Alyssa Klein led Western Dubuque’s girls’ cross country team with a second-place overall finish in the freshmen/sophomore girls’ race at the Dick Pollitt Go-Hawk Classic hosted by Waverly-Shell Rock at Wartburg, Sept. 8.
This week’s race was again run with two separate divisions “A” and “B.” After all the races were complete, the times were combined for the overall results. WD ran in the “B” division, which was run after all the “A” races were complete.
Klein, a freshman, claimed her outstanding finish with a time of 19:47.8. Her time moved her up to No. 4 on WD’s all-time list. Isabella Graber was 26th (22:58), Kylie Naumann 27th (23:04), Carson Koerperich 34th (23:40), Olivia Thul 35th (23:46), Emily Deutmeyer 98th (27:32), Carley Mausser 107th (28:17), Claire McGrane 111th (28:37), Maggie Scherbring 118th (29:34) and Lillie Abitz 144th (35:27).
Lauren Klein led the Bobcats in the junior/senior girls’ race with a fourth-place time of 20:16. Lilly Boge was sixth (20:58), Audrey Biermann eighth (21:24), Leah Digmann 15th (21:55), Amelia Klostermann 20th (22:21), Natalie Meyers 73rd (25:33), Elizabeth Graber 77th (25:46), Samantha Burds 123rd (27:57), Maci Wessels 127th (28:16) and Lexi Kramer 160th (48:08).
The Bobcat girls’ strong finish earned them a first-place finish in the team standings with 21 points. Hudson was second (34), Decorah third (39), Waverly-Shell Rock fourth (44), Denver fifth (52), Mason City sixth (60), Waukon seventh (68), Jesup eighth (69), Crestwood ninth (76), Center Point-Urbana 10th (106), Nashua-Plainfield 11th (107), West Delaware 12th (111), Aplington-Parkersburg 13th (112), Wapsie Valley 14th (132), Webster City 15th (134), Oelwein 16th (143) and Grundy Center 17th (208).
“The girls competed well,” coach Mark Digmann said. “I think it would have been a different junior level race if we would have been head to head, but we had several PRs by a big margin and Alyssa’s time of 19:47 puts her at No. 4 all-time on our school list of best performances. I was impressed by how well we ran, and the weather conditions made it more impressive.”
On the boys’ side, it was Cade Messer leading Western Dubuque’s effort with a seventh-place finish in the junior/senior race in 17:34. Jacob Gottschalk was 67th (20:13), Brady Horsfall 72nd (20:20), Caden Coyle 76th (20:40), Ethan Hoefler 96th (21:29), Michael Kemp 101st (21:45), Will Lopez 116th (22:48) and Connor Dolphin 132nd (23:58).
Levi Meyer led WD in the boys’ freshmen/sophomore race with a ninth-place finish (18:59). Isaiah Hammerand was 11th (19:03), Drew Meyer 20th (19:50), Jagger McCool 82nd (22:28), Thomas Blair 83rd (22:29), Austin Hagerty 103rd (23:27), Maddox Bries 142nd (28:35), Zane Heiderscheit 143rd (28:37) and Brandon Vaske 158th (33:45).
“I thought the boys ran very well also. With Derek Fangmann out with an injury, I was pleasantly surprised to still have enough depth at that grade level to win the sophomore title. The boys also had several PRS and season-best times despite the weather conditions,” Digmann said.
Center Point-Urbana won the boys’ overall title with 14 points. Waverly-Shell rock was second (20), Decorah third (36), Denver fourth (43), Waukon fifth (57), New Hampton sixth (61), Waukon seventh (66), Webster City eighth (66), Mason City ninth (75), Jesup 10th (87), Western Dubuque 11th (91), Hudson 12th (94), Crestwood 13th (100), West Delaware 14th (100), Oelwein 15th (104), Independence 16th (197), Aplington-Parkersburg 17th (197), Hampton-Dumont 18th (228) and Nashua-Plainfield 19th (261).