Ozaukee lady runners are speeding up

Behind season bests and personal records, girls win two straight cross country meets
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Ozaukee girls’ cross country team made it two in a row last Thursday.

The Warriors won their second straight meet, this time scoring 40 points at the Panther Invite in Reedsville.

Kelley Large led the way by taking second place in the 5,000-kilometer course in 21 minutes, 16 seconds. Jenna Schueller took fourth in 21:49, a personal record by 20 seconds.

Amy Hoffmann had a season-best 22:07 for 10th. Ally Clark tied a PR with a 22:09 for 12th, and Ashlee Mueller took 17th in 22:47, a PR by 26 seconds.

“Our girls pack running helped push the pace and had all seven of our varsity runners in the top 25 places,” coach Andrew Pfeuffer said.

The meet follows a victory Sept. 20 at the Jim Bremser Invite in Mishicot, where the Warriors scored 49 points to win. Large took third in 21:04. Hoffmann was 10th in 22:08. Schueller was 11th in 22:14.

Grace Tinder was 12th in 22:18. Clark was 13th in 22:31.

“The Ozaukee girls pack running proved to be a strong tactic again as they placed all seven varsity runners in top 30 places and our top five runners within the top 13 places,” Pfeuffer said.

“They started out fast and were able to maintain through the second mile and finished hard to set multiple season best or personal-record performances.”

The boys last Thursday took ninth place of 13 teams at Reedsville.

Hayden Rice took 18th in a PR 18:17. Matt Baldwin was 29th in 18:51, a PR by 24 seconds. Tyler Mueller was 39th in a PR 19:19. Mason Thill was 81st in a season-best 23:14, and Brock Berend was 82nd in 23:34, a PR by 55 seconds.

“They continue to move up and love to compete and push their limits,” Pfeuffer said.

The boys on Sept. 20 scored 262 points for 10th of 16 teams.

Rice was 17th in 18:21. Baldwin was 28th in 19:15. Mueller was 32nd in 19:30. Thill was 94th in 23:57. Berend was 97th in 24:29.

The Warriors next run Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Port Washington Invite at Tendick Park in the Town of Saukville.

CG-Belgium runners had busy week

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s cross country teams held a couple of runners out of the Sheboygan County Invite at Sheboygan Lutheran since it was three days after their previous meet.

The boys took third with 90 points, behind Kohler’s 34 and the host’s 66.

Quinn Hoopman was sixth in 18:00. Ben Fleuchaus was 15th in 18:32. Bryce Ketterhagen was 21st in 18:43. Andrew Reichert was 22nd in 18:52. Logan Ketterhagen was 26th in 19:07.

The girls took seventh with 203 points. Cheyenne Simonet was 20th in 22:27. Grace Voskuil was 27th in 23:04. Jacy Zajac was 39th in 23:42. Sara Burns was 55th in 25:26, and Natalie Davies was 62nd in 26:56.

At the Roy Griak Invite at the University of Minnesota, the boys scored 352 points to take 24th of 53 teams.

Hoopman was 57th in 18:04. Fleuchaus was 67th in 18:09. Bryce Ketterhagen was 189th in 19:01. Reichert was 194th in 19:04, and Logan Ketterhagen was 197th in 19:06.

The girls scored 704 points to take 28th.

Karen Ibarra was 61st in 21:09. Lyndsay Sass was 152nd in 22:16. Voskuil was 163rd in 22:18. Simonet was 164th in 22:19, and Anna Claerbaut was 194th in 22:39.

“We talked about getting out in good position early as the course bottlenecks after about 400 meters, and even half a second of hesitation at the start will cost you 20 to 30 spots, as the meet featured over 50 teams. Both teams did a good job of executing this portion of the race strategy,” coach Brandon Langer said.

The Rockets next run at the Port Washington Invite at Tendick Park.

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