Adam Knepper led the way for the Cascade varsity boys at the Monticello Invitational, Sept. 11, finishing 14th with a time of 17:57. He was followed by Max Nadeau 43rd (19:07), Davis Trumm 57th (19:35), Lane Cook 59th (19:39), Nathaniel Manternach 91st (21:53), Trenten Topping 92nd (22:01), and Andrew Kaalberg 95th (22:29).

The girls’ varsity team was again led by Anna Conlin who finished 53rd in 23:15. She was followed by Grace Bower in 71st (25:51) and Lily Topping in 75th (26:08).

Among those running season-best times were Topping and Knepper. Varsity runners Trumm, Nadeau, Cook, Manternach, Trenten Topping and Kaalberg all ran personal bests.

Coach Phil Kauder was happy with the effort and results.

Kauper stated, “This was a very high-quality meet. We were happy to get this kind of effort on this morning in Monticello. As a team, we are going in the right direction. The chemistry and good work ethic of this group is showing and we are proud of the effort they are giving.”

Tipton took the team top spot in the boys’ varsity competition with 52 points. Western Dubuque was second (63), Center Point-Urbana third (119), Maquoketa Valley fourth (125), Mid-Prairie fifth (143), Davenport Assumption sixth (155), Monticello seventh (199), Bellevue eighth (202), Anamosa ninth (211), Jesup 10th (245), Cascade 11th (253), North Linn 12th (268), Camanche 13th (344) and Beckman 14th (418).

Earlier in the week, the Cougars participated in the 48th annual Tipton Cross Country Invitational. The boys’ varsity finished fourth in the 12-team competition with 134 points.

Solon finished first with 34 points, Tipton was second (44), Iowa City Regina third (110), Bellevue fifth behind Cascade (140), Anamosa sixth (150), Central DeWitt seventh (175), Northeast eighth (185), Camanche ninth ((224), Midland 10th (310), Louisa-Muscatine 11th (314), and Wilton 12th (334).

Knepper led the Cougars with an 11th-place finish in a time of 19:01. Nadeau finished 22nd (19:54), Ben Gehl 29th (20:34), Cook 35th (20:56), Trumm 40th (21:06), Kaalberg 63rd (22:58), and Giovanni Vega-Vega 70th (24:29).

The Cougars did not field enough girls to score as a team but were represented well by Lily Topping and Bower who both finished at 28:40 taking 50th and 51st respectively.