Western Dubuque put together a solid effort in the varsity girls’ race to bring home a first-place team finish at the West Delaware Invitational, Oct. 6. Alyssa and Lauren Klein once again provided a powerful one-two punch. Freshman Alyssa Klein placed second (19:57) and senior Lauren Klein third (20:05). Audrey Biermann finished 10th (20:56), Amelia Klostermann 20th (21:56), Leah Digmann 27th (22:20) and Isabella Graber 36th (25:40).

“I thought we ran very well to be able to win that meet with the competition that was there and running without two of our top five due to injury. We hope to have them back for conference and districts. I liked that we were able to get all five of our counters in the top 30 (our fifth was 27th) and three in the top-10,” coach Mark Digmann said.

WD took home the girls’ team title with 58 points. Tipton was second (83), Mount Vernon-Lisbon third (89), Center Point-Urbana fourth (92), Waverly-Shell Rock fifth (107), North Fayette Valley sixth (183), Anamosa seventh (196), Cascade eighth (243), West Delaware ninth (255), Beckman 10th (264), Oelwein 11th (275), Cedar Rapids Xavier 12th (281), Independence 13th (294) and Vinton-Shellsburg 14th (349).

WD’s girls also topped the competition in the junior varsity category, winning in the field of nine. Olivia Thul won the JV races in 21:51. Delaney Behning was second (22:36), Carson Koerperich third (22:45), Kylie Nauman sixth (24:12) and Macy Simon 19th (25:10). Also running for WD were Natalie Meyers 25th (25:19), Carley Mausser 33rd (25:58), Emmy Deutmeyer 36th (26:10), Elizabeth Graber 41st (26:25), Maggie Scherbring 49th (27:28), Maci Wessels 50th (27:39), Samantha Burds 66th (28:32), Claire McGrane 82nd (29:58), Hannah Wendling 98th (34:04) and Lexi Kramer 108th (44:49).

“I think our depth was on display by not only winning the varsity competition, but winning the JV as well, placing 1-2-3-6. These girls push each other in practice to get better every night, so I am glad that they have trusted our process and are starting to see the benefits of their hard work,” Digmann said.

Cade Messer led WD in the boys’ varsity race with a fifth-place finish in 17:07. Eli Naumann was eighth (17:23), Derek Fangmann 29th (18:16), Levi Meyer 53rd (19:05), Isaiah Hammerand 60th (19:16) and Caden Coyle 74th (19:52).

“I thought we ran well,” Digmann said of the boys’ finish. “We were one short due to injury and should be at full strength for conference and districts. Cade and Eli continue to run well upfront and our next group is continuing to get better every meet out, both individually and collectively in a competitive setting. “

Center Point-Urbana won the boys’ varsity title with 84 points. Tipton was second (87), Mount Vernon-Lisbon third (104), Waverly-Shell Rock fourth (131), West Delaware fifth (147), Western Dubuque sixth (155), Maquoketa Valley seventh (184), North Fayette Valley eighth (216), Anamosa ninth (233), Cedar Rapids Xavier 10th (234), Cascade 11th (257), Oelwein 12th (318), Vinton-Shellsburg 13th (339), Isaac Newton Christian 14th (357), Alburnett 15th (421), Beckman 16th (453) and Independence 17th (489).

In the boys’ junior varsity race, WD placed fourth of 11 complete teams. Jacob Gottschalk ninth (19:21), Ethan Hoefler 17th (19:54), Brady Horsfall 23rd (20:11), Thomas Blair 36th (20:43) and Ben Soppe 44th (21:10) rounded out the scoring five. Also running were Jagger McCool 52nd (21:21), Will Lopez 56th (21:31), Nathan Casey 100th (23:25), Sam Krapfl 123rd (24:58), Austin Hagerty 124th (25:01), Zane Heiderscheit 147th (29:17) and Brandon Vaske 148th (29:25).