The West Delaware girls’ cross county team finished ninth at the West Delaware Invitational, Oct. 5, at Hart Ridge Golf Course.

The Hawks showed they like their home course as 24 girls set personal records, with five turning in season-best times.

Lucy Loecke led the Hawks, finishing 40th in 22:02. Josie McMahon took 46th, running 22:10, with Faith Rich 49th in 22:20. Next came Noelle Bardgett, 52nd (22:23), Emily Prier 54th (22:36), Brooke Lewin 60th (22:47) and Abby Kass 64th (22:59).

Western Dubuque won the meet with 89 points, ahead of Mount Vernon-Lisbon with 96 and Tipton 97. Next came Center Point-Urbana (113), Jesup (115), Beckman (133), Waverly-Shell Rock (138), Clear Lake (181), West Delaware (241), Starmont (251), Springville/Central City (370), North Fayette Valley (396), Xavier (407), Independence (412), Vinton-Shellsburg (417), Anamosa (420), Maquoketa (450) and Oelwein (503).

The JV Hawks claimed second with 68 points and placed two runners in the top 10. Makayla Gasper finished seventh in 23:06 and Trudy Loecke ninth in 23:13. Next came Izzy Schmitz 11th (23:22), Emma Hogan 13th (23:26), Willow Thompson 28th (24:17), Claire Ridenour 30th (24:24) and Faith Litterer 31st (24:24). Other runners and their times include Maggie Millenkamp (24:36), Stephanie LaRosa (24:39), Ava Neuhaus (24:40), Taylor Domeyer (24:41), Abigail O’Rear (24:53), Alexis McTaggart (25:02), Ava Bockenstedt (26:47), Keara Emerson (27:04), Sylvie Mersch (27:20), Maylin Coates (27:27), Kennedy Klostermann (27:35), Jenna Funke (28:09), Luca Smith (28:50), Gwenith Pasker (29:58), Ana White (30:14), Maddie Hildebrand (30:46) and Audrey Jolley (33:42).

“It’s always nice to get a chance to run in front of the home crowd and I feel like the girls put on a great showing,” said coach Ben Moser. “The course was in great shape and the level of competition was tremendously high. This meet is always super competitive and features a lot of great teams from around the area. With great competition comes an excellent opportunity for the girls to run really great races.”

Moser said his team will now focus on the latter part of their season. “Our attention now turns to the WaMaC meet, which is super loaded this year. I’m really anxious to see our girls get out there and go toe to toe with some of the best. I believe in the work they’ve put in and I think they are believing in their abilities. It should be another exciting race and I’m really looking forward to it.”