Cross country: LPS girls win large division at Poynette
POYNETTE — Luther Prep’s girls cross country team narrowly edged Capitol North rival and defending sectional champion Lake Mills 42 points to 46 to take the large division title at the Poynette Invitational on Thursday.
Lodi senior Isabelle Clary won the girls race in 21 minutes, 23 seconds to edge out Luther Prep junior Maya Habben, whose second place time of 21:25 paced the Phoenix.
Sophomore Katelyn Mensching (sixth, 22:19), senior Abby Buege (seventh, 22:20), junior Hannah Schroeder (10th, 22:29) and freshman Maureen Habben (17th, 23:29) also scored for Luther Prep.
“It was a wonderful day for the Phoenix,” Luther Prep cross country coach Naomi Fritz said. “The girls continue to be solid encouragers and competitors. Having four girls in the top 10 was a nice accomplishment.”
Lake Mills was led by sophomore Jade Pitta (third, 21:37) and junior Stacie Dressel (fourth, 21:58). Sophomores Brooke Fair (11th, 22:48), Lauren Winslow (13th, 23:04) and Reese Willie (15th, 23:06) also scored for the L-Cats.
Lakeside Lutheran’s girls were fifth with 116 points.
Freshman Mya Hemling (ninth, 22:26), sophomores Jada Gresens (19th, 23:47) and Haylee Meske (28th, 24:10) and juniors Abbie DiGiovanni (29th, 24:12) and Maddie Abel (31st, 24:16) scored for the Warriors.
“With a short week of practice, we were ready to toe the line once again in competition and saw some overall improvement nearly all around in times,” Lakeside Lutheran cross country coach Cameron Ausen said.
“On the girls’ side, we also saw how much better the Capitol Conference continues to be with Luther Prep winning the meet over sixth-ranked Lake Mills, Lodi, and Columbus.
“We will need to have our chase pack move up the ranks in order to compete with the top tier of the conference. Freshman Mya Hemling led the way with her ninth place finish in 22:26 in the large schools division after a very aggressive opening mile. Sophomore Jada Gresens improved on her previous race with a solid 19th place finish in 23:37.”
Phoenix boys 2nd; Warriors 6th, L-Cats 8th
Luther Prep’s boys took second among large division teams with 62 points.
Freshman Ben Bode (third, 18:11) and juniors Camden Sulzle (fourth, 18:12), Christopher Baumann (16th, 19:12), Ethan Horn (17th, 19:23) and William Carroll (22nd, 19:54) scored for the Phoenix.
“The boys team is growing stronger,” Fritz said. “Caleb Arndt needed to rest this meet. The rest of the team continues to jostle for who is going to be running varsity and in what order they will finish.”
Lakeside Lutheran’s boys were sixth among large division teams with a 138 score.
Junior August Gresens (ninth, 18:27), junior Ben Ertman (26th, 20:26), sophomores Cooper Clark (32nd, 21:25) and Micas Nasett (35th, 21:42) and freshman Jonathan Abel (36th, 21:43) scored for the Warriors.
“On the boys’ side, improvement was also evident as they continue to get the feel for the varsity experience on much of the roster,” Ausen said.
“The boys held their own in the varsity ranks with their sixth place finish and were led by junior August Gresens, who placed ninth in the large schools division while struggling a bit in covering the course in 18:27. Junior Ben Ertman was next to the line, coming home in 26th in 20:26.”
The Lake Mills boys were eighth with 188 points.
Senior Abe Flores (25th, 20:15), senior Ethan Lewllin (31st, 21:11), sophomore Sam Giombetti (41st, 22:04), senior Joe Reuss (43rd, 22:19) and sophomore Jaren Laws (48th, 22:36) scored for the L-Cats.
Large division girls: Luther Prep 42, Lake Mills 46, Lodi 87, Columbus 111, Lakeside Lutheran 116, Wautoma 143, Portage 170, Edgerton 172.
Large division boys: Wautoma 44, Luther Prep 62, Portage 71, Lodi 125, Edgerton 129, Lakeside Lutheran 138, Columbus 164, Lake Mills 188.