Ozaukee nearly legs out cross country sweep

Clark leads four girl medalists in Lightning Invite victory; Klaus paces boys’ second-place finish
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Ozaukee High School girls’ and boys’ cross country teams went 1-2 in the Lightning Invite at Lake Country Lutheran on Saturday.

The girls placed four runners in the top 10 and eked out a victory with 45 points, two ahead of Waukesha South in the five-team meet.

The boys had three runners in the top 10 and nearly made it a double win, scoring 46 points and nearly catching Catholic Memorial’s 45 in the six-team meet.

Junior Meredith Clark led the Warrior girls by running the 5,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 44.5 seconds, good for fifth of 42 runners (fourth of the schools fielding full teams and counting toward the team score).

Junior Clara McKee was next in 22:25.4 in ninth (seventh). Junior Rebecca Hoffmann was right behind in 22:29.3 and in 10th (eighth). Senior Sarah Tinder was 14th (10th) in 22:56.1. All four earned medals.

Junior Kenna Pierson was 20th (16th) in 24:02.4.

“Our girls ran hard and competed against some new competition this weekend. We had a hard week of practice and the girls still came out and raced tough,” coach Andrew Pfeuffer said.

“Sarah Tinder had a great meet and stepped up to the challenge. She set a new personal record by almost 10 seconds and helped push our girls’ team to a win with her strong and consistent performance.”

University School of Milwaukee was third with 68 points, followed by Lake Country Lutheran’s 89 and Catholic Memorial’s 104.

Four Warrior boys bring home medals

Senior Owen Klaus paced the Warrior boys, taking second of 50 runners in 16:46.5, just six seconds from the title.

Junior Aaron Nehls was fifth (fourth) in 17:38.8. Senior Chase Miller was 10th (ninth) in 18:23.1. Senior Riley Borchardt was 16th (13th) in 18:38. The quartet earned medals.

Sophomore Brice Schueller was 21st (18th) in 19:07.6.

“Riley Borchardt had a great race this week. He took off 20 seconds and earned a new career personal record. He really stepped up to the plate and kept hunting throughout the course to run a great time and overall race,” Pfeuffer said.

“The boys competed well against multiple Division 1 and Division 2 schools and raced tough on a winding and hilly course. We knew it was going to be a tight battle with Catholic Memorial, and the boys gave it everything they had that day but came up short against a good team.”

Waukesha South was third with 67 points, followed by University School of Milwaukee’s 88, Lake Country Lutheran’s 102 and Heritage Christian’s 152.

The Warriors run in the Port Washington Invite on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Tendick Park in the Town of Saukville.

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