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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:56

Ozaukee senior Elise Large won again, and the Port Washington girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams each placed second at the Port Invitational at Tendick Park on Oct. 5.
Large won the 5,000-meter race in 19 minutes, 2.77 seconds, leading the Random Lake/Ozaukee team to third place among squads from much larger schools. It was the Rams’ lowest finish of the year but came against some of their toughest competition.
Large got out to a big lead quickly and won by nearly 17 seconds.
“My personal strategy is I like to get out in front,” she said.
Aside from a long stretch at the beginning that maks it difficult to take a lead, the Tendick course has one big hill in the middle the race.
“The hill is the hardest part,” Large said. “It’s comparable to the state course.”CR Kelley Large
Just like with other meets this season, Large’s freshman sister, Kelley, wasn’t too far behind. She took 10th in 19:56.96. She is still developing her running scheme.
“I try not to think about the hills too much,” she said.
“Otherwise, I don’t know my strategy yet.”
But they both know the best part about this season.
“I think what I’m enjoying most about this season is sharing it with my sister and seeing her finish right behind me. It’s a special thing,” Elise said.
“I wish we had more time,” Kelley said.
The rest of the Rams’ top five were: senior Alicia Hartmann, 32nd, 21:04.45; freshman Amy Hoffman, 52nd, 21:34.04; and freshman Grace Tinder, 61st, 21:42.47.
“The meet definitely prepared the cross country team, especially the younger runners, for the big challenging meets ahead, in reference to conference, sectionals and hopefully the WIAA state cross country meet. Our success at the invitational last week definitely gave our team a ‘boost’ of confidence, going into the final weeks of the cross country season,” coach Stephanie Ohme said.

The Rams scored 156 points, behind Port’s 137 and Neenah’s 135.
The Port girls used a team effort to nearly pull off a victory against a much-bigger opponent.
“We had no runners in the top 15. Almost every team had one or two runners ahead of us, and we still almost won the meet,” Port girls’ coach Joe Adamak said.
“It’s a team effort. Any team can have a superstar and be the worst team out there.”
Senior Alexis Reichardt finished 18th in 20:21.15, followed by senior Emma Meyer in 21st in 20:33.83.
Senior Payton Hurley was 23rd in 20:43.58, followed by junior Jill Cavanaugh in 36th (21:13.05) and freshman Bethany Stacey in 39th (21:18.05).
“They ran really good times. A lot of people ran season-best times,” Adamak said.
Port’s boys finished second with 91 points, behind Slinger’s 79.
“It was by far the best team performance of the year as six out of the eight runners who ran on the varsity had personal best times,” Port boys’ coach Mark Pasten said.
“I was impressed by how well we competed over the last half of the race as a team. They are really starting to come together as a team over these last few weeks when it matters the most.”
Senior Miles Stimac took seventh in 16:51.04, and junior Brett Grisar broke the 17-minute mark for the first time in taking  10th (16:59.43).
Junior Isaiah Holland was 12th (17:00.42).
“It was reassuring to see Holland bounce back after struggling for the last couple of competitions,” Pasten said.
Senior Fraser Toal battled ankle pain to take 26th (17:35.97), and senior Zach Miller was 36th (17:49.64).
“That was a breakthrough race for Miller as his previous best time was 18:13, which was run on a faster course at Stevens Point,” Pasten said.
Senior Stephen Lavey led the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys to a fifth-place finish with 187 points.
Lavey was fourth in 16:35.41. Junior Quinn Hoopman was 33rd (17:45.6); senior Brandon Wieberdink was 43rd (17:55.62); junior Bryce Ketterhagen was 45th (17:59.8); and sophomore Dylan Quint was 63rd (18:23.94).
The Ram boys finished last among 20 teams, scoring 591 points.
Freshman Sam Schubert was 98th (19:00.71); senior Devon Kaat was 125th (19:50.93); junior Sean Kaat was 133rd (21:06.25); junior Mark Langel was 134th (21:07.77) and sophomore Gabriel Gilley was 139th (21:56.27).
The Rocket girls took 17th out of 18 teams, scoring 366 points.
Freshman Payton Navis was 40th (21:19.15); sophomore Anna Claerbaut was 51st (21:32.97); junior Grace Voskuil was 82nd (22:17.8); junior Jacy Zajak was 87th (22:28.38); and freshman Cheyenne Simonet was 123rd (23:50.34).

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