Western Dubuque Senior Eli Naumann finished second for the first time this season at the Jim Boughton Invitational at the Dubuque Soccer Complex, Sept. 23. That second-place finish was in a season and personal-best time of 15:30, which put him right behind winner Derek Leicht, of Hempstead (15:25). Naumann is currently second on WD’s all-time 5K list with that clocking. First on the list is Ben Grant, who ran 15:29 to win the Class 3A state title in 2003.
“Eli had a great race. Derek is very good and currently ranked No.1 in 4A. He ran with him and competed and just missed our school record of 15:29. It was back and forth the whole way until the last hill,” WD coach Mark Digmann said.
Isaiah Hammerand 15th (16:49), Derek Fangmann 25th (17:11), Brenden Begle 37th (17:39) and Drew Meyer 38th (17:40) teamed up with Naumann to take fourth overall. Levi Meyer placed 40th (17:40), Nathan Williams 53rd (18:17), Brody Staner 61st (18:30), Caden Coyle 76th (19:23) and Brady Horsfall 77th (19:31).
“We continue to compete well. We got out a lot better than we did at Cedar Falls and raced well. The only teams to beat us are tough 4A teams, so I was happy with the performance,” Digmann said.
Hempstead took the team title with 43 points. Cedar Falls was second (56), Pleasant Valley third (60), WD fourth (109), North Scott fifth (11), Dubuque Senior sixth (165), Waterloo seventh (2045), Wahlert eighth (212) and Iowa City Liberty ninth (253).
Alyssa Klein led the Bobcats around the course with an eighth-place time of 19:11 in the varsity girls’ race. Lilly Boge was 15th (19:37), Audrey Biermann 22nd (19:46), Leah Digmann 38th (20:35) and Isabelle Garber 46th (21:09) rounded out the scoring five. With five runners in, WD tied with Iowa City City High and the tie was broken with the sixth-runner score. Bella Meyers was the tie breaker with a time of 21:58 (57th place). City High’s sixth runner finished in 20:53. Gabby Kaiser placed 62nd (22:20), Olivia Thul 63rd (22:24) and Haylee DeLong 71st (23:28).
“We ran very well. We tied the No. 12 4A team and beat a couple of ranked 4A teams. I thought Lilly going in the top-15 and Alyssa going in the top-10 was a great way to get them to start coming in and the solid places continued from there,” Digmann said.
Pleasant Valley won the girls’ varsity title with 45 points. Hempstead was second (48), Dubuque Senior third (105), City High fourth (119), WD fifth (119), North Scott sixth (120), Cedar Falls seventh (172), Wahlert eighth (177) and Waterloo West ninth (285).
The Bobcats finished sixth of eight complete teams in the junior varsity boys’ race. Dylan Schroeder 22nd (19:50), Jagger McCool 36th (20:25), Russell Miller 38th (20:34), Timmy Horsfall 43rd (21:02) and Zane Heiderscheit 46th (21:09) were the scoring five. Also completing the race were Thomas Blair 54th (21:40), Nathan Casey 59th (22:00) and Will Cosley 74th (23:35).
In the junior varsity girls’ race, WD placed seventh of nine complete teams. Natalie Meyers led the Bobcats with a 61st-place finish in 27:00. Shelby Rice was 62nd (27:02), Claire Neuman 63rd (27:03), Samantha Burds 65th (27:06) and Ellie McDermott 91st (32:29).
WD placed eighth of 10 teams in the boys’ freshmen/sophomore race. Preston Kremers 32nd (19:29), Coy Messer 64th (20:24), Tyler Badtke 77th (20:42), JT Jucious 83rd (20:59) and Austin Hagerty 92nd (21:20) were the counting five. Also running were Jimmy Hoover 103rd (22:08) and Brandon Vaske 135th (26:05).
In the girls’ freshmen/sophomore race, Claire McGrane placed 60th (27:53).
Overall, Digmann was impressed with the way his Bobcats ran. “We ran 25 boys and had 22 PRs and one season-best time. The two that didn’t are coming off injury. We also ran 15 girls and had 12 PRs, one season-best time, and the two that didn’t — one lost a shoe and the other was three seconds off her PR. It was a good night for everyone.”