A first-place finish by the senior boys led Western Dubuque at the Dick Pollitt Go-Hawk Cross Country Classic at the Wartburg Max Course in Waverly, Sept. 6.
This meet has a unique format with races for juniors/seniors and freshmen/sophomores with separate standings announced for each grade and gender.
“I like this meet because our kids get a chance to race against other kids in their own grade level. I wish they included an overall score with the two races (ninth/10th and 11th/12th) combined just to see where we are compared to some of these other teams, but we can usually have a pretty good idea what teams have after the races are completed,” coach Mark Digmann said.
Isaiah Hammerand raced to first in the boys’ junior/senior race with a time of 15:56. Derek Fangmann was third (16:59), Drew Meyer seventh (17:26), Levi Meyer 19th (17:50), Thomas Blair 61st (19:59), Jackson Doyle 85th (21:24) and Brandon Vaske 135th (25:10).
“The senior boys ran extremely well,” Digmann said. “We ran six seniors and four of them broke PR times. Isaiah ran faster than Eli (Naumann) did at this meet last year and his time moved him into third all-time, Derek broke the 17-minute goal and Drew and Thomas looked really good too.
“Of the 15 (boys) we ran, 11 of them broke their PR They did a great job.”
Western Dubuque earned top honors in the boys’ senior race with nine points. Waverly-Shell Rock was second (28), Denver third (31), Waukon fourth (32), Mason City fifth (53), Decorah sixth (53 on the fourth-runner tie breaker), Hudson seventh (76), GCGR-Grundy Center eighth (77), Aplington-Parkersburg ninth (84), Webster City 10th (112), West Delaware 11th (116) and Independence 12th (122).
Waukon took first in the boys’ junior race with 18 points. Center Point-Urbana was second (33), Decorah third (37), Denver fourth (39), West Delaware fifth (39 on the fourth-runner tie breaker), GCGR-Grundy Center sixth (45), Hudson seventh (66), Mason City eighth (86) and Independence ninth (106). WD did not have enough runners for a team score.
Quintin Nauman led the pack in the freshmen/sophomore boys’ race placing first in 17:07. Brody Staner was 21st (19:19), Coy Messer 31st (20:06), Preston Kremers 37th (20:21), Kolt Pace 49th (21:01), Grant Gauley 125th (26:42), Jake Boge 129th (27:05) and Brayden Eberling 132nd (27:37).
Center Point-Urbana took the boys’ freshmen title with 18 points. Decorah was second (22), Waukon third (60), Webster City fourth (62), Crestwood fifth (64), Western Dubuque sixth (68), Waverly-Shell Rock seventh (72), Denver eighth (73). Nashua-Plainfield ninth (81), GCGR-Grundy Center 10th (91), West Delaware 11th (100), Wapsie Valley 1th (114) and Mason City 13th (137).
It was Decorah that earned the boys’ sophomore title with 13 points. Waukon was second (25), Denver third (27), West Delaware fourth (37), Western Dubuque fifth (53), GCGR-Grundy Center sixth (66), New Hampton seventh (71), Independence eighth (79), Waverly-Shell Rock ninth (82), Center Point-Urbana 10th (82) and Waterloo east 11th (131).
The top finish for the girls was in the junior competition where the Bobcats were sixth. WD did not have a complete team in the senior race.
Alyssa Klein led the Bobcats in the girls’ junior/senior race with a fourth-place finish in 20:34. Olivia Thul was 22nd (22:41), Carson Koerperich 32nd (23:47), Kylie Nauman 66th (26:05) and Claire McGrane 88th (27:17).
“I thought we ran and competed well,” Digmann said of the girls’ finish. “We only ran 11 girls at the meet, but of those 11, nine had season-best times and three others had career personal-best times. I don’t know that any of their performances surprised me in the sense that I thought they were capable of what they ran, but I was surprised that we had so many of these performances on the same night.”
In the junior girls’ race, Waverly-Shell Rock finished first (17), Decorah second (29), Waukon third (36), Crestwood fourth (48), West Delaware fifth (48, on fourth-runner tie breaker), Western Dubuque sixth (50), Denver seventh (63), Aplington-Parkersburg eighth (77) and Nashua-Plainfield ninth (91).
Denver took first in the senior girls’ field with 29 points. Decorah was second (30), West Delaware third (33), Wapsie Valley fourth (40), Aplington-Parkersburg fifth (42), Crestwood sixth (54), New Hampton seventh (56), Waverly-Shell Rock eighth (58) and Independence ninth (90).
WD’s sophomore girls placed eighth, but the Bobcats didn’t have enough freshmen for a team score.
Bella Meyers was the Bobcats’ lead runner with a 33rd-place finish in 24:08. Paige Koetz was 72nd (27:06), Cecelia Smith 103rd (29:48), Julia Adamson 105th (30:12), Rachel Castro 106th (30:57) and Cambrie Pitz 114th (35:00).
Hudson won the freshmen race with 23 points. GCGR-Grundy Center was second (23 on fourth-runner tie breaker), Decorah third (26), Denver fourth (37), Center Point-Urbana fifth (42), Waverly-Shell Rock sixth (42 on fourth-runner tie breaker), Clarksville seventh (76), Wapsie Valley eighth (81) and West Delaware ninth (83).
In the sophomore standings, Denver was first (13), Mason City second (26), Decorah third (28), Center Point-Urbana fourth (41), Waverly-Shell Rock fifth (55), Crestwood sixth (61), West Delaware seventh (74), Western Dubuque eighth (82), Hudson ninth (99), Aplington-Parkersburg 10th (101), Webster City 11th (120) and GCGR-Grundy Center 12th (137).