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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 19:01

Girls and boys race to championship team finishes at season-opening Milwaukee River Invitational

Both Port Washington’s cross country teams are off to fast starts, winning their first meets of the season last week.
The girls dominated the seven-team Division 2 portion of the Milwaukee River Invitational at Lincoln Park Golf Course, scoring 32 points to Greendale’s 64.
Senior Alexis Reichardt took second in the 5,000-meter race in 21 minutes, 1 second.
The next four Pirates finished 6-7-8-9. Senior Emma Meyer came in sixth in 21:24, freshman Mira Stimac was seventh in 21:32, junior Jill Cavanaugh was eighth in 21:49 and senior Payton Hurley was ninth in 21:53.
The Pirates didn’t even need freshman Emma Goodman’s 22:07 in 13th place or senior Clare Goodman’s 22:30 in 18th.
The top six Pirates earned medals for their efforts.
The lady Pirates have 19 runners this season, including six returning letterwinners: seniors Reichardt, Meyer, Clare Goodman, Hurley, and juniors Cavanaugh and Katie Erlandson.
Newcomers stepping up include freshmen Stimac, Emma Goodman, Bethany Stacey, Josie DeMerit and seniors Megan Barian and Natalie Lippe.
“Everybody is expected to do well,” Port girls’ coach Joe Adamak said.
The Pirates lost Abeba Sullivan to graduation. Sullivan set the team record time of 19:18 last season and qualified for the Division 1 state meet.
Pirate boys edge Shorewood for title
Behind junior Isaiah Holland and senior Miles Stimac, Port Washington won the Division 2 crown. The Pirates scored 57 points to Shorewood’s 68.
Holland came in third with a personal best 17:24 and Stimac was right behind in fifth in 17:28.
Junior Brett Grisar was 13th in 17:57 and senior Fraser Toal was 15th in 18:05.Senior Zach Miller came in 21st in 18:31.
“That was a great start, but there is a long ways to go until the end of the season,” Port boys’ coach Mark Pasten said.
The Pirates so far have worked together in small packs.
“Isaiah Holland and Miles Stimac did a great job of working together throughout the race,” Pasten said.
“Brett Grisar and Fraser Toal did a good job of working with each other on the first mile, but Fraser fell off of the pace a little on the 2nd mile. Zach Miller ran a smart race and went through the first mile right where we hoped he would.”
The Pirate boys have 24 runners this year. Stimac was the team’s MVP last year, and Pasten said Holland looks to have greatly improved.
Grisar is a three-year varsity runner, and Toal put in a good summer of training, Pasten said.
Other runners expected to contribute include sophomore Ben Pasten, senior Calhan Norman and juniors Zach Gephart and Antonio Feciskonin.
Coach Pasten said he expects to finish in the top half of the new North Shore Conference, which now includes West Bend East and West, Slinger and Hartford. Germantown and Milwaukee Lutheran have left.
Pasten said West is the class of the conference, followed by Homestead and Whitefish Bay. He expects to battle for fourth place with Nicolet, Grafton, Cedarburg and Slinger.
Port has dropped to Division 2 this season and will compete in the Shorewood Sectional, which includes Wisconsin Lutheran. Last season, Lutheran was third at state and Shorewood was seventh.
Port’s boys and girls next run Friday at the Blackshirt Invitational at Waukesha South.

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