Cascade opened the cross country season with some strong finishes at the Cedar Rapids Prairie Invitational Aug. 31.

“I thought we ran well in a very strong meet since most of the schools were either 3A or 4A,” veteran coach Bob Davidshofer said. “All of the varsity members improved on their times from last year.”

In the boys varsity race, Cascade placed 10th in the small-school division and 21st overall. Carson Nauman was the Cougars’ leader. He placed 85th overall (26th in the small-school division) with a time of 18:46. Cole Miller was 124th (42nd) in 19:28, Jonah Manternach 146th (58th) in 20:05, Dane Bertling 167th (75th) in 20:48 and Sam Noonan 178th (82nd) in 21:20.

Cedar Rapids Prairie won the overall boys varsity title at its own meet with 58 points. Cedar Falls was second (69), Iowa City West third, (140), Western Dubuque fourth (145), Waukee fifth (161), Linn-Mar sixth (161), Cedar Rapids Kennedy seventh (179), Clear Creek-Amana eighth (190), Marion ninth (212), Cedar Rapids Washington 10th (282), Muscatine 11th (336), Monticello 12th (354), Mount Vernon-Lisbon 13th (383), Mid-Prairie 14th (387), Mason City 15th (451), Solon 16th (466), Davenport Assumption 17th (476), Cedar Rapids Xavier 18th (493), Davenport West 19th (517), Fort Madison 20th (576), Cascade 21st (597) and Anamosa 22nd (638).

In the girls varsity race, the Cougars had just three competitors. Emma Ostwinkle placed 47th overall (19th in the small-school division) in 22:18. Harley Bradtke-Stelken was 114th (50th) in 24:14 and Rachel Rhomberg 122nd (55th) in 24:28.

Maddie Knapp competed in the junior varsity girls field and placed 96th overall (27th in the small-school division) in 27:53.

Three Cougar girls ran in the freshmen/sophomore 4K race. Grace Rhomberg was ninth overall (first in the small-school division) in 18:24. Grace Bower was 44th (eighth) in 20:49 and Lilly Topping 50th (10th) in 21:13.

Cascade’s freshmen/sophomore boys team dominated the competition in the “Orange” small-school division taking first place with 20 points. Mid-Prairie was second (52), Davenport Assumption third (59) and Solon fourth (97). Anamosa, Clear Creek-Amana and West Liberty competed but did not field full teams.

“I was very impressed with our frosh-soph boys winning the Orange Division,” Davidshofer said.

Overall, the Cougars were seventh of 12, defeating both Cedar Rapids Washington and Muscatine from the large-school division.

Adam Knepper was the lead Cougar in the 4K freshmen/sophomore race. He finished 12th overall (first in the small-school division) in 14:55. Max Nadeau was 49th (second) in 16:18; Davis Manternach 55th (third) in 16:33; Tyson Hill 61st (fourth) 16:40 and Sean Pry 89th (11th) in 17:25 rounded out the scoring. Ben Boffeli ran 100th (14th) in 17:42 and Peter Noonan 177th (32nd) 22:14.

The Cougars had just three runners in the junior varsity boys 5K race. Tyler Kaalberg was 58th overall (ninth in the small-school division) in 20:51. Vic Kauder was 69th (14th) in 21:11 and Gavin Foust-Wollenberg 181st (68th) in 24:39.