From left, Vic Kauder and Jonah Manternach run for Cascade earlier this season.

Cascade got back in cross country action Sept. 12 at the Benton Invitational, which was held at the Williamsburg Sports Complex. The Cougar boys brought home a sixth-place team finish and the girls were eighth.

Emma Ostwinkle continues to be the team leader finishing seventh in the girls’ varsity at 21.12.5. Anna Conlin was 39th (24:15.6), Grace Bower 47th (25:17.9), Lilly Topping 48th (25:31.3) and Maddie Knapp 66th (30:26.0).

Williamsburg took home the girls’ title with 53 points, followed by CR Kennedy (64), Mount Vernon-Lisbon (69), Benton Community (103), Clear Creek-Amana (112), Independence (182), Cedar Rapids Jefferson seventh (184), Cascade eighth (198) and Vinton-Shellsburg ninth (231).

Junior Cole Miller led the boys’ team finishing 19th at 18:13.8 with sophomore Adam Knepper 20th at 18:17.4. Also scoring for the Cougars were Carson Nauman 26th (18:44.3), Jonah Manternach 40th (19:22.3) and junior Davis Trumm 53rd (20:17.0). Sophomore Max Nadeau crossed 60th (20:42.7) and Vic Kauder 61st (20:51.8).

Mount Vernon-Lisbon took home the boys’ team title with 50 points. CCA was second (72), Cedar Rapids Kennedy third (84), Cedar Rapids Jefferson fourth (96), Williamsburg fifth (99), Cascade sixth (157), Benton Community seventh (169), Waterloo Columbus eighth (244), Vinton-Shellsburg ninth (260), Isaac Newton Christian Academy 10th (275) and Independence 11th (296).

Overall, coach Bob Davidshofer was very pleased with how both teams competed. “Both varsity teams continued to improve and had their best total running times for the top five counters. Davis Trumm, Jonah Manternach and Adam Knepper made the most improvement from the last meet.”

He also wanted to point out that he has been very happy seeing the number of parents and family members coming out to support the teams each week.

Freshman Leah Schwenker continues to have a good season running on the girls’ JV team. She finished 32nd with a time of 34:13.

Senior Dane Bertling led the boys’ JV runners finishing 35th (21:16) followed by Ben Boffeli 53rd (22:22), Tyson Hill 68th (23:28), Nate Manternach 80th (25:12) and Peter Noonan 94th (28:19).