With Nathan Goranson clocking in with a sub 18-minute effort, and 10 runners setting personal records, the West Delaware Hawks took seventh place at the Oelwein Invitational at Hickory Grove Golf Course Sept. 3.
Goranson ran 17:47, good for an 11th-place finish. Andrew Salas finished 31st with his time of 18:30. Matthew Mensen claimed 48th (19:25), Jacob Wenger 50th (19:48) and Jesse Thurn 52nd (19:56). Nicholas Stocks finished 68th in 21:02, while Nolan Mensen’s 21:23 effort was good for 74th.
In the team race, Decorah won with 44 points, edging out runner-up Waverly-Shell Rock with 47. Next came Center Point-Urbana (75), North Fayette Valley (122), Denver (128), Jesup (145), West Delaware (192), Union (221), Sumner-Fredricksburg (235), Oelwein (279), Ed-Co (290), Don Bosco (357), Beckman (381) and Wapsie Valley (416).
In the JV race, West Delaware finished 10th, led by Landon Powers, who finished 38th in 21:33, just ahead of Bentley Fletcher, who came in at 21:35, good for 40th. Ethan Hoefer was 48th (21:52), while Cruz Timmerman took 51st (21:57). Blake Cook was next, finishing in 22:23 and taking 57th. Evan Woods took 68th (22:45), while Brady Moulds finished 69th (22:47).
Other West Delaware runners were Kasey Fisher (22:49), Cason Less (24:38) and PJ Recker (24:55).
Decorah won the JV team title with 15 points, outdistancing second-place Denver (76) and North Linn (111). Next came Jesup (169), Center Point-Urbana (177), Central Elkader (192), Waverly-Shell Rock (193), Dunkerton (196), Waukon (227), West Delaware (234), North Fayette Valley (269), Waterloo Columbus (289), Tripoli (333), Union (361) and Sumner-Fredricksburg (442).
Head Coach Dale Meyer commented on his team’s effort. “This is typically a fast course for us and this year was no exception. We had 10 guys run career personal records including senior, Nathan Goranson, who broke the 18-minute mark for the first time in his career. The guys continue to improve. I can’t wait to see where they end the season if they improve this much from week to week.”