With senior Cael Meyer leading the way, the West Delaware boys’ cross country team finished fifth at the West Delaware Cross Country Invitational, Oct. 6, at Hart Ridge Golf Course.

Meyer placed 14th, running his fastest time of the season with his 17:43 effort. Tyger Vaske also hit a milestone, breaking into the 17-minute bracket for the first time. Vaske ran 17:59 and finished 21st.

Robinson Martinez was the next Hawk across the finish line. His time of 18:27 earned him 33rd place. He was followed by Matthew Mensen, 38th (18:38), Zach Wenger 41st (18:43), Staveley Maury 57th (19:12) and Blake Smith 62nd (19:23).

The team title was a battle between Center Point-Urbana and Tipton, with CPU coming out on top with 84 points, three ahead of Tipton. After that if was Mount Vernon/Lisbon (104), Waverly-Shell Rock (131), West Delaware (147), Western Dubuque (155), Maquoketa Valley (184), North Fayette Valley (216), Anamosa (233), Cedar Rapids Xavier (234), Cascade (257), Oelwein (318), Vinton-Shellsburg (339), Isaac Newton Christian (357), Alburnett (421), Beckman Catholic (453) and Independence (489).

The Hawks finished second as a team in the JV race, scoring 62 points, with a number of Hawks running season bests or setting personal records.

Andrew Salas continued the consistency he’s shown the past three weeks, finishing fourth and running 18:39, his fastest time this season.

Salas was one of five Hawks to finish in the top 20. Next came Nicholas Stocks, finishing 11th in 19:24. Nick Mensen came in 12th with his personal record time of 19:45. Jacob Wenger ran 19:50, finishing 15th, while Evan Kartman turned in his fastest time of the season, 20:14, good for 20th. Jesse Thurn was 23rd (20:25) and Garrison Gillihan 26th (20:32).

Other Hawks and their times include Ethan Hoefer (20:46), Brayden Maury (21:06), Dominic Mastin (21:19), Grand Menard (21:29), Owen Neuhaus (21:58), Mason Rolling (22:01), Blake Cook (22:06), Gabe Quint (22:36), Reily Dolan (22:45), Ethan Grawe (23:16), Carson Less (23:38) and Keenan Waugh (23:45).

Mount Vernon/Lisbon won the team title with 17 points. After West Delaware came Center Point-Urbana (87), Western Dubuque (105), North Fayette Valley (160), Cedar Rapids Xavier (183), Edgewood-Colesburg (197), Waverly-Shell Rock (212), Vinton-Shellsburg (245), Cascade (273) and Beckman Catholic (298).

Head coach Dale Meyer said the meet was a good test as they prepare for the upcoming WaMaC Conference meet next week.

“The field was loaded with ranked teams and several highly ranked runners. Next week’s WaMaC Conference meet will be the toughest field we have faced. I’m anxious to see how we stack up against some of the teams we haven’t faced this year.”

Meyer also commented on how well the Hawk meet went. “We hade a great night to run. It was a lot of fun. I’d like to thank Coach (Ben) Moser and Coach (Jason) Guyer as well as all those who helped the meet run smoothly.”