Carson Nauman races around the course of Cascade.

Despite having late-season injuries, the Cascade boys’ cross country team finished in fourth place at the state-qualifying meet, the Cougars best finish in six years. The highlights of the season were junior Cole Miller and sophomore Adam Knepper qualifying individually for the state meet.

Coach Bob Davidshofer said, “It was our highest finish in six years. We had hope of qualifying for the state meet as we had one of our strongest teams in a long time. However, several of our key runners experienced health problems late in the season which prevented us from reaching our goal.”

The seniors provided great leadership this year. Carson Nauman, a four-year member of the varsity and three-year co-captain, was their third runner throughout the year. His best time was 18:40 at the Western Dubuque Invitational. Unfortunately, he suffered a very painful injury late in the season. Jonah Manternach, a four-year member of the varsity, was a very steady runner and their fourth counter this year on several occasions. His best time was 18:59 at the Western Dubuque Invitational. Vic Kauder, two-year member of the varsity, made great progress during the season. Early in the season he was their seventh runner and improved throughout the season to be their third counter at the conference meet where he set a personal record of 19:08. Dane Bertling, a four-year member of the varsity, was fifth counter at Anamosa in a time of 19:57. Tyler Kaalberg, a two-year varsity member, had his best race at the conference meet where he finished as the fifth counter with a personal record of 19:18.

Both juniors made a great contribution to the team. Miller was the team’s top runner in 11 of 12 meets. He was a member of the All-Conference team as well as an individual state qualifier for the second time. He finished 38th (17:52) at the state meet. Davis Trumm was a new member of the team this year and made good progress during the season and was one of the five counters on several occasions. His best time was 19:39 at the Western Dubuque meet. There were five sophomores on the team this year. Knepper was the top runner at the conference and second counter in 10 other meets. He was also a member of the All-Conference team and a state qualifier. He finished 44th (17:46) at the state meet, a personal record. Max Nadeau, a second-year varsity member, was the fifth counter in three meets. He had health issues during the season and was not able to run in all of the meets. His best time was 19:04 at Tipton.

“We’re looking forward to Nadeau being one of our top runners again next year. Sean Pry, Tyson Hill, Ben Boffeli and Peter Noonan were on the junior varsity squad. We’re hopeful they can fill some of the varsity spots next year. Nathan Manternach, a freshman, also ran on the junior varsity team. Next year for the first time we will have two individual qualifiers back so we’re looking forward to a terrific season,” said coach Davidshofer.