Heimerman, Konzak run Rockets to Big East title

Owen Klaus sets school record for Ozaukee boys
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Cedar Grove-Belgium High School cross country coach Brandon Langer said he knew the Reedsville course would be quick judging by times at an earlier meet this season, and nobody was quicker than the Rocket girls in the Big East Conference race last Saturday.

Junior Hadley Heimerman won the 5,000-meter race in 20 minutes, 11.43 seconds, beating 82 other runners.

Senior Faith Konzak was close behind in 20:15.67.

That helped the Rockets to 52 points, edging Oostburg’s 61 in the 12-team meet. Ozaukee scored 83.

“They took full advantage of the opportunity presented before them to claim the team title,” Langer said.

“Emotions were running a bit high before the race but once the gun went off, they just raced. I think some of the girls may have gotten out a bit quick while others were a bit conservative, but they recovered to still accomplish the goals they set before them.”

Mallory Arroyo was 14th in 21:23.26, Elise Brill was 16th in 21:38.57 and Ashleigh McCluskey was 19th in 21:56.53. All made the Big East second team.

Amanda Beernink was 22nd in 22:07.89 and earned honorable mention.

Heimerman and Konzak worked together to finish ahead of Oostburg’s Holly Bley, who was third in 20:24.43.

“Hadley and Faith were in the lead from the beginning, and it turned into a strategic race through the first two miles. After that, Hadley and Holly Bley pulled away, with Faith chasing a couple of seconds behind,” Langer said.

“With about 600 meters to go, Hadley put in a surge that Holly couldn’t cover to race to the individual title. Faith put in her typical strong last 1,000 meters to also overtake Bley over the last 600 meters to become the runner-up. I knew going in that they could go 1-2, as they had beaten every runner in the conference at least once.”

Allie Jaworski was 36th in 23:03.49.

“Allie ran a tremendous race and took nearly a minute off her previous best,” Langer said.

Five Ozaukee runners earned all-conference honors.

Meredith Clark paced the Warriors by finishing eighth in a personal-record 20:41.85, making the second team.

She was joined by Becky Hoffmann in 12th in a season-best 21:10.07 and Clara McKee in 15th in a season-best 21:34.69.

Sarah Tinder was 23rd in a personal-record 22:07.9, and Kenna Pierson was 25th in a personal-record 22:15.56. Both earned honorable mention. Chloe Dybul was 55th in 24:41.08.

“Our girls did a great job following their race strategies this week, and each one of them was able to execute it to earn either new personal records or season bests,” coach Andrew Pfeuffer said. “We have a very difficult conference and our girls rose up to the challenge and had their best performance of the season.”

Klaus shatters school record

Ozaukee senior Owen Klaus set the school record by 16 seconds and finished second in 16:13.18.

Pfeuffer said the previous record was set by Ron Schacherl in 1983 with a time of 16:29, according to WIAA state meet records.

“Owen ran a great race and stuck right with first place Davis Behler of Kohler the entire time to pull him to a phenomenal finish,” Pfeuffer said.

Behler won in 16:09.07 and led Kohler to the team win with 50 points. Kohler is ranked No. 1 in Division 3.

Cedar Grove-Belgium had 71 points, and Ozaukee had 79.

Senior Mason Hoopman led the Rockets, finishing fourth in 16:48.04.

“Mason ran a solid race again, breaking 17:00 for the first time,” Langer said.

Jamison Velzke was seventh in 17:08.63, and Will Huenink was 10th in 17:21.34.

“Getting three runners onto the conference first team was impressive, as both Jamison and Will ran really tough over the last 1,000 meters to earn their spots,” Langer said.

Wes Huenink was 16th in 17:35.89, and Michael Kuerschner was 35th in 18:46.71.

Carsen Voskuil was 39th in 18:57.46 and Reid Ketterhagen was 48th in 19:23.17.

“Wes had a solid race, really getting out strong over the first mile, which put him in good early position, which he used, along with a strong last 800 meters to earn second team all-conference honors,” Langer said. “Michael continues to improve as the season progresses, and Carsen had a big drop in time to break 19:00 for the first time.”

Behind Klaus, Aaron Nehls was ninth in a season-best 17:20.06, making the Big East first team. Chase Miller was 15th in a personal-record 17:34.51 and made the second team. Brice Schueller was 24th in 18:05.06, earning honorable mention. Riley Borchardt was 31st in 18:35.17.

Dane Zimdars was 37th in 18:48.68 and Ottot Utecht was 47th in 19:17.06.

“The boys ran well on a really flat and fast course,” Pfeuffer said. “They went out there and competed in one of the toughest conferences in Division 3 and were right in the mix at the top.”

The Rockets and Warriors race in a Division 3 sectional at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday.

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