Cascade’s cross country teams were back in action Oct. 8 at the West Delaware Invitational at Hart Ridge Golf Course where the varsity girls placed 10th and the boys 11th.

“Due to the cancellation of the Western Dubuque Meet, it was over a week since we had our last competition and I wasn’t sure how well we would run, but it turned out to be our best meet thus far,” veteran coach Bob Davidshofer said. “We had our best total times for our top five runners for both boys and girls teams.”

Emma Ostwinkle led the Cougar girls with a 14th-place finish in 21:31. Grace Rhomberg finished 25th (22:09), Harley Bradtke-Stelken 59th (23:43), Rachel Rhomberg 71st (24:15), Lilly Topping 92nd (25:21) and Maddie Knapp 115th (28:38). Topping recorded a personal-best 5K time by seven seconds.

Western Dubuque won the girls team title with 62 points. Grinnell was second (84), Mount Vernon-Lisbon third (95), Center Point-Urbana fourth (127), Waverly-Shell Rock fifth (142), Cedar Rapids Xavier sixth (156), Tipton seventh (174), Independence eighth (194), Springville-Central City ninth (194), Cascade 10th (231), West Delaware 11th (313), North Fayette Valley 12th (323), Clinton 13th (328), Vinton-Shellsburg 14th (365), Maquoketa 15th (411), Beckman 16th (453) and Oelwein 17th (470).

Cole Miller led Cascade in the boys varsity race with a 34th-place finish in 18:08. Adam Knepper was 36th (18:12), Carson Nauman 60th (18:43, Sam Noonan 85th (19:39), Max Nadeau 90th (19:54), Jonah Manternach 101st (20:18) and Sean Pry 119th (21:37). Knepper and Nadeau both set personal records by 11 and 10 seconds, respectively.

Tipton took top honors in the boys varsity race with 49 points. Western Dubuque was second (56), Center Point-Urbana third (82), Mount Vernon-Lisbon fourth (156), Waverly-Shell Rock fifth (165), West Delaware sixth (167), Grinnell seventh (173), Maquoketa Valley eighth (201), Clinton ninth (206), Cedar Rapids Xavier 10th (252), Cascade 11th (303), Anamosa 12th (318), Vinton-Shellsburg 13th (391), North Fayette Valley 14th (395), Independence 15th (485), Oelwein 16th (487), Edgewood-Colesburg 17th (487), Beckman 18th (549), North Cedar 19th (559) and Maquoketa 20th (625).

“Twelve of our runners had personal records at this meet. The biggest improvement was made by Vic Kauder who improved by over two minutes from the Anamosa meet setting a new record,” Davidshofer said.

In the boys junior varsity race, Cascade placed sixth of 12 teams. Kauder was the top Cougar with a 31st-place finish in 19:46. Tyler Kaalberg was 37th (19:56), Tyson Hill 46th (20:19), Dane Bertling 55th (20:40), Davis Manternach 59th (20:45), Ben Boffeli 99th (21:54), Gavin Foust-Wollenberg 137th (23:33) and Peter Noonan 168th (26:26). Noonan, Kauder, Foust-Wollenberg, Kaalberg and Boffeli ran personal bests by 55, 24, 17, six and one second, respectively.

In the girls seventh-grade race, Ella Nauman was 19th (14:56), Delaney Kramer 20th (14:56), Kennedy Simon 21st (14:57) and Issie Rhomberg 54th (17:21).

Leah Schwenker was 55th in the eighth-grade race in 16:45.

Pacing the Cougars in the boys seventh-grade race were Eli Merfeld 37th (14:18), Trenton Topping 47th (14:53) and Nate Milum 106th (20:03).

Payton Feldmann led Cascade in the boys eighth-grade race with an 11th-place finish in 12:40. Nathan Manternach was 49th (14:18) and Riley Koppes 76th (15:14).

“On the junior high level, Feldmann narrowly missed earning a medal, setting a personal record by 42 seconds,” Davidshofer said. “Others who set personal records include Ella, Kennedy and Leah.”