her first race under the 30-minute mark, which she had set for a goal at the beginning of the year. Jordan rounded out our high school girls squad, equaling her PR and running a very strong race.”
Monticello won the girls team title with 30 points. Benton Community was second (68), Iowa City Regina third (77), Prince of Peace fourth (122), Anamosa fifth (127), Cascade sixth (127), Maquoketa Valley seventh (173), Maquoketa eighth (186) and Beckman ninth (223).
Danil Wall led Beckman in the boys varsity race with a 40th-place finish in 20:03. Isaac Schlarmann was 53rd (21:06), Nate Schaefer 54th (21:18), Jack Gehling 55th (21:22) and Joe Schneider 65th (22:41) rounded out the counting five. Auden Recker and Cassius McGrane placed 67th (22:57) and 68th (22:58), respectively.
Monticello took home the boys team title with 16 points. Maquoketa Valley was second (50), Benton Community third (118), Cascade fourth (123), Iowa City Regina Fifth (124), Anamosa sixth (127), Durant seventh (169), East Dubuque, Ill., eighth (248), Beckman ninth (252) and Midland 10th (279).
In the boys junior varsity race, Spencer Rea was 36th (23:22), Sheldon Corkery 42nd (25:03), Isaac Westhoff 45th (25:13) and Ean Brown 48th (27:58).
“For the high school boys, both the JV and varsity ran together,” Squiers explained. “Danil led the boys, running 0:07 faster than his 2018 time on this course. Isaac had a fantastic race, running almost a minute faster than last year. Nate and Jack both continue to improve, both PR-ing by over 10 seconds. Auden improved his time by over a minute. Cassius had his PR by 0:06, which was 0:48 faster than last year. The boys continue to pack run extremely well. If our top-five can start dribbling below the 21:00 mark as a group, we will start moving up a decent amount of places.”
Maria Kruse had a big race in the junior high girls division (two miles) placing fifth in 14:01. Madelyn Reiter was 16th (15:56) and Kennedy Recker 27th (16:55).
“For the middle school girls, Maria led the team once again and finished fifth, earning a ribbon. Madelyn also went home with some hardware, finishing 16th overall and running a 0:45 PR. Kennedy rounded out the girls squad, running just a few seconds behind her season best,” Squiers explained.
Beckman placed fifth of seven complete teams in the boys junior high race. Jacob Schlarmann had a great race placing fourth in 12:21. Parker Domeyer was 36th (14:37), Jonah Recker 37th (14:29) and Cooper Klas 38th (14:29) rounded out the counters. Also completing the course were Andrew Salrin 39th (14:30), Riley White 62nd (16:19), Carter Hageman 64th (16:30) and Mitchel Clemen 67th (16:46).