Running at the West Delaware Invitational Oct. 8 at Hart Ridge, the Beckman girls placed 16th and the boys 18th among the multi-team fields.
In the girls meet, 18 teams participated. Western Dubuque claimed the title with 62 points, followed by Grinnell 84, Mount Vernon-Lisbon 95, Center Point-Urbana 127, Waverly-Shell Rock 142, Xavier 156, Tipton 174, Independence community 194, Springville-Central City 218, Cascade 231, West Delaware 313, North Fayette Valley 323, Clinton 328, Vinton-Shellesburg 365, Maquoketa 411, BHS 453 and Oelwein 470. Emily Staal, of Springville, was the individual winner in 18:24.
Pacing the Blazer times was Olivia Thier 70th (24:14). Isabelle Kluesner followed in 94th ( 25:30), as did Savanah Oberbroeckling 114th (28:06), Sydney Reiter 116th (29:17) and Jordan Thier 117th (29:30).
For the boys, Danil Wall took his customary place at the top of their line-up (94th — 20:00), followed by Isaac Schlarmann 98th (20:07), Nate Schaefer 118th (21:32), Auden Recker 132nd (22:42) and Joe Schneider 133rd (22:46). Also running were Cassius McGrane 137th (23:11) and Isaac Westhoff 138th (23:32).
In the 20-team race, it was Tipton 49, Western Dubuque 56, CPU 82, Mount Vernon-Lisbon 156, Waverly-Shell Rock 165, West Delaware 167, Grinnell 173, Maquoketa Valley 201, Clinton 206, Xavier 252, Cascade 303, Anamosa 318, Vinton-Shellsburg 391, NFV 395, Independence community 485, Oelwein 487, Edgewood-Colesburg 487, BHS 549, North Cedar 559 and Maquoketa 625. The top individual was Caleb Schumaker of Tipton in 16:28.
Coach Tyson Squiers added, “Overall this was a great meet for us. It was a preview of the WaMaC next week, hosted at the same location. We went into the meet after a long break from the competition with the cancellation of the Western Dubuque meet last week.
“For the girls, Olivia led the team for the first time this season, running her season-best. Both Savanah and Jordan had 0:05 PRs and Sydney ran the biggest improvement, 0:28 PR. Isabelle has been battling shin/calf injury the last couple weeks and I think she was feeling it a little bit more in this meet. She’s tough so I know she’ll come back and hit it hard next week.
“Danil equaled his best of the season. Isaac was close behind, running a 0:25 PR, which puts him 10th overall on our all-time list. He looked very strong and we hope that means great things are on the way the next two weeks. Nate had a very strong race, but with Jack Gehling out due to injury, I think it was tough missing his race partner.
“Auden, Joe, Isaac and Cassius all pack ran very well again, catching many runners at the finish.”
In the boys JV race, Spencer Rea was 101st (21:59), Ean Brown 152nd (24:40) and Sam Oberbroeckling 159th (25:17).
Squiers added, “Spencer was extremely close to his PR while Ean had a huge one, running 3:10 faster than his previous best. Sam also ran his season-best, all while coming back after getting his wisdom teeth removed a few days ago.”