IOWA CITY — The competition stayed tough for the Calamus-Wheatland boys cross country team.
After being the smallest team in its season opener nine days earlier, the Warriors — ranked 12th in Class 1A — were one of six ranked teams to toe the line at Thursday’s Bob Brown Cross Country Classic hosted by Iowa City Regina.
With another top-10 finish for junior Chase Knoche, the Warriors finished eighth overall with 230 points.
Tipton — the top-ranked team in 2A — took home the team title with 69 points, while Iowa City Liberty (73), Clear Creek-Amana (73) and Western Dubuque (75) were all separated by just two points.
Knoche finished less than half a second outside of the top five with his sixth-place clocking of 17:33 (he was just .31 back of Tipton’s Trent Pelzer).
Senior Chandler Gannon joined Knoche in the top 30, finishing 29th with his time of 18:29, while fellow senior Brett McCartt was 55th with his clocking of 19:21.
Junior Seth Beuthien clocked in at 20:17 to finish 70th overall, while freshman Cole VanderHeiden made the most of his cross country debut, finishing off the Warriors’ team score with a clocking of 22:47 to finish right at 100th.
Fellow freshman Jacob Weih dropped four seconds from his debut to take 110th in 25:47, while sophomore Connor Ewoldt turned in a time of 27:43 in his debut.
The Warriors did not have a participant in the varsity girls race, but a trio of runners took part in the JV race.
Freshman Nina Gonzalez led the way, finishing 25th with a time of 28:04 — a 10-second improvement from her debut.
Junior Emma Bopp also cut time from her debut as part of an 86th-place time of 35:59, while senior Addison Luepker was 93rd in 37:24 in her cross country debut.