Western Dubuque’s cross country teams had a solid showing at the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet at Irv Warren Golf Course/Byrnes Park in Waterloo, Oct. 7 where the varsity girls finished eighth and the boys were ninth overall.
Lilly Boge was the lead Bobcat in the girls’ varsity race, finishing 14th in 19:24. Alyssa Klein 31st
(20:06), Audrey Biermann 34th (20:19), Leah Digmann 44th (20:36) and Isabella Graber 54th (20:55) were the scoring five. Olivia Thul placed 58th (21:15), Bella Meyers 63rd (21:30), Gabby Kaiser 78th (22:11) and Haylee DeLong 98th (23:24).
“We got Audrey and Alyssa back from illness, and they ran well for coming back, but not where they’ll be once they shake their colds,” coach Mark Digmann explained. “Lilly had an outstanding performance with her 14th-place finish and PR time that now ranks her No. 4 all-time. I thought we ran well for coming off Tuesday. We were still able to finish ahead of Wahlert and Xavier, which are the other 3A teams in the field.”
Hempstead took home the girls’ varsity team title with 49 points. Cedar Rapids Prairie was second (78), Linn-Mar third (108), Dubuque Senior fourth (127), Iowa City, City High fifth (133), Iowa City West sixth (133), Iowa City Liberty seventh (160), WD eighth (171), Wahlert ninth (213), Cedar Falls 10th (230), Cedar Rapids Kennedy 11th (246), Cedar Rapids Xavier 12th (399) and Cedar Rapids Jefferson 13th (406).
Eli Naumann led the Bobcats around the course in the boys’ varsity race finishing fourth in 15:40. Isaiah Hammerand 35th (16:56), Brenden Begle 36th (17:29), Derek Fangmann 57th (17:30) and Drew Meyer 69th (17:41) were the scoring five. Levi Meyer was 84th (18:07), Brody Staner 103rd (18:45), Preston Kremers 106th (19:01) and Brady Horsfall 114th (19:35).
“I thought they ran very well, considering the effort they gave on Tuesday at West Delaware,” coach Digmann said of the boys’ team. “Even running with some heavy legs, most were within 30-45 seconds of their PRs, so I think we’ll start to go faster here in the next couple of weeks as we back off them a little bit in practice. We did what we wanted this week — have a good night on Tuesday to see where we were with the competition we’ll have to face at districts and then we did what we could at the conference meet. We were only three points back of Linn-Mar, so there were only ranked 4A teams that finished ahead of us.”
City High won the boys’ varsity title with 58 points. Hempstead was second (59), Cedar Falls third (82), Cedar Rapids Prairie fourth (147), Iowa City Liberty fifth (158), Iowa City West sixth (172), Cedar Rapids Kennedy seventh (182), Linn-Mar eighth (208), WD ninth (211), Waterloo United 10th (312), Dubuque Senior 11th (324), Cedar Rapids Jefferson 12th (326), Wahlert 13th (375), Cedar Rapids Xavier 14th (399) and Cedar Rapids Washington 15th (403).
WD finished 11th of 13 teams in the junior varsity boys’ race. Russell Miller 74th (20:11), Timmy Horsfall 85th (20:36), Thomas Blair 98th (21:01), Caden Coyle 120th (21:43) and Dylan Schroeder 121st
(21:45) were the counting five. Nathan Casey was 132nd (22:23), Zane Heiderscheit 141st (23:14), Jagger McCool 142nd (23:14), Will Cosley 156th (24:42) and Brandon Vaske 171st (26:42).
The Bobcat girls were 14th of 14 teams in the junior varsity competition. Kylie Nauman 33rd (24:27), Samantha Burds 111th (27:52), Maggie Scherbring 113th (27:55), Claire Neumann 132nd (29:37) and Shelby Rice 133rd (29:37) were the scoring five. Natalie Meyers was 134th (29:38).
In the boys’ freshmen/sophomore race, Coy Messer was 93rd (20:26), JT Lucius 103rd (20:42) and Jimmy Hoover 142nd (22:19).
Heading toward the rest of the season, coach Digmann said, “Now we focus on the divisional meet that has six of the eight teams on both the boys’ and girls’ side ranked, including us, and wait to see where we will go for districts.”