Western Dubuque’s girls cross country team came up big at their home meet placing second behind Class 3A’s top-ranked Wahlert. The Golden Eagles scored 38 points, while the unranked Bobcats tallied 44.
Decorah finished third (97), Monticello fourth (124), Cedar Rapids Kennedy fifth (127), Cedar Rapids Prairie sixth (130), Cascade seventh (234), Beckman eighth (260), Independence ninth (267), West Delaware 10th (271), Maquoketa 11th (281) and Central DeWitt 12th (282).
WD’s scoring five all placed within the top-17. Alyssa Klein was fourth (19:35), Lauren Klein fifth (19:58), Elly Burds eighth (20:22), Audrey Biermann 10th (20:27) and Amelia Klostermann 17th (21:12). Also running for the Bobcats were Leah Digmann 18th (21:32), Isabella Graber 32nd (22:09), Olivia Thul 33rd (22:10), Carson Koerperich 44th (22:59) and Delaney Behning 54th (23:20).
“I think our girls continue to show our potential,” coach Mark Digmann said. “We were able to get Elly back from injury for her first race of the season and she ran well. We ran again without Lilly, but we hope to have her back in time for conference. If we get to the point where we are running our top-seven kids all at once, we have the potential to be a pretty dangerous team heading into the end of the season.”
WD finished fifth in the boys’ varsity division.
Cade Messer led the Bobcat boys with a seventh-place finish in 17:10. Eli Nauman was eighth (17:22), Derek Fangmann 26th (17:59), Levi Meyer 47th (18:48) and Isaiah Hammerand 50th (18:52). Also representing WD were Drew Meyer 53rd (18:55), Caden Coyle 67th (19:35), Ethan Hoefler 71st (19:43), Brady Horsfall 74th (19:52) and Jacob Gottschalk 76th (19:58).
“I thought we ran pretty well,” Digmann said. “There were a lot of solid boys’ teams in our meet and we are young and continue to get better. Cade and Eli continue to run well upfront and the rest of them are really coming along, as six of our next seven finishers ran PRs last night.”
Decorah won the boys’ team title with 41 points. Cedar Rapids Kennedy was second (76), Monticello third (92), Wahlert fourth (110), WD fifth (126), West Delaware sixth (137), Cedar Rapids Prairie seventh (165), Cascade eighth (173), Central DeWitt ninth (277), Independence 10th (313), Beckman 11th (342) and Maquoketa 12th (372).
The Bobcats placed eighth of nine teams in the junior varsity boys’ division. Thomas Blair led WD with a 45th-place finish in 21:09. Austin Hagerty was 54th (21:30), Ben Soppe 61st (21:57), Will Lopez 64th (22:12), Nathan Casey 79th (23:10), Zane Heiderscheit 91st (24:18), Brandon Vaske 101st (28:23).
In the junior varsity girls’ race, WD finished sixth of six. Kylie Nauman led the charge with a 22nd-place finish in 24:00. Macy Simon was 31st (24:57), Elizabeth Graber 51st (26:22), Carley Mausser 52nd (26:23), Maggie Scherbring 55th (26:35), Maci Wessels 57th (26:38), Emmy Deutmeyer 58th (26:43), Hannah Fangmann 62nd (27:09, Samantha Burds 73rd (28:24), Claire McGrane 74th (28:35), Ella Fangmann 80th (31:43), Hannah Wendling 83rd (33:07) and Lexi Kramer 84th (44:34).
Digmann was pleased with how well the home meet was run once again this year.
“We want to thank all of the teachers and retirees that worked at the meet, along with our current administration. The support that we get from these people year in and year out is something that our staff appreciates very much. Our kids are able to showcase their talents and show what their hard work in practice is doing to our home fans as a result of having a home meet, which we would never be able to pull off without the help of all these people,” he said.