Freshman Brooke Lewin’s time of 24:21 claimed 56th place and helped the West Delaware girls cross country team to a 10th-place finish at the Oelwein Invitational Sept. 3 at Hickory Grove Golf Course.
The Hawks saw their top four runners finish within 12 seconds of each other. Grace Millenkamp took 57th (24:22), Jadyn Werner 58th (24:26) and Faith Rich 60th (24:33). Close behind were Faith Litterer in 64th (24:57), Gracie Weeks 65th (25:24) and Katie McGrane 72nd (26:06).
Center Point-Urbana won the team title with 68 points, nudging out Decorah (73) and Denver (75). Next came Waukon (93), Jesup (96), Waverly-Shell Rock (148), North Fayette Valley (203), Sumner-Fredricksburg (226), North Linn (237), West Delaware (295), Union (322), Wapsie Valley (344), Beckman (373) and Oelwein (396)
The Hawks finished eighth in the JV race, with Lucy Loecke leading the way in fifth, running 22:26. Next came Hannah Axline in 26th place (25:27) and Makayla Gasper 53rd (27:01). Katelin Ante finished 62nd (28:04), two spots ahead of Cayleigh Painter (28:13). Next came Isabelle Willey in 65th (28:24) and Becca Farmer 69th (28:38).
Other Hawk runners were Kaleah Carter (29:14), Alexis McTaggart (29:20), Keara Emerson (29:22), Gabby Schuman (29:41), Sylvie Mersch (30:46), Macie Putz (31:08) and Allison Mullen (33:50).
Decorah won the JV team race with 32 points, ahead of Central Elkader with 48. Center Point-Urbana and Waukon tied with 139 points, with CPU claiming third on a tie-breaker. In fifth place was Sumner-Fredricksburg (162), followed by Waverly-Shell Rock (164), Jesup (185), West Delaware (210), Union (210), Union (223), Denver (247), Edgewood-Colesburg (271) and North Linn (305)
Head coach Ben Moser saw his team improve from their opening meet.
“I couldn’t be prouder of how the girls ran last night. They have started seeing the results of their hard work. Every single girl cut time from Mount Vernon. We made huge strides from last week to this week. Last week we saw lots of nerves before the race and the nerves were reflected in the times we ran. This week the girls were much more relaxed and ready to race.
“We’ve been working a lot on staying relaxed and not overthinking things, to just let their training take over and have fun with the race. We are still not quite full strength with a few girls out with some injuries, but the girls that have filled those spots have done a tremendous job. It was just a great night overall.”