Western Dubuque’s girls cross country team dominated the competition at the West Delaware Invitational Oct. 8 at Hart Ridge Golf Course taking first place by 22 points.
Lauren Klein led the Bobcats on the course as she ran to fourth place in 19:38. Elly Burds was sixth (19:49), Audrey Biermann seventh (20:02), Lilly Boge eighth (20:34) and Caylee Hermsen 43rd (22:49. Macy Simon and Kylie Nauman placed 47th (23:05) and 61st (23:49), respectively.
“I was extremely pleased with the way the girls ran at both levels,” coach Mark Digmann said. “To put four in the top eight at the varsity level and then put all five counting spots in the top 13 of the junior varsity race says a lot about how far our girls have come this season.
“Elly and Lauren continue to run well, Audrey continues to figure out the 5K distance, and Lilly is finally healthy and running where we expected her to.”
Western Dubuque won the girls team title with 62 points. Grinnell was second (84), Mount Vernon-Lisbon third (95), Center Point-Urbana fourth (127), Waverly-Shell Rock fifth (142), Cedar Rapids Xavier sixth (156), Tipton seventh (174), Independence eighth (194), Springville-Central City ninth (194), Cascade 10th (231), West Delaware 11th (313), North Fayette Valley 12th (323), Clinton 13th (328), Vinton-Shellsburg 14th (365), Maquoketa 15th (411), Beckman 16th (453) and Oelwein 17th (470).
WD’s boys placed all seven in the top-20 of the varsity race en route to a second-place team finish. Cade Messer seventh (17:07), Eli Naumann ninth (17:12), Austin Huberty 11th (17:17), Ben Mulert 13th (17:24) and Trenton Hammerand 16th (17:24) were the counting five. Kale Cartee and Connor Coyle were 18th (17:33) and 20th (17:38), respectively.
“I thought the boys ran well,” Digmann said. “We have consistently been five to 10 points behind Tipton all year, so I wasn’t surprised that they got us again. We were thinking in a bigger meet that their No. 5 might have gotten pushed back a little more, but that didn’t happen.
“I thought as a group both levels ran quite well considering it has been almost two weeks since we had a meet and the fact that the weather didn’t allow us to be able to do what we wanted in practice. It was also nice to get Cade back from injury and I thought he ran well.”
Tipton took top honors in the boys varsity race with 49 points. Western Dubuque was second (56), Center Point-Urbana third (82), Mount Vernon-Lisbon fourth (156), Waverly-Shell Rock fifth (165), West Delaware sixth (167), Grinnell seventh (173), Maquoketa Valley eighth (201), Clinton ninth (206), Cedar Rapids Xavier 10th (252), Cascade 11th (303), Anamosa 12th (318), Vinton-Shellsburg 13th (391), North Fayette Valley 14th (395), Independence 15th (485), Oelwein 16th (487), Edgewood-Colesburg 17th (487), Beckman 18th (549), North Cedar 19th (559) and Maquoketa 20th (625).
Western Dubuque also won the girls junior varsity title with a score of 51 after placing five in the top 13. Mary Schlueter led the back with a first-place finish in 22:34. Delaney Behning was third (22:46), Leah Digmann eighth (23:38), Lexi Lansing 12th (24:06) and Natalie Meyers 13th (24:12).
“I was glad to see Mary, Delaney, and Leah run well in the JV race, as they usually run varsity when we run 10 and this race gave them the opportunity to run up front instead of in the back,” Digmann said.
Additional JV finishers included Danielle Ploessel 27th (24:32), Emmy Deutmeyer 30th (24:42), Allie Krapfl 35th (25:16), Elizabeth Graber 38th (25:26), Maddy Welbes 52nd (26:04), Jordan Vontalge 69th (26:57), Hannah Fangmann 70th (27:02), Nicole Gudenkauf 79th (27:19), Samantha Burds 99th (28:38), Carrie Krapfl 116th (30:22), Emily Bonert 118th (30:53), Nina DeMuth 122nd (31:05), Libby Freiburger 123rd (31:06), Natalie DeMuth 129th (32:25), Selena Fischer 132nd (33:54), Julia Gasper 137th (39:03) and Lexi Kramer 138th (41:35).
Western Dubuque placed third of 12 junior varsity boys teams. Matt Gassman led the Bobcats with a second-place finish in 17:52. Eric Monahan was fourth (18:23), Brice Ronek seventh (18:46), Devin Neuhaus 27th (19:42) and Dylan Schroeder 38th (19:58).
Other JV finishers for the Bobcats included Michael Kemp 51st (20:33), Brady Horsfall 52nd (20:34), Ethan Hoefler 62nd (20:52), Will Lopez 64th (20:54), Jacob Gottschalk 69th (21:01), Connor Dolphin 75th (21:15), Jack Haverland 84th (21:28), Cody Gadberry 97th (21:50), Caden Coyle 110th (22:16), Thomas Blair 113th (22:28), Jacob Stanner 118th (22:39), Tony Lyon 121st (22:52), Levi Burds 132nd (23:15), Timmy Horsfall 132nd (23:35), Mitchell Gudenkauf 145th (24:01), Will Cosley 148th (24:23), Isaiah Hammerand 150th (24:38) and Cayle Hermsen 163rd (26:00).