Running in the Dick Pollitt Go-Hawk Classic at Waverly, Sept. 7, the West Delaware girls’ cross country team found itself split into two race divisions. The format of the meet places junior and seniors in one race, with freshmen and sophomores in another.
In the junior/senior grade race, West Delaware finished eighth with 182 points.
Faith Rich finished 33rd in 23:50 to lead the Hawks. Makayla Gasper came in 38th in 24:00. She was followed by Grace Millenkamp 44th (24:22), Emily Prier 45th (24:25), Brooke Lewin 51st (24:48), Claire Ridenour 57th (25:13), Willow Thompson 59th (25:21), Ava Neuhaus 66th (25:48), Maddie Hoeger 75th (26:04), Alexis McTaggart 87th (26:45), Keara Emerson 98th (27:57), Sylvie Mersch 102nd (28:27), Kennedy Klostermann 123rd (29:49), Jenna Funke 126th (30:00) and Anastasia White 133rd (31:00).
Western Dubuque scored 58 points to take the team title. Decorah was second with 116 and Center Point-Urbana third with 123, edging out Jesup with 124. Next came Denver (137), Crestwood, Cresco (157), Hudson (171), West Delaware, Aplington-Parkersburg (217), Waverly-Shell Rock (273), Webster City (292), GCGR, Grundy Center (298), Independence (318) and Mason City (348).
In the freshmen/sophomore race, West Delaware scored 219 points, placing 10th. Leading the way for the Hawks was Josie McMahon’s 27th place finish in 23:37. Noelle Bardgett finished 50th (25:15), while Abby Kass was 52nd (25:24), Izzy Schmitz 57th (25:38), Emma Hogan 69th (26:16), Taylor Domeyer 71st (26:20), Stephanie LaRosa 73rd (26:24), Maggie Millenkamp 78th (26:50), Abigail O’Rear 109th (29:17), Luca Smith 111th (29:24), Ava Bockenstedt 117th (30:10), Maylin Coates 119th (30:24), Gwen Pasker 134th (33:30), Maddie Hildebrand 137th (34:03) and Audrey Jolley 145th (37:10).
Winning the freshmen/sophomore race was Denver with 63. They were followed by Center Point-Urbana (80), Waverly-Shell Rock (84), Decorah (145), Mason City (154), Crestwood, Cresco (205), Jesup (206), Hudson (206), Nashua-Plainfield (212), West Delaware, Aplington-Parkersburg (238) and Waukon (241).
Coach Ben Moser said his team reacted well to the different format. “I was really proud of their effort. The race is unique and takes some of the girls out of their comfort zones as they are used to training with a specific group of girls. The girls’ approach in both races was spot on. We had 18 season bests and one career PR. The girls have been working hard and we are leaps and bounds ahead of where we were a year ago.”