A pair of top-10 finishes led Western Dubuque at the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Mississippi Divisional Meet at Cedar Falls, Oct. 15.
Lauren Klein earned a fifth-place finish in the girls’ varsity race with a time of 19:33 and Alyssa Klein was seventh (19:41). Also counting for WD were Elly Burds 22nd (20:19), Audrey Biermann 24th (20:27) and Leah Digmann 39th (21:33). Also running the race were Amelia Klostermann 46th (21:54), Delaney Behning 52nd (22:25), Isabella Graber 54th (22:35), Carson Koerperich 58th (23:01) and Kylie Nauman 66th (24:22).
“I thought we did very well,” coach Mark Digmann said of the girls’ finish. “Lauren and Alyssa made first-team all-conference with their fifth and seventh-place finishes. Elly and Audrey ran well, Leah ran a second off her PR to finish fifth for us and Amelia was not far behind. Isabella ran well through an injury and Delaney rounded out our top seven with a PR by 11 seconds. We are starting to come together.”
Linn-Mar took home the girls’ team title with 42 points. Iowa City Liberty was second (72), Wahlert third (84), WD fourth (96), Cedar Rapids Prairie fifth (102), Cedar Falls sixth (116), Iowa City, City High seventh (145) and Cedar Rapids Washington eighth (242).
WD placed eighth in the boys’ varsity race. Cade Messer led the Bobcats with a 15th-place finish in 17:04. Eli Naumann was 19th (17:13), Isaiah Hammerand 47th (18:19), Drew Meyer 57th (19:04) and Levi Meyer 59th (19:13). Also running in the race were Jacob Gottschalk 63rd (19:57), Caden Coyle 64th (19:58) and Ethan Hoefler (19:58.1).
“I thought we actually competed very well,” Digmann said. “Derek (Fangmann) pulled out of the race about three-fourths of the way through with a calf injury that we hope will be taken care of in the next week. Cade was 15th and Eli 19th in an extremely tough field and made second-team all-conference, with the bulk of the top kids coming from Cedar Falls, Liberty, and Prairie, who should all qualify and do well at state. Isaiah ran a PR and helped pick up some of the slack and was followed by Drew and Levi Meyer. If we have Derek’s spot, we finish either right ahead of Wahlert for fifth or just behind for sixth. It was a great race right before districts.”
Cedar Falls earned the boys’ title with 20 points. Iowa City Liberty was second (58), Cedar Rapids Prairie third (71), Iowa City, City High fourth (122), Wahlert fifth (153), Linn-Mar sixth (164), Cedar Rapids Washington seventh (166) and WD eighth.
Ben Soppe led WD in the boys’ junior varsity race finishing 64th (21:23). Michael Kemp was 66th (21:30) and William Lopez 78th (22:48).
In the boys’ sophomore race, WD placed seventh of seven. Jagger McCool was 67th (21:12), Thomas Blair 72nd (21:27), Austin Huberty 93rd (22:18), Nathan Casey 110th (23:36), Zane Heiderscheit 114th (23:53) and Sam Krapfl 121st (25:14).
WD finished seventh of seven complete teams in the girls’ junior varsity race. Macy Simon placed 30th (24:44), Maci Wessels 48th (26:07), Elizabeth Graber 53rd (26:19), Natalie Meyers 60th (26:56), Samantha Burds 68th (28:03) and Hannah Fangmann 71st (28:27).
The Bobcat girls were fifth of five in the sophomore race. Carley Mausser led the Bobcats with a 24th-place finish in 25:21. Maggie Scherbring was 30th (25:53), Emily Deutmeyer 37th (26:59), Claire McGrane 45th (28:06), Hannah Wendling 53rd (33:54) and Lexi Kramer 56th (45:02).