Kitzinger Wins D2 Sectional Title; Bulldogs Run Tough at TomahawkIssue Date: October 31, 2019
Marinette's Katelyn Kitzinger is saving her best for last.
Kitzinger, a senior, is headed to state after a first-place finish at the Division II Tomahawk Sectional on Saturday. She ran a 19-minute, 28.8-second time to top the 98-runner field by about five seconds.
As a team, Marinette was ninth, meaning the Marines aren't headed to state, but Kitzinger will get one last race in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday.
For the rest of the team, Samantha Pieper was 52nd (22:43.2), Hadley Reines was 58th (22:49.9), Alli Kacalo took 79th (24:35.1), Ava Dahlman was 85th (25:08.7), Korissa Allgeyer took 93rd (26:44) and Makenzie Hebert was 94th (26:44.3).
The Oconto Falls girls were eighth in the 14-team field. Autumn Canavera was 23rd (21:13.1), Carleigh Kaczmarek took 29th (21:29.8), Autumn Magnin was 49th (22:38.5), Alexis Euclide took 62nd (23:19.9), Morgan Van Haren took 70th (23:46.2), Sydney Bell was 73rd (24:02.1) and Alyson Fabry was 86th (25:08.7).
The Peshtigo girls took 10th, led by 2018 state qualifier Sydney Lund. "Syd ran a good race and just missed a berth to the state meet by 2 places." said Peshtigo coach Keith Nault. This year, the sophomore missed out by a couple places, taking 13th with a personal record time of (20:11.3). Emily Halfman took 56th (22:45.7), Beverly Bloch was 66th (23:32.2), senior Maria Powers took 69th, in a season record time of 23:43 to close out her final year of cross country. Jessi Swiatnicki placed 76th (24:22.2) and Salsabeel Salem came in 98th (29:20.1).
Tomahawk and Freedom were first and second and will head to state.
On the boys' side, no area runners are heading to state in Division II. Marinette's Matt Maye was the closest to making state, but he came up a few places short with an 11th-place finish despite a strong run that nearly broke the 17-minute mark (17:00.1). Alec Queever took 56th (18:29.5), Caden Sullivan took 78th (19:39), Ryan Demith took 80th (19:43) and Jake Sommerfelt was 97th (21:41.6) for the 14th-place Marines.
Peshtigo was 11th. "Freshman Andrew Nelson and sophomore Logan Smith stepped up their performance and ran personal records", said Nault, but the pair missed out on a state trip with 20th and 25th-place finishes of 104. Nelson finished in 17:20.2, Smith in 17:28.5. Caleb Smith was 47th with a time of 18:09.5, Senior Matt Jornlin finished his last high school cross country meet running a personal record of 20.03, taking 83rd, Cole Grabian was 85th (20:11.6) and Rowan Gillespie placed 104th (24:02.6). "I'm very proud of the performances and growth exhibited by all of the athletes at sectionals and throughout the season. They are a hard working and exciting group to work with and Coach Ethan Nault and I are already looking forward to next season," added Nault.
The Oconto Falls boys took 13th, with Joe Adams finishing in 33rd (17:46.2), Brendan Konitzer in 50th (18:17.2), Braden Uelman taking 67th (18:59.9), Isaac Raddatz taking 74th (19:15.1) and Tyler Budz finishing 98th (21:49). Landon Budz was 101st (22:23.3) and Matthew Loberger took 103rd (23:27.5).
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