Jefferson girls 2nd, boys 5th at Ladish CC invite
EAST TROY — Jefferson’s girls cross country team finished second while the boys finished fifth at the Ladish Invitational at the Timber Lee Christian Center on Thursday.
Milwaukee King’s girls put four runners in the top 10 and won handily with a winning score of 41 points. Jefferson did edge Rock Valley rival East Troy for runner-up honors, 86 to 89. The Trojans had beaten Jefferson by 30 points just two weeks ago at the Palmyra-Eagle Invitational.
Senior Mariah Linse won the race in 19 minutes, 37 seconds. Sophomores Makenzie Hottinger (fourth, 20:33), Nora Wichman (23rd, 22:01), Emily Hollenberger (25th, 22:10) and Ahna Kammer (33rd, 22:44) also scored for the Eagles. Freshmen Julia Ball (39th, 23:10) and Ava Gallardo (60th, 24:57) turned in the team’s sixth and seventh finishes.
“The girls team had a really strong showing today against the toughest competition of the season so far,” Jefferson cross country coach Megan Carstens said.
“We had a nice one-two punch with Mariah and Makenzie. Mariah continued the same tactics all season by running with the leaders for a mile and then separating in the second mile. Makenzie raced incredibly smart, and took a full minute off her time from last year.
“Our pack of Nora, Emily and Ahna worked hard together to bump us up to a solid second place finish. Emily was a key today. She raced smart and pushed her teammates through the last mile.”
East Troy dominated the boys competition, outpacing runner-up Milwaukee King 41 to 69. Deerfield/Cambridge (101) took third, followed by Evansville (115), Jefferson (142) and New Berlin West (149) in the top six.
Junior Ian Sande (11th 17:53), seniors Alex Marin (17th, 18:24) and Logan Dzielinski (27th, 18:55) and sophomores Colton Drew (42nd, 19:33) and Alex Ellifson (45th, 19:39) scored for the Eagles. Freshmen Mason Marin (46th, 19:47) and Sawyer Thorp (47th, 19:54) turned in the team’s sixth and seventh finishes.
“Ian Sande has incredible racing instincts,” Carstens said. “He gradually moved up throughout the race and broke 18:00 for the first time this season. Alex Marin came in as our second runner after testing out starting more conservative and picking off people as he went. Logan fought hard today battling stomach issues the entire race. Rounding out our scoring runners were Colton Drew and Alex Ellifson.”
Jefferson races in Edgerton at Silverwood County Park on Tuesday.