Pirate girls crack top 10 at state cross country meet


PORT WASHINGTON RUNNERS (left, from left) Abbey Lotz, Braeya Thomas, Madison Myers and Payton Wysocki helped Port to a ninth-place finish at the Division 2 state cross country meet. Above, Alex Anewenter was 71st. Left photo by Sam Arendt

By MITCH MAERSCH

Ozaukee Press staff

Times were slower due to unseasonable warm temperatures, but the Port Washington High School girls’ cross country team performed consistently across the board at the Division 2 state meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday.

The Pirates scored 224 points and finished ninth of 16 teams.

“It’s a very nice finish,” coach Joe Adamak said of cracking the top 10.

“Everybody had a good race, so that’s the best you can hope for.”

Senior Abbey Lotz was 31st of 152 runners (13th among runners on full teams), finishing the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 21.4 seconds. Fellow senior Braeya Thomas was 47th (26th) in 20:42.2.

“It was a good way for the seniors to go out. The whole season they got the girls motivated and going,” Adamak said.

Sophomore Madison Myers was 95th (58th) in 21:34.5. Freshman Mia Blum was 98th (61st) in 21:39.3, and freshman Payton Wysocki was 104th (66th) in 21:48.3.

Sophomore Reagan Jerome was 127th in 22:35.8, and freshman Avery Newell was 131st in a personal-record 22:45.

Times were generally slower, which Adamak attributed to temperatures in the mid-60s, but he said the Pirates ran well. It was a strong cap to a season that included a sectional title.

“I think they achieved all their goals for the season, so that’s a good season,” he said.

Xavier won with 81 points, followed by Dodgeville/Mineral Point, 124; Notre Dame, 140; Osceloa, 155; Amery, 161; Shawano Community, 186; Medford, 211; and West Salem, 221.

Grafton had two first-time qualifiers. Freshman Callie Faust was 56th in 20:59.5, and junior Evelyn Schmit was 81st in 21:21.

“Both Callie and Evelyn ran well for their first state appearance, and a strong fan base cheered them on.

“Some truly struggle, but both ladies took the attitude of learning, being proud to be there but still racing and competing  as hard as they could,” co-coach Celia Shaughnessy said.

“Both ladies are competitors so they always wish they gave more but as coaches we felt they ran extremely well.”

Anewenter overcomes side stitch

Port’s only boy qualifier, sophomore Alex Anewenter, was 71st of 152 runners in 17:46.2.

“He was hoping for a lower finish and a faster time, but he was not on his A game. His time at the first mile 5:25 and position in the field at 87th place was right about where we were hoping him to be,” coach Mark Pasten said.

“Unfortunately, he developed a side stitch right around that point and struggled to manage that pain for the last two miles of the race. He was able to move up 16 places over those last two miles and finished strong up the last hill. Alex had a very good season and I’m looking forward to having two more years to work with him.”

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