Beckman’s girls placed sixth in the West Delaware Invitational, Oct. 5 over the Hart Ridge golf course layout while the boys came in 20th.

Maria Kruse, despite nursing an injury, resumed her accustomed spot on top of the team’s standings, placing 12th in 20:19. Julia Mertz 21st (20:42), Madelyn Reiter 25th (20:48), Abby Knepper 31st (21:08) and Maria Dudzik 44th (22:07) rounded out the counters. Also running were Ellie Recker 85th (24:20) and Jordan Thier 86th (24:29).

Western Dubuque copped the team title with 89 points, followed by Mount Vernon-Lisbon 96, Tipton 97, Center Point-Urbana 113, Jesup 115, BHS 133, Waverly-Shell Rock 138, Clear Lake 181, West Delaware 241, Starmont 251, Springville 370, North Fayette Valley 396, Cedar Rapids Xavier 407, Independence 412, Vinton-Shellsburg 417, Anamosa 420, Maquoketa 450 and Oelwein 503.

Coach Tyson Squiers added, “This was one of the meets we look forward to. Between our junior high and high school runners, we had 45 athletes competing and 35 came away with PRs as well as three with season-bests. That’s the confidence boost we need heading into the conference and district meets.

“The girls showed up determined to compete against one of the strongest 2A and 3A fields. Heading in ranked No. 11 in 2A, we still had No. 4 Tipton and No. 7 Jesup ahead of us, as well as two top 10 3A teams and No. 16 CPU. We ended up sixth, right behind the higher-ranked teams.

“Maria had her strongest race of the season, 12th overall in a tough field, just slightly behind her current PR. Julia and Madelyn both moved up to third and fourth on our top 10 list. Abby once again had a strong race, missed medaling by a spot. Our two, three and four runners always race well together, especially the first two miles. Strong teams are built on that kind of racing.

“Maria Duzik ran her best of the season, eighth on our top 10 with a new PR. Ellie and Jordan both got PRs as well. The girls looked focused and are working on qualifying for state. It would be the first since 1996 so we are overdue.”

On the boys’ side, Tipton took the title with 57 over Western Dubuque 122, Mount Vernon 137, Clear Lake 145, Waverly-Shell Rock 148, Maquoketa Valley 169, Oelwein 172, CPU 233, Jesup 252, Xavier 278, Starmont 303, Anamosa 304, NFV 330, Cascade 351, West Delaware 376, V-S 409, East Buchanan 489, Alburnett 508, Maquoketa 542, BHS 547 and Independence 557.

Jacob Schlarman was in his usual spot at the top of the team, running 85th (19:03) and followed by Joe Schneider 100th (19:27), Spencer Rea 120th (20:17), Parker Domeyer 124th (20:30), and John Paul Grebner 136th (21:25). Also running were Sheldon Corkery 141st (21:35) and Shawn Brunsman 148th (22:13).

Coach Squiers said, “Our boys’ times are peaking at the right time and our edge is still alive. The boys are putting in extra effort. Jacob led the team again with his best time by almost a half minute and No.4 on our top 10. I believe he can go under 19 before the end of the year. Joe had his best ever, going under 20 for the first time and No. 8 on our top 10. Spencer bettered his PR by 11 seconds and he is getting closer to under-20 as well. Parker, John Paul and Sheldon also PR’d and Devin cut almost two minutes off his time.”

In the JV girls’ race, the Blazers came in seventh. Counting were Sydney Reiter 28th (24:00), Mallory Rea 49th (25:01), Paula Braun 62nd (25:47), Marie Grebner 63rd (25:54) and Mary Reed 75th (26:27). Completing the team runners were Chloe Goedken 102nd (27:51) and Valery Meyer 130th (33:18).

For the JV boys, Ryan Schlarmann 93rd (21:57), Erik Koopmann 101st (22:14), Auden Recker 105th (22:19), Isaac Westhoff 117th (22:40) and Devin Burlage 119th (22:43) combined for a 16th place in the team standings. Andrew Salrin 121st (22:55) and Zach Helle 152nd (25:40) completed the Beckman entries.