Led by junior Adam Knepper the Cascade Cougars boys’ cross country team took ninth place among the 14 teams competing in the Bob Brown Cross Country Classic at Regina High School in Iowa City on Wednesday.

Knepper finished with a time of 18:44 to place 28th out of 244 competitors. He was followed by Max Nadeau at 19:39, Davis Trumm 20:24, Lane Cook 20:26, Ben Gehl at 20:29, Giovanni Vega-Vega 27:50, Andrew Kaalberg 23:16, Ei Merfield 23:16, Nathan Manternach 23:29, Trenten Topping 23:41, Sean Pry 24.25, Payton Feldmann 24:56, and Peter Noonan 27:40.

Marion earned the boys’ team title with 49 points. Iowa City Liberty was second (57), Tipton third (87), WD fourth (90), Solon fifth (128), Clear Creek-Amana sixth (148), Iowa City Regina seventh (230), Monticello eighth (245), Cascade ninth (267), Clinton 10th (280), Anamosa 11th (322), Prince of Peace 12th (343), Calamus-Wheatland (383) and Wilton 14th (419).

The Cascade girls do not have enough runners to qualify in the team standings. Nevertheless, they were led individually by Anna Conlin, who finished 70th out of 186 runners with a time of 24:20. She was followed by Lily Topping 26:52, Grace Bower at 27:35 and Delaney Kremer 38:28.

“Anna and Adam are setting the pace for the others to follow in their respective races,” said coach Phil Kauder. “They do a good job getting us out at a pace we can run and have a kick at the end.”

Kauder cited Lilly Topping and Noonan for making big improvements from the prior week’s meet.

“We have two meets next week so we will see some very good competition again and the meets are even bigger as in more teams and more quality teams. It will be good to see how our runners test themselves against these other teams,” Kauder said.