Western Dubuque’s cross county teams had a solid showing at the Rich Engel Classic in Cedar Falls, Sept. 17. The Bobcat girls bought home a third-place finish, while the boys placed 10th.

Senior Lauren Klein was the lead Bobcat, finishing seventh (20:02. Lilly Boge was ninth (20:08), Alyssa Klein 10th (20:16), Audrey Biermann 24th (21:02) and Amelia Klostermann 49th (22:06) to round out the scoring five.

Also running for WD were Leah Digmann 80th (22:53), Isabella Graber 73rd (23:01), Delaney Behning 100th (23:17), Carson Koerperich 122nd (23:58), Olivia Thul 126th (24:04) and Kylie Nauman 137th (24:28).

“I thought we ran well,” coach Mark Digmann said of the girls’ finish. “In looking at the field that we were running against, I was very pleased to be able to put three girls in the top-10 and four in the top-25. Going in, we knew there were seven of the nine teams in our division ranked and we wanted to see where we stacked up against these other teams.”

Ankeny won the girls’ team title with 77 points. Urbandale was second (90), WD third (97), Hempstead fourth (104), Dubuque Senior fifth (106), Cedar Falls sixth (120), Decorah seventh (195), Cedar Rapids Kennedy eighth (203), Waverly-Shell Rock ninth (262), Mason City 10th (272), Dike-New Hartford 11th (279), Hudson 12th (307), Cedar Rapids Washington 13th (356), Aplington-Parkersburg 14th (432), Waterloo 15th (443), Cedar Rapids Jefferson 16th (489), Cedar Rapids Xavier 17th (508) and Grundy Center-Gladbrook-Reinbeck 18th (526).

Digmann is happy with the girls’ progress so far. “I think we’re coming along nicely. Lauren, Lilly and Alyssa are getting the places we need them to get, Audrey is closing the gap to them and the rest of them continue to move their pack closer to the four in front of them.”

Cade Messer led the pack of Bobcats with an 11th-place finish in 16:59. Eli Nauman was 25th (17:27), Derek Fangmann 67th (18:27), Isaiah Hammerand 126th (19:24) and Drew Meyer 104th (19:39) for the scoring five. Also running for WD were Jacob Gottschalk 108th (19:45), Brady Horsfall 116th (155), Caden Coyle 161st (20:04) and Ethan Hoefler 175th (20:22).

“I thought we competed very well,” Digmann said of the boys’ team. “Cade went under 17 minutes and that was good enough for 11th place in the field we were in. Eli ran well coming back from an injury and our young kids continue to get better as the season goes on. We keep getting better each meet and hope this continues.

“Of the nine boys that ran, five of them ran career Prs and another three ran season-best times. Of the 11 girls that ran, we had two and two. Our kids are getting faster and improving, which is all we ask them to do,” Digmann added.

Cedar Falls took home the boys’ team title with 20 points. Southeast Polk was second (115), Ankeny third (130), Urbandale fourth (134), Decorah fifth (165), Cedar Rapids Kennedy sixth (180), Dubuque Senior seventh (201), Waverly-Shell Rock eighth (228), Cedar Rapids Jefferson ninth (264), WD 10th (295), Cedar Rapids Washington 11th (321), Hempstead 12th (336), Mason City 13th (340), Waterloo 14th (359), Grundy Center-Gladbrook-Reinbeck 15th (385), Hudson 16th (424), Valley Lutheran 17th (469), Dike-New Hartford 18th (517), Cedar Rapids Xavier 19th (538) and Aplington-Parkersburg 20th (641).

The Classic didn’t have junior varsity races, so WD sent the non-varsity runners to Dubuque for a meet at the soccer complex on Sept. 16. No team scores were kept, but it gave the runners a chance to compete.

Michael Kemp led WD with a seventh-place finish in the boys’ race in 21:21. Jagger McCool was ninth (22:09), Austin Hagerty 11th (22:20), Will Lopez 15th (22:47), Thomas Blair 17th (23:23), Maddox Bries 21st (25:34), Zain Heiderscheit 22nd (27:05) and Brandon Vaske 24th (31:33).

Macy Simon was the leader for the Bobcat girls placing 14th in 26:39. Carley Mausser was 19th (27:13), Elizabeth Graber 21st (27:25), Natalie Meyers 25th (27:40), Hannah Fangmann 28th (27:53), Emily Deutmeyer 31st (28:13), Claire McGrane 40th (30:41), Maggie Scherbring 41st (31:05), Dicey McCool 45th (37:41), Hannah Wendling 47th (39:12) and Lexi Kramer 50th (48:03).