Cascade’s cross country program fared well at the Monticello Invitational Sept 14, where the varsity boys placed 10th and the girls showed marked improvement from earlier in the week.

“I thought everyone ran well and made a substantial improvement over the Tipton meet,” coach Bob Davidshofer said. “The meet was much more competitive than the one at Tipton and we learned a lot from it.”

Cole Miller led Cascade in the boys varsity race with a 38th-place finish (18:16). Adam Knepper finished 41st (18:18), Jonah Manternach 70th (19:45), Dane Bertling 71st (19:52) and Tyler Kaalberg 74th (20:12).

“Dane and Tyler improved their times by over a minute,” Davidshofer said. “Adam made an outstanding debut on the varsity.”

Tipton won the boys team title with 47 points. Western Dubuque was second (56), Center Point-Urbana third (88), Monticello fourth (120), Mid-Prairie fifth (123), Camanche sixth (163), Maquoketa Valley seventh (198), Davenport Assumption eighth (200), Jesup ninth (228), Cascade 10th (291), Anamosa 11th (297), Wilton 12th (321), Clayton Ridge 13th (368), Springville-Central City 14th (398) and Beckman 15th (426).

Emma Ostwinkle was the Cougars’ leader in the varsity girls race. She recorded a 21st-place finish (21:16). Rachel Rhomberg was 48th (23:00) and Harley Bradke-Stelken 57th (23:31).

Freshman Grace Rhomberg raced her way to a first-place finish in the junior varsity girls race in 21:56. Grace Bower was 17th (24:30) and Lilly Topping 32nd (25:50).

“Grace ran very well,” Davidshofer said.

The Cougar JV boys placed fourth of 12 teams. The counting five included Max Nadeau 21st (20:08), Vic Kauder 23rd (20:09), Tyson Hill 28th (20:47), Davis Manternach 31st (20:44) and Sean Pry 55th (21:28). Ben Boffeli and Peter Noonan placed 76th (22:22) and 121st (28:06), respectively.

The Cascade junior high teams kicked off their seasons on Saturday with the girls placing fourth and the boys sixth. Boys teams ran a two-mile course.

“Both teams gave a great effort,” Davidshofer said.

Delaney Kremer led Cascade in the girls junior high race with a 14th-place finish (14:09). Kennedy Simon was 31st (16:00), Ella Nauman 32nd (16:04), Issie Rhomberg 34th (16:38) and Leah Schwenker 37th (16:51).

Payton Feldmann led the boys in the junior high race. He finished 22nd (13:24). Eli Merfeld was 24th (13:28), Nathaniel Manternach 37th (14:35), Trenton Topping 40th (14:54), Riley Koppes 50th (15:31) and Nate Milum 61st (16:53).