CG-Belgium girls make most of home course on way to Rocket Invite title
With all of its five scoring runners placing in the top 13, the Cedar Grove-Belgium girlsâ€™ cross-country team had no trouble securing top honors at the annual Rocket Invitational on Sept. 12.
Junior Lily Paul led the home team with a second-place time of 15 minutes, 46 seconds on the 4,000-meter course.
Among the Rocketsâ€™ other scoring finishes, Molly Ison was fourth (16:36), followed by Sydni Loose in sixth (16:54), Emily Sass in 12th (17:47) and Jericho Duenk in 13th (17:50).
Cedar Grove-Belgium had 37 points, comfortably ahead of second-place Howards Groveâ€™s 74.
â€śThe girlsâ€™ team continues to progress nicely. The team score was solid,â€ť Rockets coach Les Paul said.
Cedar Grove-Belgiumâ€™s other runners were Maggie Turchinski in 18th (18:12) and Elysia Hoopman in 40th (20:24).
In the boysâ€™ race, the Rockets placed third with 109 points, trailing Sheboygan Lutheran (37) and Oostburg (48).
Freshman Ian Ison led Cedar Grove-Belgium with a 5,000-meter time of 18:21, good for fifth place.
The Rocketsâ€™ other scoring finishes were Derek Arndt in 16th (19:07), James Krauska in 26th (20:30), Abel Brockman in 30th (20:42) and Colin Kettenhoven in 32nd (20:52).
â€śThe boys had a good outing with continued improvement across the entire group,â€ť coach Paul said.
The Rockets were without Peter Merritt, who is recovering from an injury.
The next meet for both Cedar Grove-Belgium teams will be the Angel Invitational this Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha. Races start at 9 a.m.
Voeller leads Ozaukee girls
Hannah Voeller has emerged as one of the top runners on the Ozaukee girlsâ€™ cross-country team this season.
Last Friday, the freshman led the Warriors at the Mayville Invitational with a 13th-place time of 16:53.
â€śHannah continues to improve each week,â€ť Ozaukee coach Greg Mielke said.
The Warriors finished 27th in a 33-team field.
Their other scoring runs came from Ashley Preisler in 95th (19:03), Natalie Bares in 237th (23:04), Brianna Leitzke in 238th (23:07) and Jessica Wengel in 256th (24:18).
â€śSenior Ashley Preisler once again gave an impressive performance, shaving another minute off of her time,â€ť Mielke said.
The Ozaukee boys, who had an incomplete lineup, were led by sophomore Nathan LaSage, who placed 187th with a 5,000-meter time of 22:14. Also for Ozaukee, freshman Aaron Schubert was 202nd (22:42) and
senior Taz Gottsacker battled through a knee injury to take 256th (27:30).
â€śIâ€™m proud of his integrity to finish the race,â€ť Mielke said.
The Warriorsâ€™ next meet will be the Valders Invitational at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.
Image Information: THE CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM girlsâ€™ cross-country team had no trouble ruling the course at the annual Rocket Invitational. Photo by Sam Arendt