Local runners excel in Port Invite at Tendick Park

Pirates, Rockets, Warriors face fast competition
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Several Division 1 and 2 state-ranked high school cross country teams converged on Tendick Park in the Town of Saukville last Thursday, and the Port Washington girls stayed right with most of them.

The Pirates scored 118 points and finished fourth of 15 teams. Slinger won with 19 followed by Brookfield East, 81, and Neenah, 102.

Of those, Slinger is ranked No. 1 in Division 1, Brookfield East is seventh and Neenah is 10th.

Port beat Plymouth, which scored 169 points and is ranked 11th in Division 2.

“It’s not exactly an easy meet. We were right up there with Neenah,” Port coach Joe Adamak said.

“I always like to take on the best competition. I don’t like to always be running against smaller teams.”

All six of Port’s runners had some of their best races of the year, he said, led by Abbey Lotz’s ninth place of 111 runners. She ran the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes, .38 seconds. Braeya Thomas was 20th in 20:45.85. Both earned medals.

Madison Myers was 26th in 21:06.82. Mia Blum was 33rd in 21:20.32. Payton Wysocki was 34th in 21:23.68. Reagan Jerome was 55th in 21:50.04.

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s girls were ninth with 253 points. Top runner Hadley Heimerman was held out, but Faith Konzak earned a medal by finishing 17th in 20:43.46.

Mallory Arroyo was 54th in 21:47.02. Ashleigh Mc Cluskey was 58th in 21:58.31. Amara Beernink was 75th in 22:43.9, and Elise Brill was 76th in 22:44.27.

“Faith continues to run well and has been running very consistently, which bodes well for her and the team as we approach the championship portion of the season. She was able to earn an individual medal, which is tough to come by at a meet like this,” coach Brandon Langer said.

“I think the week of homecoming and the festivities associated with it wore on the girls a bit, but they should be fully recovered by the time the conference meet rolls around.”

The Ozaukee girls were shorthanded due to illness and injury and finished 12th with 323 points.

Meredith Clark was 49th in 21:38. Becky Hoffmann was 60th in 22:09. Sarah Tinder was 71st in 22:38. Kenna Pierson was 72nd in 22:38, and Chloe Dybul was 111th in 27:29.

“I thought they handled the adversity, competition, and course well,” coach Andrew Pfeuffer said.

Rocket, Warrior boys impress

The Rocket boys finished fourth of 16 teams with 160 points, followed by Ozaukee in fifth with 170.

Hartford won with 49, followed by Slinger, 69; and Brookfield East, 90.

“They are starting to put it together,” Langer said of his boys. “They were able to beat Ozaukee for the first time this year, so that is something we can definitely build on.”

Mason Hoopman was seventh in 17:13.11. Jamison Velzke was 21st in 17:40.18. Will Huenink was 25th in 17:56.02. Wes Huenink was 36th in a personal-record 18:12.64. Michael Kuerschner was 76th in a season-best 19:21.85.

For Ozaukee, Owen Klaus again ran well, taking second place of 124 runners in 16:51.33, just five seconds from first.

“Owen did a great job handling the tough competition around him and battling the whole race,” Pfeuffer said. “He stuck right in there, gave it his all, and almost took home a victory at a big meet. He’s continuing to hone in his racing tactics each week, and I’m excited to see him compete down the stretch.”

Aaron Nehls was 16th in 17:32.98 and earned a medal. Chase Miller was 35th in 18:11.04. Brice Schueller was 49th in 18:50.77, and Riley Borchardt was 73rd in 19:18.29.

“It was good to see our boys step up and battle some great competition.  For them to take fifth place as a team at a difficult invite is encouraging,” Pfeuffer said.

The Rockets and Warriors run in the Big East Conference race in Reedsville on Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Port boys were seventh with 195 points.

Jameson Parulksi was 23rd in 17:49.51, a personal record and the second-fastest freshman in the race, coach Mark Pasten said.

Alex Anewenter was 24th in a personal-record 17:53.42.

“He did a good job of getting out aggressively on the start and being competitive,” Pasten said.

Gino Feciskonin was 26th in 17:58.67.

“Gino ran a very smart race and steadily moved up throughout the race to finish with a new personal-best time,” Pasten said.

Pete Lotz was 57th in 18:58..09, and Finn Ritter was 70th in 19:07.95.

Port and Grafton run in the North Shore Conference meet at Tendick Park on Saturday, Oct. 15.

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