Warriors fourth at Koshkonong Klassic
FORT ATKINSON — Lakeside Lutheran’s girls and boys cross country teams each finished fourth at the Koshkonong Klassic Invite on Thursday.
“It was very much a struggle in the team races where our lack of depth or presence up front was exposed by very good competition,” Lakeside Lutheran cross country coach Cameron Ausen said. “Despite the poor team standings, we had several individual races that stood out.
“On the girls’ side, we were led up front by freshman Mya Hemling (third place in 21 minutes, 38 seconds), who was struggling through some aches and pains during the race and ran courageously. Junior Kristin Karas (17th, 22:56) set a new personal best as our third runner as she continues to work her way up the ranks. Our pack was broken up a bit today, which had the team scores balloon in a hurry.”
Sophomore Jada Gresens (14th, 22:41) was the team’s second runner. Juniors Abbie DiGiovanni (19th, 23:02) and Lydia Krenke (25th, 23:46) rounded out the team’s scoring total of 77 points.
Lakeside’s boys finished with 97 points.
“On the boys’ side, inexperience of varsity-level running is again a central theme,” Ausen said. “We were led today by junior August Gresens (sixth, 18:03), who struggled in the middle mile of the race, but still was able to muster a good final mile. Sophomore Micah Nasett (27th, 20:11) was our second finisher with a fine race where he ran a strong second half.”
Freshman Jonathan Abel (28th, 20:30), sophomore Cooper Clark (29th, 20:33) and junior Ben Ertman (31st, 20:41) also scored for the Warriors.
Lakeside Lutheran travels to New Glarus for the Capitol Conference championships on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Team scores — girls: Fort Atkinson 37, Milton 54, McFarland 55, Lakeside Lutheran 77.
Team scores — boys: McFarland 24, Milton 49, Fort Atkinson 68, Lakeside Lutheran 97.