Eli Naumann, of Western Dubuque, leads the pack at the West Delaware Invitational, Oct. 8.

Western Dubuque’s cross country teams battled in the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet at the Iowa City Kickers Soccer Complex Oct. 10 where the girls came away with a sixth-place finish and the boys ninth.

Lauren Klein was the lead Bobcat in the girls varsity race, placing 14th in 20:02. Elly Burds was 20th (20:32), Audrey Biermann 23rd (20:38), Lilly Boge 24th (20:42) and Macy Simon 87th (23:06) rounded out the counting-five. Mary Schlueter placed 95th (23:27), Caylee Hermsen 96th (23:28), Delaney Behning 98th (23:40), Kylie Nauman 103rd (23:48) and Leah Digmann 109th (24:30).

“The girls are really coming along,” WD coach Mark Digmann glowed. “Lauren was 27th at this meet last year and improved 13 spots to 14. Lilly improved by 64 places to get to 24 and we were able to put Elly and Audrey in between them. Macy was our No. 5 both years and improved by 12 places. For them to be sixth in this conference is something special just because of how tough the MVC is. We were able to beat 3A No. 2 Wahlert, 4A No. 10 Iowa City West, and 4A No. 14 Iowa City Liberty. I think the girls will benefit in the next couple of weeks with getting back into our routine of workouts.”

Dubuque Senior earned the girls varsity team title with 72 points. Linn-Mar was second (78), Iowa City, City High third (114), Cedar Rapids Prairie fourth (118), Hempstead fifth (128), WD sixth (160), Wahlert seventh (164), Iowa City West eighth (177), Iowa City Liberty ninth (196), Cedar Falls 10th (221), Cedar Rapids Washington 11th (320), Cedar Rapids Xavier 12th (364), Cedar Rapids Kennedy 13th (379), Cedar Rapids Jefferson 14th (443) and Waterloo 15th (446).

Cade Messer led WD in the boys varsity race with a 23rd-place finish in 17:17. Eli Naumann was 43rd (17:37), Austin Huberty 50th (17:39), Ben Mulert 58th (17:50) and Trenton Hammerand 61st (17:55) rounded out the counters. Connor Coyle finished 77th (18:15), Matt Gassman 88th (18:27), Eric Monahan 101st (18:42), Kale Cartee 107th (19:03) and Noah Westhoff 110th (19:07).

“I thought we ran OK. We’ve been progressively getting better as the season has gone on and I thought we flattened out a little bit,” Digmann said. “We were expecting a little more, but there were 11 teams, us included, that were either ranked or in the contender’s list. Nobody beat us that we didn’t think could and we beat some teams we thought we could beat. We were hoping for top half and fell just outside of that.

“For whatever reason, I thought the race on Tuesday took more out of the boys than it did the girls. A couple of the boys have been sick, so we also weren’t at full strength in that respect, but we’ve always been able to use our depth to counter that. I think the next couple of weeks will be better, as we will get back into our routine of workouts ahead of our Thursday meets.”

Hempstead took home the boys varsity team title with 47 points. Cedar Falls was second (70), Cedar Rapids Prairie third (104), Iowa City West fourth (116), Iowa City Liberty fifth (142), Linn-Mar sixth (179), Iowa City, City High seventh (192), Cedar Rapids Kennedy eighth (200), WD ninth (228), Wahlert 10th (269), Cedar Rapids Washington 11th (312), Dubuque Senior 12th (323), Cedar Rapids Jefferson 13th (342), Cedar Rapids Xavier 14th (407) and Waterloo 15th (439).

Western Dubuque placed 10th of 11 teams in the boys junior varsity race. Devin Neuhaus led the Bobcats with a 28th-place finish in 19:24. Brice Ronek was 39th (19:56), Jacob Gottschalk 93rd (21:32), Ethan Hoefler 97th (21:38) and Michael Kemp 58th (21:39) rounded out the scoring five.

Also completing the boys JV race were Jack Haverland 99th (21:39), Connor Dolphin 103rd (21:49), Will Lopez 126th (22:44), Levi Burds 147th (23:42), Cody Gadberry 155th (24:31), Tony Lyon 160th (25:24) and Cayle Hermsen 166th (26:15).

The Bobcats finished 13th of 14 teams in the girls junior varsity race. Lexi Lansing was the lead Bobcat with a 50th-place finish in 25:23. Elizabeth Graber was 83rd (26:40), Rachel Krapfl 116th (28:26), Jordan Vontalge 126th (29:03) and Hannah Fangmann 131st (29:25).

Rounding out WD’s finishers were Nicole Gudenkauf 132nd (29:25), Carrie Krapfl 139th (30:58), Libby Freiburger 148th (33:51), Emily Bonert 149th (22:52), Selena Fischer 151st (34:55), Natalie DeMurth 153rd (36:46), Julia Gasper 155th (38:55) and Lexi Kramer 158th (41:38).

In the boys freshmen/sophomore race WD placed 12th of 13 teams. The counting five were Levi Meyer 63rd (20:09), Drew Meyer 70th (20:22), Derek Fangmann 88th (20:40), Brady Horsfall 97th (20:53) and Dylan Schroeder 103rd (21:00).

Additional WD finishers were Caden Coyle 132nd (21:36), Isaiah Hammerand 148th (22:14), Mitchell Gudenkauf 176th (22:58), Jacob Stanner 181st (23:08), Thomas Blair 183rd (23:08), Timmy Horsfall 198th (23:50) and Will Cosley 216th (24:45).

WD had just four runners in the girls freshmen/sophomore race. Natalie Meyers was 41st (25:06), Danielle Ploessl 60th (26:00), Maddy Welbes 65th (26:29) and Nina DeMuth 94th (31:16).