Emma Ostwinkle had a great day at the Class 1A State-Qualifying Cross Country Meet at the Kickers Soccer Complex in Iowa City Oct. 24. The Cascade junior ran to a third-place finish to earn an individual berth into the Class 1A State Meet at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge Saturday, Nov. 2.
“The top performance of the day was turned in by Emma who placed third individually and qualified for the state meet at Fort Dodge on Nov. 2. It was more difficult qualifying individually this year with 29 schools at the meet,” coach Bob Davidshofer said.
Annalee Bartles, of Regina, won the individual title with a time of 20:48. Pekin’s Lauren Derscheid was second (20:50) and Ostwinkle third (21:04).
Also included in Cascade’s team score were Grace Rhomberg 22nd (2:26), Harley Bradtke 33rd (23:02), Rachel Rhomberg 38th (23:36) and Lilly Topping 62nd (25:08). Grace Bower and Maddie Knapp were 74th (26:14) and 90th (27:28), respectively.
“I was extremely satisfied with our times at the meet as we had our best team performances of the year for both squads,” Davidshofer said.
“Top performers for the girls were Harley improving her time by 65 seconds, Grace by 36, Emma by 23 and Rachel by nine seconds. Lilly again ran a good race as well as Grace and Maddie,” he added.
Iowa City Regina won the girls team title with 60 points. Pekin was second (89) and Prince of Peace third (117) for the state-qualifying spots.
Central Elkader finished fourth (134), Cascade fifth (148), Bellevue Marquette sixth (185), Maquoketa Valley seventh (207), North Cedar eighth (212), Hillcrest Academy ninth (233), Highland 10th (237), Mediapolis 11th (246), Wapello 12th (272), Durant 13th (291) and Wilton 14th (301).
Cole Miller led the Cascade boys with a 26th-place finish (18:25). Carson Nauman was 34th (19:00), Adam Knepper 36th (19:03), Max Nadeau 44th (19:19) and Jonah Manternach 45th (19:26). Sam Noonan and Vic Kauder placed 55th (19:47) and 81st (2:32), respectively.
“It was the highest finish for the boys’ team in five years with Jonah improving his time on the same course a week ago by 64 seconds, Max by 53, Sam by 26, Cole by 19 and Carson by 12 seconds,” Davidshofer said.
“Freshmen Adam and Max continued to be part of our top five counters as they were at the conference meet. Max set a personal record at the event,” he added.
Calamus-Wheatland (51), Pekin (75) and Maquoketa Valley (87) earned the state-qualifying spots in the boys race.
Iowa City Regina placed fourth (136), Cascade fifth (169), Wapello sixth (190), Wilton seventh (230), Columbus Community eighth (279), Winfield-Mt. Union ninth (294), Alburnett 10th (321), Holy Trinity Catholic 11th (349), Van Buren 12th (352), Central Elkader 13th (363), Durant 14th (395) Rivermont Collegiate 15th (405), Easton Valley 16th (412), Lone Tree 17th (447), Mediapolis 18th (452), North Cedar 19th (464), Midland 20th (472), Hillcrest Academy 21st (481), Bellevue Marquette 22nd (598) and Highland 23rd (611).