Goslings, Phoenix race at Wisco invite
WEST ALLIS — Watertown’s boys cross country team placed seventh while the girls finished 13th at the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational on Thursday at McCarty Park.
Senior Matthew Engel finished eighth in 16 minutes, 56 seconds to lead Watertown’s boys.
Junior Izak Jensen (44th, 17:38), sophomore Christopher Kitzhaber (58th, 18:02), senior Joshua Vana (73rd, 18:13) and sophomore Nathan Williams (76th, 18:17) rounded out the team score of 259. Freshman Oliver Meyers (101st, 18:45) and sophomore Joshua Krueger (120th, 19:20) turned in the team’s sixth and seventh finishes. Williams, Meyers and Krueger also posted personal best times.
“Matthew was in 17th or 18th place at (the mile mark) and kept aggressively tracking down runners ahead of him the rest of the way,” Watertown cross country coach Kirk Wackett said.
Watertown’s girls scored 341 points.
Senior Marissa Wackett (15th, 20:24), juniors Cara Smith (51st, 21:26) and Vanessa Olson (79th, 22:09), and sophomores Jadyn Zechzer (96th, 22:54) and Emma Gilbertsen (100th, 23:01) scored for the Goslings. Senior Michaelee Teska (101st, 23:06) was the team’s sixth finisher.
“Marissa’s time was a new personal best,” coach Wackett said. “She made up 12-13 places after the first mile to get into the medals. I feel really good about our progress. Many of our athletes are running as well as they ever have and have found their groove at the right time.”
Watertown runs at the Badger South Conference meet on Friday, Oct. 12, at Lake Farm County Park in Madison.
LPS girls 11th, boys 14th
Luther Prep’s girls finished 11th with a 305 score.
Senior Abby Buege (19th, 20:31), junior Hannah Schroede (61st, 21:39), sophomore Kate Mensching (64th, 21:47), freshman Maureen Habben (68th, 21:54) and junior Katie Butler (93rd, 22:45) scored for the Phoenix.
Luther Prep’s boys placed 14th with a 334 score.
Juniors Ben Bode (37th, 17:32), Camden Sulzle (38th, 17:32+), Caleb Arndt (64th, 18:06), Christopher Baumann (88th, 18:29) and Ethan Horn (107th, 18:53) scored for the Phoenix.
“It was fun to see the athletes run with the Milwaukee area teams,” Luther Prep cross country coach Naomi Fritz said. “Special highlight from tonight was Abby Buege placing in the top 20. As the team said in practice on Wednesday afternoon, our goal is to run our race, focus on what we can do, and use the other people to make us better. The Phoenix were strong today and many season best times were achieved. It was a wonderful day to run and they did well.”
Some of the Phoenix athletes will run on Tuesday at the St. John’s Military Invitational.
Team scores — boys: Marquette 72, Wisconsin Lutheran 81, Middleton 144, Kenosha Indian Trail 150, Menomonee Falls 170, Wauwatosa East 189, Verona 226, West Allis 233, Catholic Memorial 253, Watertown 259, Kenosha Bradford/Reuther 292, Sun Prairie 318, Mukwonago 325, Luther Prep 334, Brookfield Central 380, Baraboo 382, New Berlin Eisenhower 400, Oconomowoc 439, Pius XI 530, St. John’s 622, Bradley Tech 684.
Team scores — girls: Milwaukee King 59, Menomonee Falls 87, Arrowhead 109, DSHA 115, Kenosha Indian Trail 141, Middleton 172, Oconomowoc 213, Sun Prairie 225, Wisconsin Lutheran 225, Carol Stream 256, Luther Prep 305, Wauwatosa East 335, Watertown 341, New Berlin Eisenhower 358, Kenosha Bradford/Reuther 403, Catholic Memorial 491, Pius XI 519.