Jefferson boys 5th, girls 6th on
STOUGHTON — Jefferson’s boys cross country team placed fifth while the girls finished sixth at the Stoughton Invitational on Saturday.
The Eagle boys scored 160 points, led by junior Ian Sande’s 15th place finish in 16 minutes, 55 seconds. Senior Logan Dzielinski (24th, 17:10), sophomore Colton Drew (32nd, 17:26), senior Ryan Nelson (37th, 17:37) and senior Alex Marin (52nd, 17:58) also scored for Jefferson.
“The boys team had a great day,” Jefferson cross country coach Megan Carstens said. “They took advantage of the cool temperatures and fast course.
“Ian Sande once again led the team. He was more aggressive with his start and maintained his positioning throughout the race, finishing in his best time of the season.
“Logan Dzielinski also finished in the top 25 and was able to take home a medal. Colton Drew stepped up huge today and ran his fastest time by over a minute.
“Ryan Nelson finished as our fourth runner. Even though it was not his strongest race, I was extremely proud of him for battling through and finishing as best as he could for the team. Alex Marin ran a smart race continually moving up throughout the race.
“Rounding out our varsity seven were sophomore Taylor Phillips (77th, 18:51) and Alex Ellifson (82nd, 19:09).”
Madison West freshman Genevieve Nashold won the girls race in 18:06.
Jefferson senior Mariah Linse finished second in 18:46 to lead the Eagles. Sophomore Makenzie Hottinger (seventh, 19:44), sophomore Emily Hollenberger (48th, 21:28), freshman Julia Ball (52nd, 21:31) and sophomore Ahna Kammer (56th, 21:49) also contributed to Jefferson’s team score of 165.
“The girls team ran hard against extremely tough competition,” Jefferson cross country coach Megan Carstens said. “We were happy to be able to attend the Stoughton Invitational for the first time. It was an amazing day of racing with cool temperatures, light winds, and a fast course. The team recorded some of the fastest times of the season.”
Linse passed Middleton freshman Lauren Pansegrau (third, 18:49) and Waunakee senior Reagan Hoopes (fourth, 18:56) in the latter portion of the race.
“Mariah led the girls with a second place finish,” Carstens said.
“She battled through the second mile with the fourth place finisher. Her phenomenal strength showed with about 400 meters to go. She passed the third place runner and kept her momentum going. In the final stretch she caught sight of the second place girl from Middleton and charged after her, passing her with less than 50 meters to go battling to the finish line.
“Makenzie Hottinger also had an extremely strong finish, placing seventh overall. Our pack worked together again with Emily Hollenberger as our third runner, Julia Ball, and Ahna Kammer, and finishing within seconds of each other.
“Ava Gallardo (63rd, 22:10) had the strongest race of her season closing the distance between herself and the pack. Nora Wichman (74th, 22:37) rounded out of varsity runners after battling an illness all week.”
Team scores: boys — Stevens Point 33, Sun Prairie 80, Monona Grove 81, Madison La Follette 91, Jefferson 160, Madison Memorial 177, Madison East 194, Stoughton 224, Middleton 224, Waunakee 274, Milton 297, Wisconsin Dells 312, Janesville Parker 368.
Team scores: girls — Madison West 45, Middleton 96, Waunakee 98, Monona Grove 101, Stoughton 134, Jefferson 165, Milton 209, Oregon 215, Wisconsin Dells 243, Madison La Follette 250, Sun Prairie 269, Madison East 310.