Beckman’s cross country teams finished eighth and ninth at the Cascade Invitational, Sept. 17, over the Fillmore Fairways layout.

“Cascade is always a meet that gets circled on the calendar,” said coach Tyson Squiers. “For some of the runners, it’s always ‘the hard meet.’ It is by far the course with the most hills and challenges. For me, I circle it because of those challenges but also because of what it looks like when we are done. Our kids put so much energy and effort into this race and finish it with such tenacity that it is hard to watch and not be very excited.

“When it is done, our team camp is full of smiles, laughter, high fives and congratulations. Everyone has the same challenges, step for step and our team respects that. We acknowledge each other’s accomplishments, big or small.”

The girls were eighth and paced again by freshman Maria Kruse, running 13th in 22:40. Soph Abby Knepper was next, 41st (25:10), followed by Isabelle Kluesner 49th (26:12), Kennedy Recker 53rd (27:00) and Ellie Recker 55th (27:35). Sydney Reiter came in 56th (27:53) and Savanah Oberbroeckling 57th (29:14).

“We raced extremely well again,” added Squiers. “Many of their times were faster or not far off the Starmont times. We don’t typically expect faster times at a course like this, but when we see them, it shows how much faster we can be on a future flatter course.

“Maria earned yet another medal. She always looks calm and focused during her races and isn’t afraid to compete. She is already having a huge season. Abby ran her personal best and is a competitor too, already showing improvements early in her first year in cross country. The returnees boasted much faster times than their 2018 race. Isabelle equaled her time, Sydney improved by 10 minutes and Savanah by 17. This team is very close-knit and has already made this season fun and exciting.”

In the team race, it was Wahlert in the top spot with 44, followed by Regina 73, Benton Community 74, Prince of Peace 95, Clear Creek-Amana 96, Anamosa 161, Cascade 162 and Beckman 185.

For the boys, CC-A was first with 48, ahead of Wahlert 67, Maquoketa 88, Monticello 89, Cascade 110, Benton 145, Anamosa 166, Regina 187, Beckman 272, Durant 295 and Maquoketa 297.

Leading the Blazers was another freshman, Jacob Schlarmann 42nd (20:35). Close behind was Auden Recker 44th (20:42), as well as Spencer Rea 61st (22:08), Joe Schneider 64th (22:20) and Ryan Schlarmann 66th (22:49). In 72nd was Cassius McGrane (23:41) and 75th was John Paul Grebner (24:52).

“We had over 10 runners with faster times here than at Starmont which is flatter. I’ve been preaching to the boys about competing and they definitely did today. We finished up the last hill hard, passing many people along the way. Cassius and Sheldon both improved over four minutes, while Devin and Sam gained five. Auden beat his 2018 time by a massive 7:42 and is going to do big things on the team this year. Jacob led the team again, coming back from a small injury that kept him out of the Starmont meet,” said Squiers.

In the JV boys’ race, the Blazers placed sixth with 142 points. Counting for the team were Nate Schaefer 37th (23:33), Sheldon Corkery 48th (25:00), Max Oberbroeckling 49th (25:23), Tyler Salrin 50th (25:24) and Sam Oberbroeckling 52nd (25:43). Also running were Sean Hinerichsen 53rd (25:47), Riley White 54th (25:48), Isaac Westhoff 55th (25:48), Andrew Salrin 56th (26:01), Devin Burlage 66th (27:13) and Ean Brown 68th (27:29.

“The JV boys all compete together, which has been great. It keeps them all accountable during the race and pushes them harder. That style of running will serve us well,” concluded Squiers.

Jordan Thier ran to 28th place in the JV girls’ race with a time of 29:26.

The Blazers ran to sixth place in the boys’ middle school race with 122 points, topping six other teams. Leading the team was Andrew Gaul 19th (14:29). Andrew Schlarmann ran 24th (14:38), Parker Domeyer 41st (15:27), Shawn Brunsman 42nd (15:32) and Brenndan Engler 50th (16:06).

Three Blazers ran the girls’ middle school race: Maria McGrane 60th (21:34), Rachel Schwarten 64th (22:42) and Cheyenne Geistkemper 24th (24:23).