Maroon Boys/Girls Claim Silver at Border BattleIssue Date: September 26, 2019
Kitzinger Takes Gold, Maye Silver for Marinette
Marinette hosted a cross country border battle on Saturday, which the Upper Peninsula of Michigan will claim victory in.
Marquette and Menominee were first and second, respectively, in both the boys' and girls' standings, winning on a day where every runner had to work through wet, humid conditions at City Park in Marinette.
For second-place Menominee's girls, Hayden Buck was third overall of 53 runners with a time of 22 minutes, 16.3 seconds. Not far behind was Katie Anderla, who took sixth (22:45.6). Jaida Lesperance was 21st (25:17.8), Marin Park took 25th (25:41.5), Attica Brandt was 26th (25:45.3) and Mikayla Mead took 42nd (27:57.8).
Behind Wrightstown's girls were Marinette's in fourth. Marinette had the fastest girl in the race in Katelyn Kitzinger, who won the race by nearly three-fourths of a minute (21:29.6).
Running cross country is never easy, but Kitzinger didn't seem to mind the added challenge of some water and mud on the course.
"It's fun because it's our home meet. It's my last one, so I just went out there and had fun but it was super wet and muddy all over the place. It just wasn't one spot," she said. "It kind of made it fun, made it challenging."
Kitzinger is feeling good down the stretch in her senior season.
"I've been feeling better and stronger every race, so I really don't have to gauge it, it's just my race," she said. "I give 100 percent for that day. Whatever it is, I'll be happy with it."
After Kitzinger were Hadley Reines in 17th (24:44.2), Molly Knutson in 20th (25:14.8), 27th-place Samantha Pieper (25:50.7), Maya Carviou in 39th (27:35.8), Ava Dahlman in 40th (27:45.9) and Alli Kacalo in 46th (28:55.2).
Coleman's girls were fifth of six complete teams. Faith King took fourth overall (22:19) despite being off of practice all week due to a class trip.
"It was still a really nice day and I couldn't be more excited to run today," King said, having picked up the pace on her final mile despite a relatively hilly course in Marinette.
Sara Seefeldt was 1th (24:01.7), Mariah Mursau was 28th (26:08.4) and Ember Dewitt placed 29th, less than a second behind (26:09). Molly Seefeldt took 31st (26:16.1), Megan Seefeldt was 44th (28:18) and Mariah Payette took 45th (28:52.8).
Coach Becky Chaltry said the course was wet, as to be expected, but overall it was a well-run meet and she was happy with her team's performance, from the middle school on up through her senior leaders.
Beyond the full teams, Lena, Suring, Wausaukee and other teams from around the area each had at least one runner. Wausaukee's Madelyn Schlies was 13th overall with a time of 24:16.2.
For Lena, Alexis Misco took 34th (27:11.3), Megan Shallow was 43rd (28:00.2), Samara Vanark took 52nd (36:12.9) and Ciara Urbanek placed 53rd (39:17.5).
For Suring, Olivia Noack was 22nd (25:18.5), Hailey Thomson was 23rd (25:26.7), Chantelle Vandenelzen was 41st (27:47.7) and Madison Vandenelzen placed 49th (30:31.7).
For Menominee's second place boys, Hunter Shepeck placed seventh of 67 total runners (18:57.7), Landen Clausen was ninth (19:08), Nick Sandahl took 20th (20:56.1), Braeden Park placed 23rd (20:56.1), Adam Sandahl took a 28th-place finish (21:27.8), Evan Casey was 29th (21:31.6) and Jason Bowers took 40th (22:32.4).
Coleman's boys were third of eight full teams. Karson Casper took 13th (19:47.3) and Noah Rennie was 14th (20:00.4) to lead Coleman.
"The course was wet, but we expected that going into warmups," Casper said. "We just had to deal with the conditions and make the most out of it. The hills are a challenge coming out of the muck. You're slowing down already before you go uphill and it makes a difference, of course, but we do train on hills once a week, roughly, so we were prepared for it."
Alex Rennie took 17th (20:35.9). Chaltry was excited about adding the Rennie boys to her team this year, having had to replace quite a few of her runners from last year's strong team.
"What hard workers and just great all-around boys," she said.
Change Gruber was 37th (22:22.9), John Nowak was 42nd (22:42.2), Ray Lemieux was 44th (22:51.6) and Sam King placed 47th (23:09.5).
Marinette's boys took fifth, led by second-place finisher Matt Maye (18:32), who was the fastest runner on the Wisconsin side of the border battle and the fastest runner in the area, with only a Marquette runner besting him on the day.
Despite taking silver, he wasn't satisfied, left wanting the gold medal.
"I just wish I got the gold," he said. I'm just disappointed."
He may have gotten the gold had he not missed a flag and had to stop to turn around, something that happened to a couple of runners on the day.
"I was right on him. I was about to pass him and then I had to turn around," he said of Marquette's Moses Waite. "Disappointing."
Alec Queever was 18th (20:36.4), Ryan Demith took 25th (21:08.4), Caden Sullivan took 38th (22:26) and Jake Somerfelt was 59th (25:54.4).
Lena took seventh. Kadin Baxter was 19th (20:45.8), Cody Dellise took 26th (21:20.4), Dylan Comins took 35th (22:06.9), Reed Hosking took 46th (23:04.1), Max Beyer was 50th (23:54.8) and Luke Misco came in 57th (24:47.1).
For Wausaukee, Cole Caylor placed 22nd (21:04.9), Andrew Schroeder took 33rd (21:54.6), Casey Nutt was 39th (21:54.6) and Mikeal Shedlock-Davis took 60th (25:57.6).
Bulldogs Compete in Smiley Invitational
The Peshtigo Bulldog Cross Country team competed at the 63rd annual Smiley Invitational held in Wausau on Saturday.
The Peshtigo Boys finished 9th out of 18 division 2 teams.
Caleb Smith once again led the Bulldogs finishing in 9th place with a time of 17:23. Andrew Nelson finished 19th in 17:48, Logan Smith was 32nd (18:15), Cole Grabian came in at 81st (20:24), Matt Jornlin was 102nd with a 21:46, and Rowan Gillespie was 119th at 25:42.
The Peshtigo Girls finished in 10th place out of 15 teams in Division 2. Sydney Lund led the Bulldogs with a 12th place finish clocking in at 21:50. Emily Halfman was 41st (23:28), Bev Bloch came in at 67th (25:14), Jessi Swiatnicki was 73rd (25:48) and Maria Powers rounded out the Peshtigo scoring at 81st (26:09).
Tigers Fare Well Against Big School Competition
Gillett headed to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside to run with the big boys and girls over the weekend, taking on almost exclusively Milwaukee area schools and representing northeast Wisconsin with pride.
The Gillett girls took fifth of 31 teams on the day. Of a whopping 183 runners, Tiger junior Syliva Hansen took 12th (20:51.4) and Ryann Wagner was 14th (20:54.9). Cheyenne Krueger took 50th (22:35.4), Alaina Herzog was 63rd (23:08.8), Angela Mosconi placed 68th (23:16.5), Amber Brehmer was 135th (25:40.2) and Macey Franti placed 153rd (26:39.7).
Brookfield Central, Port Washington and Divine Savior Holy Angels were the top three teams in the girls' race, with Oak Creek fourth ahead of Gillett.
The Gillett boys were solid as well, taking 10th of 38 teams.
Of 236 runners, Gillett freshman Alex Peterson flashed his skills with a 14th-place finish (17:20.5).
He was followed by teammates Derek Hanson in 38th (17:55.8), Evan Peterson in 67th (18:28), Connor Hanson in 119th (19:13.5), Riley Engebretsen in 161st (20:02.4) and Antonio Lizzaraga in 219th (22:39.3).
The top teams in the boys' race were Aquinas, Waukesha North and Menomonee Falls.
Maroons, Wolverines Compete at Stephenson Invitational
Were it not for a dominant performance by Marquette, the Menominee Maroons may have come away with a win in the boys' cross country invite in Stephenson on Thursday.
Marquette absolutely dominated the 61-runner race, with three of the top four finishers on the day and seven of the top 10.
Menominee, meanwhile, finished with runners in fifth and sixth and a handful in the teens.
Hunter Shepeck took fifth (18:41.2) and Landen Clausen was sixth (18:55.5) as the juniors led the way for the Maroons.
Braeden Park was 15th (20:36.1), Evan Casey took 16th (20:49.1) and Nick Sandahl was 18th (20:57.6). Adam Sandahl was 22nd (21:19) and Jason Bowers was 28th (21:57.2).
In a meeting of almost entirely Michigan teams, lone Wisconsin team representative Crivitz was seventh of eight teams.
Joey Pickett was 17th for the Wolverines (20:51.2), Jacob Behrendt took 33rd (22:58.8), Fox Gerner was 48th (24:41.4), Chad Schroeder placed 49th (24:42.3), Liam Roman came in 53rd (25:56.7) and Kougar Wagner placed 61st (31:43.3).
Florence's lone runner, Seth Axley, took 29th (21:58.1).
On the girls' side, Menominee was third behind Marquette and Kingsford.
Menominee was led by Hayden Buck in fourth place of 53 (22:19). Katie Anderla was 10th (22:56.6), Jaida Lesperance was 15th (24:16.8), Attica Brandt was 25th (25:23.1), Maren Park placed 26th (25:37.5) and Mikakah Mead came in 32nd (26:56).
Crivitz was seventh of eight teams. Bella Galindo took 12th (23:15.8), Riley Roman was 19th (24:56.1), Taylor Giese took 41st (29:17.4), Zoey Brown came in 42nd (29:17.7) and Brook Bourne rounded out the Wolverine runners in 51st (33:55.5).
Florence had a full girls' team, taking eighth. Faith Neuens led the way with a 18th-place finish (24:46.9), Kiera Sullivan took 35th (28:02.1), Julia Hallgren was 43rd (29:30.1), Audrey Selden took 44th (29:35.5), Kathleen Selden placed 47th (30:57.1) and Crystal Leffler was 49th (32:00.6).
Compete at Bay Port
Coleman competed at the Bay Port cross country invitational on Thursday.
Of nine teams, both Coleman's boys and girls were ninth.
For the Coleman boys, Karson Casper led the way with a 23rd-place finish (18:56.9). Noah Rennie was 47th (20:00.7), Ray LeMieux took 58th (21:05.8), Alex Rennie was 59th (21:15.1), Sam King was 61st (22:43.7) and John Nowak placed 62nd (22:46.5).
Appleton North and De Pere were first and second as boys' teams, respectively.
For the Coleman girls, Sara Seefeldt took 47th (24:21.1), Ember DeWitt was 54th (25:44.5), Molly Seefeldt came in 55th (25:55.2), Megan Seefeldt was 56th (26:07.6), Mariah Mursau was 57th (26:36) and Mariah Payette took 58th (27:01.8).
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