Western Dubuque senior Eli Naumann ran just a bit better with each meet last week. He won the Monticello Invitational, Sept. 11, with a time of 15:50.

“Eli ran pretty well, but he seemed a little tight and said his legs were heavy, which isn’t unusual with our training schedule at this point in the season. He tied the meet record that is held by Michael Melchert, who was a standout at Monticello a few years ago and went on to run at Iowa. For him to get to that level is exciting,” coach Mark Digmann said. “We need him to keep improving and also need him to stay healthy. We’ll get to a point in our training where he’ll get his legs back, but he needs to stay healthy from here on out and he should accomplish big things this fall.”

Isaiah Hammerand sixth (17:13), Levi Meyer 18th (18:05), Drew Meyer 19th (18:07) and Derek Fangmann 22nd (18:15) rounded out the scoring five. Brenden Begle and Brody Staner placed 48th (19:13) and 55th (19:31), respectively.

“I thought everyone ran extremely well,” Digmann said of the boys’ team. “Derek was off a little bit today, but he was out with a cold a couple of days this week. If he runs where he normally runs, we win the meet. Isaiah ran low 17s and Drew and Levi were just over 18. If we keep coming down and get Isaiah and Derek in the mid to upper 16s and Drew and Levi to the mid 17s, we’re going to be very tough.”

Tipton won the boys’ team title with 52 points. Western Dubuque was second (63), Center Point-Urbana third (119), Maquoketa Valley fourth (125), Mid-Prairie fifth (143), Davenport Assumption sixth (155), Monticello seventh (199), Bellevue eighth (202), Anamosa ninth (211), Jesup 10th (245), Cascade 11th (253), North Linn 12th (268), Camanche 13th (344) and Beckman 14th (418).

Alyssa Klein led the WD girls with a third-place finish in 19:39. Lilly Boge 13th (20:12), Isabella Graber 28th (21:21), Leah Digmann 37th (22:13) and Olivia Thul 40th (22:16) rounded out the scoring five. Gabby Kaiser and Haylee DeLong placed 56th (23:28) and 65th (24:41), respectively.

“The top two places in the race are in a world all by themselves (Danielle Hostetler, of Mid-Prairie, 17:56 and Noelle Steines, of Calamus-Wheatland, 18:00). Those two are extremely good runners and we knew going in that those two would go 1-2. Alyssa running third behind them is right where we needed her to be. We ran a little short without Audrey (Biermann) and we were still able to beat all the 3A teams that were at the meet. I thought this gave Isabella, Leah and Olivia the perfect opportunity for us to build some depth and see how good we can be. We still have some work to do, but I am very happy with where we are at this point in the season,” Digmann said.

Mid-Prairie took home the girls’ team title with 60 points. Monticello was second (74), Tipton third (107), Jesup fourth (111), Western Dubuque fifth (116), Center Point-Urbana sixth (136), Davenport Assumption seventh (164), North Linn eighth (190), Beckman ninth (211), Springville 10th (269), Bellevue 11th (291) and Anamosa 12th (336).

The Bobcat junior varsity boys took top honors in the seven-team field. Nathan Williams seventh (19:47), Brady Horsfall ninth (19:49), Preston Kremers 12th (20:11), Jackson Doyle 16th (20:23) and Jagger McCool 18th (20:27) were the counting five. Also racing for WD were Coy Messer 22nd (20:35), Thomas Blair 27th (20:57), Russell Miller 18th (20:58), Austin Hagerty 30th (21:07), Caden Coyle 33rd (21:14), Nathan Casey 55th (22:26), Jimmy Hoover 70th (24:32) and Will Cosley 78th (26:19).

WD’s junior varsity girls placed seventh in the 10-team field. Bella Meyers fifth (22:47), Paige Koetz 21st (24:13), Claire McGrane 59th (27:50), Natalie Meyers 62nd (28:19) and Claire Neuman 63rd (28:23) were the counting five. Also completing the race were Samantha Burds 66th (28:47), Emmy Deutmeyer 75th (29:34) and Cambrie Pitz (33:54).