Western Dubuque’s girls’ cross country team placed second in the Bob Brown Classic in Iowa City, Sept. 3. The race was run in a unique format where two varsity races were held and then all of the times were put together for an overall score.

Iowa City Liberty won the meet with 35 points, WD was second (87), Solon third (97), Mount Vernon-Lisbon fourth (131), Tipton fifth (131), Monticello sixth (180), Iowa City Regina seventh (207), Marion eighth (209), Clear Creek-Amana ninth (228), Clinton Prince of Peace 10th (259), Anamosa 11th (319), Wilton 12th (332), Cascade 13th (333) and North Cedar 14th (342).

WD was the only team that ran in Group A that finished in the top-seven. According to WD Coach Mark Digmann, Group A ran at 4 p.m. in strong winds. When Group B ran at 5:30 p.m. the winds were somewhat diminished.

Freshman Alyssa Klein, who ran to a first-place finish in her group, finished third overall in 20:46. Lauren Klein placed fourth (20:56), Lily Boge sixth (21:01), Audrey Bierman 31st (23:05) and Leah Digmann 50th (24:01) for the counting five. Amelia Klostermann finished 53rd (24:07), Kylie Nauman 58th (24:18), Isabella Graber 64th (24:30), Delaney Behning 70th (24:50) and Carson Koerperich 72nd (24:58).

“I thought the girls ran well and competed with who we had in our division,” Digmann said. “We had the top three places and they were 15 seconds apart which is nice to see.

“Audrey is coming along well, but may take another week or so to get back to where she should be. I thought Leah ran well and led the rest of our group where she was our No. 5 and our No. 10 time was less than a minute behind her. We have two groups right now that are packed up nicely — we just need to get the second pack a little closer to the first pack and we’ll be fine.”

Iowa City Liberty took home the boys’ team title with 30 points. Mount Vernon-Lisbon was second (125), Tipton third (125), Solon fourth (126), Marion fifth (130), Monticello sixth (135), Clear Creek-Amana seventh (167), WD eighth (217), Cascade ninth (233), Calamus-Wheatland 10th (269), Iowa City Regina 11th (318), Anamosa 12th (346), Wilton 13th (374), North Cedar 14th (421).

Marion was the top team from Group A that ran under windy conditions. The Indians finished fifth.

WD’s Cade Messer raced to second place in the Group A race and was fifth overall in 17:24. Derek Fangmann placed 31st (18:51), Levi Meyer 65th (19:43), Isaiah Hammerand 93rd (20:35) and Drew Meyer 104th (20:45) for the counting five. Brady Horsfall was 106th (20:53), Jacob Gottschalk 124th (21:24), Caden Coyle 134th (21:36) and Ethan Hoefler 139th (21:41).

Digmann said, “I thought the boys competed very well. Cade competed for the lead until about the last quarter mile or so when the Cal-Wheat runner separated.

“Derek ran in the top 10 of our division. We had two minutes that separated our 2-7, so we need to pack up a little more. We picked up a little more varsity level experience, which we need right now so they understand how hard they need to go. We’ll continue to get better as the year goes on,” he added.

Since no junior varsity races were held at the Bob Brown Classic, the Bobcats also competed at the Dubuque Soccer Complex on the same day.

In the boys’ junior varsity race, WD placed sixth of six teams. Michael Kemp led the way, finishing in 21:17. Will Lopez recorded a time of 22:51 and Connor Dolphin 23:23.

Jagger McCool led the Bobcats with a time of 22:09 in the freshmen/sophomore boys race. Austin Hagerty finished in 22:10, Thomas Blair 23:36, Maddox Bries 24:58 and Brandon Vaske 31:57.

WD placed third of four teams in the junior varsity girls’ race. Hannah Fangmann led the way with a time of 26:37. Elizabeth Graber finished in 27:12, Shelby Rice 27:20, Natalie Meyers 28:04, Sammy Recker 29:39, Maci Wessels 30:27 and Sam Burds 30:28.

Olivia Thul led the freshmen/sophomore girls with a time of 24:31. Emily Deutmeyer finished in 27:23, Carley Mausser 27:53, Maggie Scherbring 30:35 and Lillie Abitz 34:29.