Cascade’s cross country teams gave a great effort on Oct. 6 at the West Delaware Invitational.

The girls have a smaller squad this year but continue to improve with every meet and finished eighth. Emma Ostwinkle was 11th (21:10), Anna Conlin 46th (23.27), Lilly Topping 48th (23:33), Grace Bower 68th (24:32) and Maddie Knapp 91st (27:33).

Ostwinkle bettered her time of last year by 21 seconds and Lilly Topping by over a minute. Conlin and Knapp made the most improvement over the previous meet at Western Dubuque.

Western Dubuque took home the girls’ team title with 58 points, followed by Tipton in second (83), Mount Vernon/Lisbon third (89), Center Point-Urbana fourth (92), Waverly-Shell Rock fifth (107), North Fayette Valley sixth (183), Anamosa seventh (196), Cascade eighth (243), West Delaware ninth (255), Beckman 10th (264), Oelwein 11th (275), Xavier 12th (281), Independence 13th (294) and Vinton-Shellsburg 14th (349).

The varsity boys weren’t quite at full strength. Cole Miller was 22nd (18:00), Adam Knepper 23rd (18:02), Jonah Manternach 68th (19:42), Davis Trumm 71st (19:46), Carson Nauman 76th (19:55), Vic Kauder 80th (20:03) and Dane Bertling 86th (20:14). Miller, Knepper, Manternach and Bertling all improved on their times from last year’s race.

Coach Kauder was pleased with the team’s efforts, “The team finished down a little bit in 11th place but we’re still improving and seeing some good things. We haven’t run our best meet of the year yet and plan on doing so in two weeks at the state qualifier.”

Center Point-Urbana and Tipton were neck and neck in the team race for the boys with CPU taking first (84), Tipton second (87), Mount Vernon/Lisbon third (104), Waverly-Shell Rock fourth (131), West Delaware fifth (147), Western Dubuque sixth (155), Maquoketa Valley seventh (184), North Fayette Valley eighth 216), Anamosa ninth (233), Xavier 10th (234), Cascade 11th (257), Oelwein 12th (318), Vinton Shellsburg 13th (339), Isaac Newton Christian 14th (357), Alburnett 15th (421), Beckman 16th (453) and Independence 17th (489).

Leah Schwenker was the lone runner in the girls’ junior varsity race and finished 99th (34:11). In the boys’ junior varsity race, Tyler Kaalberg finished 42nd (21:02), Sean Pry 90th (22.54), Nate Manternach 96th (23:14), Tyson Hill 107th (23:43) and Peter Noonan 143rd (27:34). The boys’ team took 10th place.

All the members of the junior high team set personal records with Hallie Kelchen finishing in first (12:47), Kennedy Simon 12th (14:21) and Sophie Miller 20th (16:05). Andrew Kaalberg led the boys’ team in 13th (12:57) and Trenton Topping finished 37th (14:27).