Ozaukee girls race to invite title

They edge CG-Belgium for small-school win; Warrior boys take third, Rockets right behind in fourth
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The top six Ozaukee High School girl cross country runners earned medals as the Warriors won the Jim Bremser Invite at Mishicot last Thursday.

The Warriors scored 64 points, beating Cedar Grove-Belgium’s 94 in the 15-team meet.

“Our girls raced well against tough competition and continue to drop times from last week,” coach Andrew Pfeuffer said. “We had a hard week of practice and they still had a great performance which should mean we are progressing well in our training.

Kelley Large took third place by completing the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 53 seconds.

Ashlee Mueller was 14th in 22:08. Ally Clark was 16th in 22:15. Jenna Schueller was 17th in 22:15 and Sophie Uhlenberg was 18th in a personal-record 22:17.

Sarah Nehls’ place didn’t count since only the top five are tallied, but she earned a medal for finishing 19th in 22:20.

In addition to Uhlenberg’s personal record, the other times were season bests.

“Our pack has been one of our strengths this season and they are fun to watch both in practice and on race days. They never settle and they continue to try and move up together,” Pfeuffer said.

For the Rockets, Faith Konzak was sixth in 21:21. Lyndsay Sass was ninth in 21:41. Coach Brandon Langer said she ran a strong second half of the race. Cheyenne Simonet was 15th in 22:13. All three earned medals.

Anna Claerbaut was 24th in 22:47. Greta Beernink was 46th in 24:27.

“We still have work to do in order to close the gap between Ozaukee and Oostburg, but I am encouraged by the direction practices and meets have gone,” Langer said.

The Warrior boys were third with 105 points. Cedar Grove-Belgium was fourth with 132.

Sheboygan Lutheran won with 53 points, followed by Manitowoc Lutheran’s 83.

Warrior Hayden Rice took 10th in 17:38 and Sam Schubert was 16th in 17:58. Both earned medals.

Calvin McKee was 22nd in 18:06. Matt Baldwin was 25th in 18:20. Tyler Mueller was 37th in 19:02.

“The boys ran really well against some good competition and they keep moving up, which is great to see this time of year,” Pfeuffer said.

For the Rockets, one of their top-five runners was held out. Ben Fleuchaus was 13th in 17:46. Logan Ketterhagen was 23rd in 18:15. Alex Nett was 27th in 18:31. Cole Ketterhagen was 36th in 19:01. Mason Hoopman was 41st in 19:12.

Langer said the team could have ran more aggressively but he was pleased with how Logan Ketterhagen and Hoopman improved after the first mile.

The Warriors run at Lake Country Lutheran on Saturday.

The Rockets run at the Port Washington invite at Tendick Park in the Town of Saukville on Thursday, Oct. 10. Tuesday’s meet at Sheboygan was canceled due to rain.

Port boys crack top 10 at invite

Port Washington’s boys finished ninth with 242 points at the Len Nikolai Invite in Manitowoc last Saturday.

Stevens Point Area High School, ranked No. 2 in Division 1 in the state, won with 35 points. Valders, ranked No. 1 in Division 2, was second with 87.

Ben Pasten was 22nd in 17:30. Mason Raasch was 40th in 18:04. Austin Rinke was 50th in 18:14. Gabe Pasten was 61st in 18:23. Nate Meeks was 69th in 18:35.

Rinke, Gabe Pasten and Meeks all had personal records, coach Mark Pasten said.

He said Rinke’s addition to the team has “made a huge difference in our quality.”

Grafton’s boys, minus top runner Nathan Baker, were 19th with 467 points.

Cael Abad was 28th in 17:41.

Lance Greicar was 103rd in 19:11. Gabe Mietkowski was 106th in 19:16. Nathan Woolf was 112th in 19:33 and Christopher Kalies was 118th in 19:53.

The Port girls had the week off.

Port runs at its home invite at Tendick Park on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Grafton’s girls didn’t field a full team at the invite but is getting closer.

Ava Pedersen was 42nd in 21:58. Maddy Wille was 46th in 22:08. Rachel Swenson was 47th in 22:09. Anna Eifert was 109th in 24:33.

Grafton runs at Slinger on Thursday.

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