Ozaukee girl runners win meet No. 4

Nehls breaks the tie with Menomonee Falls to pull out Lightning Invitational victory for Warriors

THE OZAUKEE’S GIRLS’ cross country team has won four meets this season. Runners competing at Tendick State Park last month were (from left) Sara Nehls, Sophie Uhlenberg and Ally Clark. Photo by Mitch Maersch
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Last Saturday’s performance at the Lake Country Lutheran Lightning Invitational makes it four victories for the Ozaukee High School girls’ cross country team.

The Warriors tied Menomonee Falls for first place at the six-team meet with 48 points and won via their sixth runner, Sarah Nehls, who finished 13th in the 5,000-meter course in 22 minutes, 33 seconds. Falls’ sixth runner was 20th in 23:29.

Warrior Kelley Large was sixth at 21:49 and the team went 9-12 in a tight pack after that. Ashlee Mueller was ninth in 22:15, Allison Clark was 10th in 22:19.59, Sophie Uhlenberg was 11th in 22:19.77 and Jenna Schueller was 12th in 22:20.

The Warriors’ top six each earned medals.

“Our girls ran well and were challenged on a much tougher course compared to last week. The Lake Country Lutheran course is fun to compete at but it is also a very honest course. It has multiple rolling hills throughout it and the ground was a little soft this weekend due to the rain,” coach Andrew Pfeuffer said.

“Overall, our girls competed tough and on a difficult course and during a week of hard training.”

The boys scored 96 points and took third place in their 12–team meet.

Wisconsin Lutheran won with 21. Menomonee Falls was second with 37. Both compete in higher divisions against larger schools than Ozaukee.

Warrior Sam Schubert was 11th in a personal record 17:46.41 with Hayden Rice right behind in 12th in 17:46.52. Calvin McKee was 18th in a personal record 18:01. All three earned medals.

Matt Baldwin was 26th in 18:34 and Tyler Mueller was 29th in 19:04.

“They started out fast and were able to hang on to some bigger schools for another great meet,” Pfeuffer said.

The Warriors run Thursday at Tendick Park in the Town of Saukville.

Grafton finishes in middle of the pack

Still missing their injured top runner, Nathan Baker, Grafton’s boys scored 185 points and took seventh of 13 teams at Slinger Owl Invite last Thursday.

The hosts won with 34 points. West Bend West was second with 73.

Cael Abad was 10th in 18:16.

Thomas Eifert was 38th in 19:41. Gabe Mietkowski was 40th in 19:46. Christopher Kalies was 44th in 19:52. Nathan Woolf was 53rd in 20:16.

Coach Kevin Kriegel said he hopes to have Baker back by the North Shore Conference meet Saturday, Oct. 19, at West Bend.

The Black Hawk girls still have four varsity runners, one short to earn a full team score.

Ava Pederson was 17th in 22:02. Maddy Wille was 26th in 22:27 and Rachel Swenson was 27th in 22:30.

Anna Eifert was 59th in 23:49.

“The girls are making progress and we are planning to have a full team run at conference as well,” Kriegel said.

Port Washington and Cedar Grove-Belgium didn’t run last week. Both run at Tendick Park on Thursday. The Rockets had the Sheboygan Lutheran Invite on Tuesday canceled.

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