Seven local runners earn North Shore honors

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The going wasn’t easy on Port Washington High School’s home cross country course at Tendick Park in the Town of Saukville last Saturday, but the Pirate girls stepped up to the challenge with four runners earning all-conference accolades.

Port finished fourth in the North Shore Conference meet with 116 points.

Slinger, ranked No. 1 in Division 1, dominated with 23 points, followed by Whitefish Bay’s 66 — despite its top runner dropping out — and Homestead’s 85.

“I think the team ran very well. We had some really good times,” Port coach Joe Adamak said.

Senior Abbey Lotz was seventh of 73 runners on the 5,000-meter course, finishing in 19 minutes, 43.1 seconds and making the NSC first team.

Senior Braeya Thomas was 17th in 20:28, making the second team.

Sophomore Madison Myers was 23rd in 20:46.8 and freshman Payton Wysocki was 29th in 21:10.3, both earning honorable mention and running career-best times.

“Any time you run your best time at Tendick, that’s quite the accomplishment,” Adamak said.

The course “actually has hills” — others don’t, Adamak said, and it offers varied terrain.

“Coaches love it because it’s a true cross country course,” Adamak said.

Freshman Mia Blum was 40th in 22;14.5, and sophomore Reagan Jerome was 41st in 22:17.1.

After Port came West Bend West, 162; Hartford, 196; West Bend East, 200; Nicolet, 202; Cedarburg, 218 and Grafton, 235.

Most of these schools are in a larger division and Port won’t see them in the postseason.

“We didn’t overemphasize the race. We still ran very well. There was quite a difference between us and West Bend West,” Adamak said.

For Grafton, freshman Callie Faust earned honorable mention, finishing 27th in 21:07.5.

Junior Evelyn Schmit was 36th in 21:46.9. Junior Josie Gehrke was 50th in 22:57.6. Sophomore Josstyn Durst was 62nd in 23:33.9, and freshman Mia McKinnis was 66th in 24:18.2.

Port, Grafton land two on NSC team

The Port Washington boys finished seventh in the NSC meet with 200 points, and Grafton was ninth with 250.

Port sophomore Alex Anewenter was 17th in 17:23 — a personal best by 30 seconds, coach Mark Pasten said — and made the second team.

Senior Gino Feciskonin was 33rd in 17:48.5.

“Gino had a strong last mile and a very good finishing kick, which got him to a personal-best time. He has consistently improved with each race this season,” Pasten said.

Freshman Jameson Parulski was 34th in 17:49.2.

“Jameson was dealing with a side stitch, but battled through it and ended up running a time that equaled his personal best,” Pasten said.

Sophomore Pete Lotz was 61st in 18:47.9. Senior Finn Ritter was 63rd in 19:01.9, and senior Bryce Grant was 64th in 19:03.1.

“Pete Lotz was able to improve by 11 seconds over his time from the week before,” Pasten said. “Finn Ritter used a strong finishing kick to edge out Bryce Grant as our fifth runner on the day.”

It wasn’t an easy day to run, he said.

“The conditions were good for a cross country meet, but the gusty winds out of the west made some areas of the course pretty challenging,” Pasten said.

Hartford won with 49 points. Homestead had 68, followed by Whitefish Bay’s 94, Slinger’s 96, Cedarburg’s 105 and West Bend West’s 107. Nicolet was eighth with 204 and West Bend East was 10th with 259.

“The North Shore Conference is always competitive, but this is the deepest that I have ever seen it on the boys’ side,” Pasten said.

For Grafton, senior Gabe Mietkowski was 29th in 17:44.5, earning honorable mention.

Sophomore Tyler Swenson was 52nd in 18:30.5. Junior Keegan Vaculik was 57th in 18:40.4. Junior Trevor Nauta was 60th in 18:46.1. Freshman Luke Hanseon was 65th in 19:08.4, and senior Vikram Bangalore was 69th in 19:22.7.

Port and Grafton compete in the Portage Division 2 Sectional at Wyona Park in Wyocena on Saturday, Oct. 22.

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