Port cross country flies into top 10

CG-Belgium’s teams look to close gap between runners; everyone medals as Ozaukee girls take second
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Port Washington High School’s cross country team managed to sneak into the top 10 at the Angel Invitational with one of five runners posting a personal-best time.

The Pirates scored 355 points to take ninth of 33 full teams at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Kenosha Bradford/Reuther won with 138.

Senior Brett Grisar ran the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes, 25 seconds, good for 25th place of runners in the team competition (28th overall).

Senior Zach Gephart was 31st (34) in 17:45.2. Junior Ben Pasten was 55th (59) in 18:29.2. Senior Joe Burke was 114th (120) in 19:34.6. Senior Jacob Deheck was 130th (137) in 19:45.

Freshman Gabe Pasten’s place didn’t count, but he was right behind Deheck in 131st (138) in 19:48.7.

Deheck was the only one to post a personal record, which was 2:04 faster than at this meet last year.

“Brett ran a very smart race and did a great job of setting the tone for Zach and Ben,” Coach Mark Pasten said.

“Zach continued his strong season by putting in a performance that was one minute faster than his race at this meet last season. Ben also had a good race and was able to run 1:20 faster than he did last season. Joe Burke continued his consistent performances by running a time that was 1:43 faster than last season at this meet.”

It wasn’t the Pirates’ best team race, and coach Pasten said he was surprised to be able to crack the top 10.

“I am very proud of the hard work this group put in over the summer to get to this level,” he said.

Port next runs Saturday at Manitowoc Lincoln.

The Cedar Grove-Belgium boys placed 13th in the meet with 386 points.

Senior Quinn Hoopman broke 18 minutes for the first time this season, finishing 35th (38) in 17:53.7.

“He looked strong, particularly during the middle portion of the race,” coach Brandon Langer said.

Junior Ben Fleuchaus was 74th (79) in 18:50.6. Freshman Nathanael Bruhn was 77th (82) in a season-best 18:52.5. Senior Bryce Ketterhagen was 92nd (98) in 19:09.6. Sennior Andrew Reichert was 108th (114) in 19:29.3.

“Pack running had been a strength of the boys the last two meets, but we had too large of a gap between our No. 1 and No. 2 runner. That is something we will focus on this week in practice,” Langer said.

The lady Rockets scored 268 points to take 10th of 28 teams. Divine Savior Holy Angels won with 55.

“Every varsity runner ran a season best,” Langer said.

Senior Karen Ibarra led the way with a 31st in 21:45.3, breaking 22 minutes for the first time this season.

Senior Grace Voskuil was 47th (48) in 22:40.1. Sophomore Payton Navis, last year’s No. 1 runner, started this year with 66th (68) in 23:10 after battling a hip issue.

“She is gradually working her way back fitness-wise, but it will just be a matter of time before she is back to where she was last year,” Langer said.

Senior Katie Mueller was 72nd (75) in 23:33.7, knocking more than a minute off of last year’s time. Freshman Lyndsay Sass was 82nd (85) in 23:45.1. Sophomore Cheyenne Simonet’s was right behind in 83rd (86) in 23:46.3, but her finish didn’t count.
“Our Nos. 4 to 7 runners have worked well in terms of pack running, and our focus is closing that gap between them and Grace Voskuil, who has consistently been our No. 2 runner,” Langer said.

“Overall, it was a good showing for both teams, as we enter the part of the season where the intensity of the workouts increases.”

The Rockets next run at the Lourdes Invitational in Oshkosh.

Everyone medals for Ozaukee girls

All seven varsity runners placed in the top 25 and earned a medal as the lady Ozaukee runners took second place of 19 teams in the Crusader Invite at Sheboygan Lutheran on Sept. 11.

Ozaukee scored 67 points. Oostburg, which had the winner, second and fifth-place runners, won with 36 points.

Kelley Large was third in a season-best 21:30. Jenna Schueller was 11th with a pesonal-record 22:09.

Grace Tinder was 19th in 22:41, and Ally Clark was 20th in 22:50. Both were season-best times.

Amy Hoffmann was 22nd in 23:08.

Ashlee Mueller was 24th in 23:24 in her first 5K, and Greta Klas was 25th in a season-best 23:25.

“The girls took another step forward this week and are looking to continue to improve,” coach Andrew Pfeuffer said.

The boys took 11th with 241 points. Brillion won with 70.

Sam Schubert was 19th in 18:41. Hayden Rice was 33rd in 19:18. Tyler Mueller was 38th in 19:38 and Matt Baldwin was 48th in 19:46, both personal records. Brock Berend was 141st in 26:16 in his first race.

“Our boys put together another solid outing and are continuing to learn each time they race with our young core,” Pfeuffer said.

“It’s really fun and exciting to see them pick up the sport so fast with a very young and fairly inexperienced team. They are willing to learn and take in a lot of information that we throw at them each week.”
The Warriors next run at Mishicot on Thursday.

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