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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 19:13

CG-B girls’ team races to 4th place in Division 3 meet; Holle leads Rocket boys

The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ cross-country team didn’t reach the medals podium after a brutally tough WIAA Division 3 state meet last Saturday, but it easily cracked the top four.

Led by senior Kiera Depies and sophomore Molly Ison, the Rockets scored 142 points, good for fourth place in a 16-team field. THE CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM girls’ cross-country team raced to fourth place in the WIAA Division 3 state meet Saturday. Members included (from left) Chloe Paul, Molly Ison, Lily Paul, Jericho Duenk, Kiera Depies, Maria Schueller and Tammi Del Ponte. Photo courtesy of Les Paul

Oshkosh Lourdes won the championship with 57 points, and St. Mary Springs (72) and Darlington (118) rounded out the top three.

This marks the third time in the last four years the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls finished in the top six in the state meet at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Their best efforts were second-place honors in 2007 and 2009.

“We had a good day,” Rockets coach Les Paul said of his team’s performance Saturday.

“We have run solid the last part of the season, and this was no different. We had hoped for a higher finish, but the competition ran very well.”

Depies crossed the finish line with a 4,000-meter time of 15 minutes, 54.9 seconds, good for 12th place among runners on full teams and 20th overall. She took 11th at state the two previous seasons.

Ison, who came on strong late in the season, was right behind at 15:55.5, good for 13th in team scoring and 21st overall.

Among other Cedar Grove-Belgium scoring runners, junior Tammi Del Ponte (16:33.96) placed 25th (53rd overall), freshman Lily Paul (16:58.29) was 39th (74th) and sophomore Jericho Duenk (17:13.79) was 53rd (90th).

Also for the Rockets, junior Chloe Paul (17:23.75) was 60th (99th) and junior Maria Schueller (18:10.36) was 84th (123rd).

“These girls worked hard and made every practice count,” coach Paul said.

The team is looking forward to another strong season in 2012, losing only Depies to graduation.

The Division 3 girls’ state individual champion was University Lake School’s Molly Seidel, who raced to her fourth straight title in 13:39.59.

Holle leads CG-B boys

Senior Alex Holle led a pair of Cedar Grove-Belgium boys who qualified for the state meet by finishing 10th with a 5,000-meter time of 16:48.89.

Teammate Michael Merritt, a junior,  was 48th (17:53.82).

Holle was making his third straight state appearance after placing ninth last year and 25th in 2009.

“Alex ran so strong here at the end of the season. He ran great in a super fast top-10 group,” coach Paul said.

Merritt “earned his spot and ran strong with much hope for going up the ladder next year,” Paul added.

Tyson Miehe of Darlington won the Division 3 individual title in 16:02.14.

Overall, it was a solid finale to another strong season by the Rockets.

“It has been a privilege to coach these kids,” Paul said.

“They are great kids with super supportive families, and it has made this a great season.”

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