Port girls run to win with shorthanded team

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Port Washington High School girls’ cross country team was again shorthanded last Saturday, but they were fast footed.

The Pirates had three runners finish in the top eight and won the Reedsburg Invitational with 36 points.

“I think they had a lot of fun,” coach Joe Adamak said.

Senior Abbey Lotz was second on the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 21.2 seconds, just seven seconds from first. Senior Braeya Thomas was third in 20:40.5, and sophomore Madison Myers was back from injury and finished eighth in 21:31.2.

“That’s the first time she’s even tried to run in a couple of weeks, so we’ll take it,” Adamak said.

Freshman Payton Wysocki was 12th in 21:41.5, and sophomore Reagan Jerome was 21st in 23:08.5.

Seven full teams competed. Several runners from incomplete teams fared well, including the champ, Marah Gruen of Royall.

This time, Port was missing freshman Mia Blum to an ankle injury. At a meet two weeks ago, Blum finished just ahead of Wysocki.

Myers and Wysocki run together, and Blum makes it a trio of Pirate speedsters who finish behind top runners Lotz and Thomas.

Sauk Prairie was second with 50 points, followed by Evansville’s 64 and Baraboo’s 74.

Port boys take silver at Reedsburg

The fastest runners for the Port Washington boys went 6-7-8 while champion Iowa-Grant’s finished 2-3-4.

Iowa-Grant, ranked No. 1 in Division 3 in the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association, beat 10 schools fielding full teams with 42 points, followed by Port’s 63. Portage had 90, and Baraboo had 105.

Sophomore Alex Anewenter finished sixth in 18:03.6, followed by freshman Jameson Parulksi in seventh in 18:08.8.

“Alex did a great job of putting himself near the front of the field off of the starting line and by the first mile was in the top 10. He then hung on from there,” Coach Mark Pasten said, adding Parulski kept up most of the way.

Senior Gino Feciskonin was eighth in 18:21.5.

“Gino continues to be an excellent leader for the team both by example and through his motivational speeches,” Pasten said.

Sophomore Pete Lotz was 17th in season-best 19:16.9, and senior Bryce Grant was 25th in 19:31.6 in his first action in two weeks due to a leg injury.

Port hosts an invite at Tendick Park Thursday, Oct. 6.

Grafton girls field full team again

The Grafton girls got enough runners back for a full team at the Manitowoc Invite, and the Black Hawks scored 329 points and finished 12th of 17 teams. Wauwatosa East won with 53, beating Kaukauna’s 56.

For Grafton, freshman Callie Faust was 16th on 124 runners in 20:09.2. Josie Gehrke was 55th in 21:24.4. Evelyn Schmit was 67th in 21:52.5. Josstyn Durst was 107th in 24:00.1, and Kate Sarbacker was 109th in 24:06.4.

The Hawk boys scored 283 points and finished 13th of 16 teams. Stevens Point won with 28 points. Cedarburg had 103.

Hawk Keegan Vaculik was 49th on 130 runners in 18:12.7.

Tyler Swenson was 60th in 18:32. Trevor Nauta was 62nd in 18:38.2. Luke Hanson was 64th in 18:40.9, and Mason Volkman was 82nd in 19:12.6.

The Hawks run Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Terry Krall Invite in Slinger.

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