CG-Belgium, Port runners tested at Angel Invite

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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Port Washington High School girls’ cross country team isn’t up to full strength yet, but the Pirates still placed high at the Angel Invitational at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside last Saturday.

The Pirates scored 175 points and placed fifth of 25 teams, many of which were from larger schools. They were first of the nine Division 2 schools.

Brookfield Central won with 47 points, followed by Wisconsin Lutheran’s 108 and Union Grove’s 159.

Senior Abbey Lotz paced Port by running the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 29.9 seconds, good for sixth of 176 runners.

Senior Braeya Thomas was 20th in 21:25.2. Freshman Mia Blum was 32nd in 21:53.8. Freshman Payton Wysocki was 40th in 22:07.4, and sophomore Reagan Jerome was 94th in 23:34.1.

“To be in the top 50 in that field is pretty good,” coach Joe Adamak said.

“We’re still not running at full strength. You’re just trying to get a feel for things.”

Sophomore Madison Myers, who is usually Port’s third runner, is nursing a leg issue.

Cedar Grove-Belgium runners got a taste of their sectional course at the meet.

But thanks to a large bees’ nest under a bridge, the route wasn’t the same one the Rockets will follow in about a month. The junior varsity race was first, and every Rocket boy got stung twice, so the meet director rerouted the course ­“rather quickly and smoothly,” coach Brandon Langer said.

The Rocket girls landed six in the top 90 runners, double that of last year’s team, and finished sixth with 235 points — first of the four Division 3 schools.

Junior Hadley Heimerman led the Rockets for the second straight meet, finishing in 21:34.9 — 48 seconds faster than last year — and in 24th place. Senior Faith Konzak was 38th in 22:04.1. Junior Elise Brill was 49th in 22:20, 1:22 faster than last year. Ashley McCluskey was 56th in 22:29.1, and Amara Beernink was 67th in 22:43.1.

Rocket boys finish eighth, Port 10th

The Rocket boys finished with 314 points and in eighth place. They were only 19 points behind Gillett, the No. 4-ranked team in Division 3.

Mukwonago won with 64 points, followed by Wisconsin Lutheran’s 85 and Lakeside Lutheran’s 110.

Senior Mason Hoopman was 24th of 201 runners in 17:40.9. Sophomore Jamison Velzke battled illness and was 32nd in 18:01.5.

“Jamison did an outstanding job attacking the second mile and using the downhills to his advantage,” Langer said, adding he expects Velzke to break the 18-minute mark at his next meet.

Sophomore Will Huenink was 53rd in 18:26.9, and freshman Wes Huenink was 71st in 18:57.1. Junior Michael Kuerschner was 140th in 20:36.8.

“Most of the boys executed the race strategy well, but some are still not getting out quick enough. There is a difference between running and racing, and some are still figuring that out,” Langer said.

The Rockets run at Mishicot on Thursday, Sept. 22, where they see a couple of Big East teams they haven’t competed against this season “so this will be a good chance to gauge how we stack up,” Langer said.

The Port boys scored 333 points and finished 10th.

Freshman Jameson Parulski led the Pirates for the second straight meet, finishing 36th of 200 runners in a personal-best 18:05.6.

“He did a really nice job of starting fast and then held his position,” coach Mark Pasten said.

Senior Gino Feciskonin was 48th (47th in team scores) in a personal-best 18:24.

“Gino ran an outstanding pace on the first mile, which allowed him to pass a large number of runners over the second and third miles,” Pasten said.

Sophomore Alex Anewenter battled to 72nd (70th) in 18:58.4.

“Alex did a nice job of pushing himself through a stomach cramp,” Pasten said.

Senior Finn Ritter was 92nd (89th) in 19:28.4, and sophomore Pete Lotz was 94th (91st) in 19:29.2.

“Both Pete and Finn did a great job of working together in the race and helping each other to be better,” Pasten said.

Port runs at Reedsburg on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Grafton runs at Tendick Park

The Grafton boys scored 204 points and finished eighth of nine teams at the Marquette Invite at Tendick Park in Saukville on Saturday.

Gabe Mietkowski was 28th in 18:28. Keegan Vaculik was 36th in 18:58. Trevor Nauta was 43rd in 19:15. Tyler Swenson was 46th in 19:24, and Luke Hanson was 51st in 19:54.

Madison West won with 34 points.

The girls didn’t have a complete team. Callie Faust was sixth in 20:43. Evenlyn Schmit was 20th in 22:26. Josie Gehrke was 47th in 26:20.

Slinger won the girls’ meet with 38 points.

The Black Hawks run Saturday, Sept. 24, in Manitowoc.

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