Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:30
Pirate boys, girls turn in solid finishes but trail top two teams at conference run
There were few surprises in the race for top team honors during last Saturday’s North Shore Conference cross-country meet at Tendick Park in Saukville.
As expected, the Whitefish Bay girls and Germantown boys successfully defended their titles.
The fight for runner-up honors was another matter, though, with both Port Washington teams having to settle for third in tight battles.
“It wasn’t a bad day for us as a team, but we could have run better,” said Port boys’ coach Mark Pasten, whose team scored 62 points, 13 behind second-place Bay.
“Bay turned out to be a little bit better than I expected.”
Germantown won the boys’ title with 36 points. Among other teams, Homestead was fourth with 125 points, followed by Nicolet (142), Milwaukee Lutheran (154), Cedarburg (164) and Grafton (204).
Port was led by senior Jake Verfuerth, who placed sixth with a 5,000-meter time of 16 minutes, 57 seconds. Verfuerth earned all-conference first-team honors by finishing in the top eight.
“Jake ran a really good race. He started out in the pack and steadily picked up the pace,” Pasten said.
The Pirates’ other scoring runners were Augie Yates in 10th (17:18), Justin Fote in 14th (17:18), Jason Marhal in 15th (17:35) and Jared Sandlin in 17th (17:39).
Also for Port, Brandon Hinneberg placed 21st (17:51), Jared Burris was 28th (18:05) and David LeBlanc was 37th (18:33).
Marhal was the only Pirate to run a personal-best time.
“If everyone had been a little faster, we could have caught Bay,” Pasten said. “We had to settle for a solid third.”
The individual championship went to Bay’s Mike Camilleri (16:28). Homestead’s Nate Rothier won the race for the second straight year only to be disqualified for wearing nonconforming trunks that didn’t match those of his teammates.
The Grafton boys were paced by freshman Patrick Tobianski, who finished 29th with a personal-best time of 18:11. Teammate Stefan Lundgren was 30th in the same time.
Also for the Black Hawks, Josh Wimmer took 47th (19:17), Adam Kahmann was 53rd (20:16) and Michael Knapik was 55th (20:40).
“We were hoping a better finish,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said. “But other than Patrick, none of our runners showed any improvement.”
The Bay girls continued to show they are one of the state’s best by placing first with 55 points, 19 fewer than second-place Homestead.
Port took third with 80 points, followed by Germantown (95), Cedarburg (112), Nicolet (138), Grafton (163) and Milwaukee Lutheran (186).
Sophomore Bianca Benkley again led the Pirates with a personal-best 4,000-meter time of 15:39, good for eighth place. The time was matched by Grafton sophomore Amber Ducheny, who finished seventh.
Also for Port, Ashley Hilton took ninth (15:45), Diana Seer was 11th (a personal-best 15:54), Payton Greisch was 25th (16:49), and Allison Hilton and Bonnie Allen were 27th and 28th, respectively (both at 16:50).
Port girls’ coach Joe Adamak was pleased with his team’s showing, noting “we finished exactly where I thought we would.
“Our overall time was faster than Homestead, but they had all five of their (scoring) runners finish ahead of our fourth-place runner,” he noted.
Ducheny received all-conference first-team honors with Benkley, as well as praise from her coach.
“Amber ran a great race,” Kriegel said. “It’s not an easy course, and she still dropped two seconds off her best time.”
Grafton’s other scoring finishers were Jamie Karrels in 21st (a personal-best 16:44), Emily Volkmann in 40th (17:24), Kylie Longoria in 48th (18:10) and Kimmy Bader in 52nd (18:37).
“The girls did pretty well,” Kriegel said. “I was pleased with their effort.”
This Saturday, all conference teams but Whitefish Bay will return to Tendick Park for WIAA sectional meets.
Grafton will join Cedarburg, Homestead, Germantown, Nicolet and other area squads in a Division 1 meet. The boys’ race starts at 11 a.m., followed by the girls at 11:45 a.m.
Port and Milwaukee Lutheran will be among the teams in a Division 2 meet, with the boys running at 2 p.m. and the girls at 2:45 p.m.
The top two teams in each sectional meet will advance to the state level along with the top five individuals from non-qualifying squads.
The Port boys and girls will be among the favorites as state team qualifiers.
Written by Mitch Maersch
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:26
Holle’s 2nd-place run helps CG-B repeat as class of Central Lakeshore meet
Nobody’s been faster in Central Lakeshore Conference cross country the past three years than the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ team.
The Rockets successfully defended their CLC title Oct. 14 at Sheboygan Lutheran, narrowly beating the host squad, 39-45, and appear primed to return to the state meet again.
Junior Alex Holle, who led Cedar Grove-Belgium much of the season while Joel Merritt recovered from a leg injury, came out of nowhere to place second in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 17 minutes, 2 seconds.
At last year’s conference meet, Holle was seventh in 17:33.
“The guy’s on fire,” Rockets coach Ron Wood said. “He trusts his training.”
Merritt finished fifth in 17:14, nine seconds off his pace last year, when he was second.
“Joel is getting it back. He’s still a little hesitant, I think, but ready to go,” Wood said.
Among the other Rockets, Richard Beabout was seventh (17:28) and Brandon Krauska was 10th (17:52). Krauska’s time was 29 seconds faster than last year.
Mike Merritt finished 15th (18:25) to round out the top-five totals that count for the team score.
Zacke Lyons and Josh Beaudry were 18th and 19th, respectively, both finishing in 18:53. The Rockets had their entire team finish in the top half of the 43-runner field.
“They’re all hitting stride at the right time,” Wood said.
Rounding out the team standings were Random Lake in third with 98 points, followed by Oostburg (100), Howards Grove (103) and Elkhart Lake (135).
Ryan Mugan of Howards Grove won the boys’ race in 16:45.
Ozaukee’s incomplete lineup included Doug Grimm in 18th (18:53) and Vince Cardarelle in 36th (21:53).
Wood said that the way the Rockets are running, they have a good chance to return to the WIAA state meet to defend their Division 3 title.
The sectional meet at Sheboygan Lutheran on Saturday, Oct. 23, will be held on the same course as the conference race. The top two teams advance to the state level along with the top five individuals from non-qualifying teams.
The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls finished third in the conference behind Lutheran and Random Lake, but also have a good chance to go to state as a team, Wood said.
The Rockets’ Marina Paul didn’t three-peat as conference champion, finishing the 4,000-meter race with a second-place time of 15:38. Random Lake’s Delaney Sinnen was first in 15:10.
Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Kiera Depies, as she has been all season, was right behind with a third-place time of 15:51.
Regardless of team sectional finishes, Paul and Depies should advance to state as individuals, Wood said.
Last year, Paul won the conference race in 15:35, and Depies was second in 15:51.
Among other Rocket girls, Erika Meinen was eighth in 16:23, shaving 20 seconds off her meet time of last year. Chloe Paul was 21st (17:52), followed by Tammi Del Ponte in 26th (18:26), Carina Deppiesse in 31st (19:03) and Maria Schueller in 34th (19:25).
Lutheran won the girls’ title with 46 points, and Random Lake had 49.
Cedar Grove-Belgium finished with 60 points, followed by Howards Grove (96), Elkhart Lake (135), Oostburg (148) and Ozaukee (194).
The Ozaukee girls were missing top runner Ali Hughes (injury) and Amanda Nordby (illness).
Sarah Brown led the Warriors with a 28th-place time of 18:38, followed by Amanda Lallensack in 36th (19:38), Marissa Thill in 42nd (20:58), Annalena Feix in 43rd (21:01) and Carissa Conine in 45th (21:09).
“The CLC is a tough conference when it comes to cross country. Overall, I was pleased with our results,” Ozaukee coach Chris Raisbeck said.
“I have seen improvement in every runner. Most runners were around 30 seconds faster than earlier in the season when they ran this same course. Hopefully, we will be at full strength when it comes to sectionals.”
Random Lake will not be in the Sheboygan Lutheran Sectional because it has a Division 2 program. But Cedar Grove-Belgium will face tough competition from St. Mary’s Springs and Pardeeville.
The sectional boys’ race starts at 11 a.m., followed by the girls’ race at 11:45 a.m.