BELLEVUE — Back at the scene of its Comet Invitational team title and competing for the first time in over a week, the Calamus-Wheatland cross country teams were ready to toe the line at Monday’s Marquette Catholic Invitational.
The Warriors boys had five season-best times during the race, helping them take second place to Camanche — just five points from claiming their second title of the year (the Indians finished with 53 points, the Warriors 57).
Junior Chase Knoche led the way for Cal-Wheat, finishing under 17 minutes for the third time this fall with a third-place clocking of 16:34.
Joining Knoche in the top five was his senior teammate Chandler Gannon, who ran his fastest time of the season — 17:20 — cutting 20 seconds from his previous-best.
After nearly accomplishing the feat in his first two races, junior Magnus Sands finished under 18 minutes for the first time with his clocking of 17:36 — good for eighth.
Just missing out on his own spot in the top 10 was junior Seth Beuthien, who finished 11th with his season-best clocking of 18:15 — 16 seconds better than his previous-best.
Freshman Cole VanderHeiden wrapped up the Warriors’ team score with a 30th-place time of 21:25, the best varsity clocking of his young career, while fellow freshman Jacob Weih was 37th in 23:03.
Freshman Nina Gonzalez led the way for the Cal-Wheat girls, running the best time of her career — 26:16 — to finish 20th overall.
Two seconds, meanwhile, separated junior Emma Bopp (29:56) and senior Addison Luepker (29:58), who finished 23rd and 24th, respectively.