Western Dubuque’s cross country teams kicked off the week at the Dick Pollitt Go-Hawk Classic at Wartburg College in Waverly, Sept. 7. The event held races by grade with juniors and seniors running together, along with freshmen and sophomores. Team scores were compiled by grade.
Eli Naumann won the junior/senior boys’ race in 15:57. Derek Fangmann was eighth (17:36), Isaiah Hammerand ninth (17:41), Drew Meyer 28th (18:32), Levi Meyer 30th (18:35), Brenden Begle 49th (19:14), Brady Horsfall 60th (20:04), Jackson Doyle 64th (20:15), Russell Miller 72nd (20:41), Caden Coyle 89th (21:12), Jagger McCool 105th (21:55), Thomas Blair 108th (22:04), Dylan Schroeder 121st (23:01), Timmy Horsfall 122nd (23:02), Zane Heiderscheit 123rd (23:02), Nathan Casey 127th (23:40) and Will Cosley 145th (27:16).
“Eli is running extremely well right now,” coach Mark Digmann said. “His time of 15:57 puts him at No. 2 in school history behind only Ben Grant (15:29) who won a state individual title in 2003. We’ll see how he keeps improving as the season goes on. I’m not sure that Ben’s record will fall, as it gets harder to take time out when you are going that fast to begin with, but I know Eli is going to take a shot at it.”
The junior boys took first with 15 points. Waverly-Shell Rock was second (28), New Hampton third (41), Denver fourth (42), Mason City fifth (43), Waukon sixth (44), Decorah seventh (56), Grundy Center eighth (81), Independence ninth (104), Tripoli 10th (112), Aplington-Parkersburg 11th (116) and West Delaware 12th (127).
“They (junior boys) were looking to repeat the grade level title and did that. I thought they all ran well. Isaiah and Levi both set PRs at the meet. Our top four juniors are also our regular varsity counters, so once you put their performances with Eli’s, we have a pretty solid team.”
Decorah won the senior boys title with 25 points. Waverly-Shell Rock was second (29), Jesup third (37), Grundy Center fourth (48), WD fifth (50) in the 15-team field.
Brody Staner led WD in the boys’ freshmen/sophomore race with a 19th-place finish in 19:27. Preston Kremers was 43rd (20:53), Austin Hagerty 50th (21:05), Coy Messer 61st (21:27), JT Lucious 94th (23:14), Tyler Bedtka 98th (23:23), Jimmy Hoover 119th (24:49) and Brandon Vaske 138th (27:38).
In the freshmen race, WD placed fourth of 10 teams. WD placed 11th of 14 teams in the sophomore boys’ race.
Alyssa Klein led the Bobcat girls with a second-place finish in the freshmen/sophomore girls’ race with a time of 19:57. Paige Koetz placed 83rd (27:12), Claire McGrane 105th (29:08) and Cambrie Pitz 133rd (33:26).
“She ran well,” Digmann said of her effort. “She got under 20:00 and will continue to get better. Alyssa is such a competitor that even though her time was good, she’s disappointed she didn’t win that race. She’ll be fine.”
WD didn’t have enough runners for a team score in the freshmen and sophomore girls’ fields.
The Bobcat girls were dominant in the junior/senior scoring winning both events. The juniors scored 20 points and won over Decorah on the fourth-runner tie breaker. The seniors also won with 20 points, over Center Point-Urbana on a fourth-runner tie breaker.
Lilly Boge led WD in the combined race with a seventh-place finish in 20:32. Audrey Biermann was eighth (21:09), Isabelle Graber 11th (21:33), Leah Digmann 14th (21:54), Olivia Thul 19th (22:24), Gabby Kaiser 34th (23:52), Kylie Nauman 41st (24:08), Haylee DeLong 52nd (24:51), Samantha Burds 106th (28:42), Natalie Meyers 117th (29:19), Claire Neumann 119th (29:23), Emily Deutmeyer 132nd (30:42) and Ellie McDermott 147th (35:35).
“I thought we ran well,” Digmann said of the junior/senior girls’ race. “The senior girls won the title last year as juniors, so they were hoping to repeat. The junior girls didn’t run well last year, but now that Isabella and Olivia have a season under them and know more of what to expect, they went out and ran what they are capable of and Gabby is starting to figure out the 5K distance. Both teams won as the result of a tie, so the tie break came down to Haylee DeLong beating Decorah’s fourth girl for the seniors and Kylie Nauman beating CPU’s fourth girl for the juniors.”
Overall, Digmann was pleased for the Bobcats’ effort at this early-season meet. “We ran 25 boys at the meet and had 12 PRs and another four had season-best times. We ran 17 girls at the meet and had five PRs and another eight season-best times. The big PR movers were Cambrie Pitz (1:02) for the girls and JT Lucius (1:10) for the boys. Season-best movers were Will Cosley (3:07) for the boys and Emily Deutmeyer (52 seconds) for the girls,” he added.