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Spencer Rea races up a hill at the Cascade Invitational.

Beckman’s cross country runners finally got a meet to run, Sept. 15 at Starmont. Both varsity teams placed 19th and the junior varsity boys’ claimed 10th.

“We were very excited to be racing at Starmont after so many cancellations,” said coach Tyson Squiers. “This was our first true 5K and many of the runners’ first-ever.”

For the varsity boys, Center Point-Urbana won with 49, in front of West Delaware 59, Denver 95, Hudson 145, Jesup 158, Waukon 186, North Fayette Valley 211, Oelwein 262, Columbus 266, Clayton Ridge 268, Sumner-Fredericksburg 285, Starmont 306, Vinton-Shellsburg 331, Independence 373, Union 421, Edgewood-Colesburg 439, Aplington-Parkersburg 442, MFL MarMac 490 and BHS 508.

Auden Recker paced the team, 103rd (21:43). Ryan Schlarmann was next 114th (22:31), followed by Joe Schneider 116th (22:36), Spence Rea 117th (22:39) and Nate Schaefer 130th (24:20). Also running were Cassius McGrane 132nd (24:22) and Isaac Westhoff 135th (24:28).

“Auden led the team and seems to always have a fantastic race on this course. Joe and Sam (JV race) both ran over a minute faster than the same time in 2019 and Sheldon got the biggest improvement, 1:18. Our boys are really getting a feel for the pack running mentality as well. With more runners this year, we can do that more effectively. When we can push each other and call each other up in packs, we are going to run much faster.”

For the girls, Maria Kruse came in first, medaling for her second straight meet, 15th (22:15). Next was Abby Knepper 103rd (25:54), followed by Isabelle Kluesner 107th (26:06), Kennedy Recker 110th (26:17) and Ellie Recker 117th (26:54). Also running were Sydney Reiter 121st (27:29) and Savanah Oberbroeckling 124th (27:45).

“Maria’s time places her fourth on our all-time list for girls,” added Squiers. “Savanah ran 1:27 faster than 2019 and Sydney beat her time by over three minutes. Our girls’ team may be small but they keep each other accountable and are very hard workers. I’m very excited to see what they can do as the season progresses.”

Teamwise, it was Hudson leading with 89, followed by Jesup 113, Starmont 155, Waukon 179, Denver 186, NFV 217, Lansing Kee 217, S-F 247, North Linn 258, Turkey Valley 258, A-P 263, Union 328, MFL-MarMac 330, Independence 332, V-S 359, West Delaware 361, Oelwein 391 and BHS 410.

The JV boys claimed 10th place in the team race with 285. West Delaware won with 37, ahead of CPU 65, Denver 66, Waukon 93, Alburnett 181, Tripoli 191, NFV 199, Jesup 213, Oelwein 231, BHS 285, Starmont 311, Clayton Ridge 334, V-S 350 and A-P 377.

John Paul Grebner led the Blazers with a 77th-place finish in 24:05. Joining him as counters were Max Oberbroeckling 87th (24:26), Tyler Salrin 89th (24:38), Sean Hinerichsen 94th (24:56), and Sheldon Corkery 96th (24:59). Also running were Andrew Salrin 99th (25:20), Sam Oberbroeckling 110th (26:18), Riley White 119th (27:10), Devin Burlage 144th (30:16) and Ean Brown 145th (30:34).

Jordan Thier ran in 69th place (29:37) as the lone JV entrant in the girls’ race.