Lauren and Alyssa Klein are proving a powerful one-two punch for the Western Dubuque girls’ cross country team. Both earned top-10 finishes at the Jim Boughton Invitational at the Dubuque Soccer Complex, Sept. 24.
Senior Lauren Klein placed seventh and freshman Alyssa Klein was eighth. They recorded identical times of 19:40.4.
“They are really running well right now,” coach Mark Digmann said of the Kleins. “The competition that they have is healthy in that they each have the competitive fire that wants to beat each other, but they are also supportive and congratulatory of each other once the race has ended.”
Rounding out WD’s scoring five were Audrey Biermann 19th (20:48), Amelia Klostermann 33rd (21:46) and Isabella Graber 44th (22:32). Also running for WD were Delaney Behning 49th (22:57), Olivia Thul 50th (23:04), Carson Koerperich 52nd (23:14) and Kylie Nauman 57th (23:51).
“I thought we ran very well last night,” Digmann said of the girls’ team. “Lilly (Boge) has a minor injury right now, so we held her out last night. While we were sixth, we were only 13 points out of third without our No. 3. Amelia and Leah did a great job picking up some of the points that we were going to need, and Lauren, Alyssa, and Audrey finished where we thought they would. We had 19 girls run last night and got seven new PRs and four new season-best times, so we are doing what we need to do to improve.”
Wahlert won the girls’ team title with 51 points. Hempstead was second (69), Dubuque Senior third (94), Cedar Falls fourth (95), Pleasant Valley fifth (101), Western Dubuque sixth (105) and Clinton seventh (179).
Cade Messer led WD in the boys’ varsity competition with a 15th-place finish (16:41). Eli Nauman was 21st (17:05), Derek Fangmann 39th (17:59), Levi Meyer 54th (18:48) and Drew Meyer (59th). Also running were Jacob Gottschalk 51st (19:13), Isaiah Hammerand 65th (19:31), Ethan Hoefler 68h (20:15), Caden Coyle 69th (20:27) and Brady Horsfall 70th (20:45).
“We ran extremely well. For Cade to go in the top-15 with the competition that was there gives us an idea of where he can be at the end of the season, and the same can be said for Eli finishing in the top-20. The next five either set their PR or ran within half a minute of it. We keep improving as the year goes on, which is what we wanted from the beginning. It’s still a young group that’s going through some growing pains, but we’ll get there,” Digmann said.
Cedar Falls took home the boys’ title with 31 points. Hempstead was second (41), Pleasant Valley third (67), Wahlert fourth (146), Western Dubuque fifth (161), Dubuque Senior sixth (162), Waterloo seventh (179) and Clinton eighth (192).
In the JV girls’ division, WD placed seventh of seven teams. Macy Simon finished 50th (26:32), Elizabeth Graber 55th (26:39), Samantha Burds 85th (30:15), Ellie McDermott 98th (34:59) and Lexi Kramer 100th (48:07.
The Bobcat boys didn’t field a complete team in the junior varsity race. Michael Kemp placed 39th (20:41), Will Lopez 58th (21:59) and Ben Soppe 60th (22:07).
WD’s boys placed fifth of six complete teams in the freshmen/sophomore division. Jagger McCoolfinished 44th (21:01), Austin Hagerty 52nd (21:24), Thomas Blair 63rd (21:52), Nathan Casey 83rd (23:53), Zane Heiderscheit 96th (26:28) and Brandon Vaske 99th (29:11).
Four Bobcats competed in the girls’ freshmen/sophomore race. Carley Mausser placed 33rd (27:03), Emmy Deutmeyer 40th (27:53), Claire McGrane 57th (30:40) and Maggie Scherbring 58th (31:09).