The West Delaware girls’ cross country team finished fifth at the Williamsburg Invitational, Sept. 28.
The Hawks had three runners finish in the top 30, led by Josie McMahon running 23:31 and finishing 27th. Faith Rich was 28th in 23:47 and Lucy Loecke 29th (24:01). Noelle Bardgett was 31st (24:09) and Abby Kass 36th (24:20). Emily Prier claimed 38th (24:27) and Makayla Gasper 42nd (24:58).
Solon was meet champions with 27 points, while Tipton finished second with 70 and Williamsburg third with 73. Next came Pella (80), West Delaware (149), Danville/New London (177), Lynnville-Sully (187), PCM Monroe (203), Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (258) and North Mahaska New Sharon (303).
JV runners and their times were Brooke Lewin (24:35), Izzy Schmitz (24:38), Emma Hogan (24:50), Grace Millenkamp (24:52), Faith Litterer (25:43), Trudy Loecke (25:44), Claire Ridenour (25:55), Willow Thompson (26:07), Stephanie LaRosa (26:12), Maggie Millenkamp (26:32), Ava Neuhaus (26:32), Maddie Hoeger (26:40), Alexis McTaggart (26:55), Ava Bockenstedt (27:58), Kennedy Klostermann (28:56), Abigail O’Rear (29:14), Keara Emerson (29:24), Sylvie Mersch (29:28), Luca Smith (29:35), Maylin Coates (30:05), Anastasia White (31:51), Maddie Hildebrand (32:50) and Gwen Pasker (33:19).
Coach Ben Moser said it was a good showing by his runners heading into the final stretch of the season.
“I thought we competed as best we could. It was a great opportunity for us to run against some different competition. We competed against some of the top teams in the state and I felt like we had a pretty good showing. Now we head into the home stretch where we hope to see the times drop again. These girls have been working so hard.”