Maquoketa Valley kicked off the cross country season with a pair of meets last week.
The Wildcats opened the week at the Guttenberg Golf Course for the Clayton Ridge Invitational, Sept. 6, where the boys finished second and the girls fifth.
“It was our first meet and we completed well,” coach Pat Meehan said. “It was a good start to the season.”
Matthew Schaul was the lead Wildcat with a fourth-place finish in 18:15. Arion Rave was sixth (18:56), George Livingston seventh (18:57), Toby Grimm 14th (20:32) and Kenyon Baker 22nd (21:24) rounded out the scoring five. Brady Eike finished 23rd (21:27).
Clayton Ridge won the boys’ title at its own meet with 44 points. MV was second (47), Beckman Catholic third (57), Sumner-Fredericksburg fourth (85) and Central Elkader fifth (116).
Taryn Burbridge led the Wildcats with a fifth-place finish in 21:24. Isabel Imler was 11th (23:27), McKenna Busch 37th (27:33), Keely Recker 53rd (30:20) and Allison Hogan 55th (31:00).
Beckman Catholic won the girls’ competition with 28 points. Sumner-Fredericksburg was second (45), Central Elkader third (76), MFL MarMac fourth (111), MV fifth (114) and Clayton Ridge sixth (162).
Audra Burbridge won the middle school girls’ 1.7-mile race in 13:07. Taylor Salow was ninth (16:38), Breanna Busch 10th (16:40), Sellah Ambundo 24th (21:57) and Rylee Reed 29th (24:22). As a team, the Wildcats finished third of four.
MV had just two runners in the boys’ middle school 1.7-mile event. Jayden Schwandt was seventh (16:09) and Owen Smith 14th (18:31).
At the Monticello Invitational, Sept. 10, the Wildcat boys earned a ninth-place team finish in the varsity boys’ competition.
Schaul led the Wildcats’ with a 22nd-place finish (17:41), Livingston was 40th (18:20), Rave 52nd (18:46), Grimm 69th (20:20) and Baker 71st (20:35).
Western Dubuque earned the boys’ team title with 45 points. Tipton was second (88), Monticello third (97), Mid-Prairie fourth (115), Anamosa fifth (131), Bellevue sixth (141), Cascade seventh (142), North Linn eighth (197), Maquoketa Valley ninth (250), Davenport Assumption 10th (262), Beckman 11th (268), Calamus-Wheatland 12th (275) and Camanche 13th (362).
In the varsity girls’ race, Taryn Burbridge placed 16th (20:43) and Imler 38th (22:28).
Busch placed 30th in the junior varsity girls’ race in 26:47, Recker 35th (27:14) and Hogan 45th (28:25).
MV finished sixth in the middle school girls’ competition. Audra Burbridge led the field with a first-place finish in 12:09, well ahead of second-place Addison Merritt, of Springville (12:42). Salow was 19th (14:35), Ambundo 45th (18:08), Breanna Bush 50th (19:43) and Reed 52nd (20:31).
Smith was the lone Wildcat in the middle school boys’ race where he placed 37th (15:28).
“Although our team and individual places were harder to achieve than past years, it did not deter the Wildcat runners from achieving their best times of the year,” Meehan said of the Monticello Invitational.