Jefferson girls win Waukehsa XC Festival; Lake Mills girls take Belleville invite title
WAUKESHA — Jefferson’s girls cross country team placed three runners in the top 15 and outscored Grafton by 11 points to win the team title at the Waukesha XC Festival at Minooka Park on Saturday.
Mariah Linse won the race by 38 seconds in 19:35 to lead the Eagles. Makenzie Hottinger (third, 20:19) and Nora Wichman (14th, 21:35) joined Linse as top 20 medalists. Emily Hollenberger (33th, 22:20) and Ahna Kammer (31st, 22:21) also contributed to Jefferson’s winning score of 79 points.
“The girls were on fire today,” Jefferson cross country coach Megan Carstens said. “They are working on race tactics and executing them flawlessly. Having two front runners is exciting, but the depth of our team comes from our pack behind them.
“Mariah led the race wire to wire, and really pushed through the middle mile today to make the effort worth it. Makenzie Hottinger is really turning it on, and has been chopping off time meet by meet.
“Nora finished as our third runner. She always runs a smart race. I’m proud of her because she really fought to hold position today through the middle mile. I’m excited with the progress of our pack of Ahna, Emily, and Julia Ball (36th, 22:24).
“Emily and Ahna are helping each other with pacing while Julia has made a huge step up by pushing herself to stay with them. Ava Gallardo (60th, 23:39) rounded out our top seven finishing with her best time of the season. The girls have a nice momentum going that will hopefully push them through the next few weeks to the postseason.”
Jefferson’s boys took 10th with a 238 score.
Ian Sande (14th, 17:24) and Logan Dzielinski (19th, 17:42) earned top 20 medals for the Eagles. Alex Marin (55th, 18:59), Colton Drew (69th, 18:16) and Alex Ellifson (81st, 19:34) also scored for Jefferson.
“The boys team worked hard today,” Carstens said. “Ian Sande and Logan Dzielinski fed off of each other nicely and worked their way up through the pack as the races progressed. They both had extremely strong finishes.
“Alex Marin finished as our third runner, with our next two scoring runner not far behind him. Colton Drew and Alex Ellifson ran smart and maintained their positions nicely throughout the race.
“Rounding out our varsity squad was freshmen Mason Marin (90th, 19:58) and Sawyer Thorp 95th, 20:20). I believe that our boys team’s best races are still ahead of them.”
Team scores — girls: Jefferson 79, Grafton 90, Pewaukee 94, Wisconsin Lutheran 121, Slinger 133, West Bend East 172, Greendale 201, Waukesha South 206, Oconomowoc 245, Hartford 261, DASH Homeschool 267, Madison La Follette 289, Janesville Parker 312, Wilmot 340, Catholic Memorial 367
Team scores — boys: Madison La Follette 56, Slinger 72, Wisconsin Lutheran 99, Greendale 111, Wilmot 166, Grafton 169, Pewaukee 177, Catholic Memorial 191, Verona 211, Jefferson 238, Hartford 248, West Bend East 291, Oconomowoc 371, Janesville Parker 380, DASH Homeschool 381.
Lake Mills girls win
Forman wins girls race
BELLEVILLE — Lake Mills placed four runners in the top 10 and scored 50 points to win the girls team title by 22 over Milton at the Belleville Invitational on Saturday.
Brooke Fair placed fourth in 21 minutes, 41 seconds to lead the L-Cats. Stacie Dressel (seventh, 22:04), Jade Pitta (eighth, 22:14), Reese Willie (10th, 22:28) and Ava Wollin (30th, 25:14) also scored for Lake Mills.
Waterloo’s girls placed sixth with a 151 score. Christina Forman won the race in 21:14 to lead the Pirates. Kaitlyn Filter (42nd, 26:49), Lily Stonestreet (46th, 27:07), Samantha Battenberg (48th, 27:15) and Christina Hollatz (53rd, 27:40) also scored for Waterloo.
Johnson Creek fielded an incomplete girls team. Hannah Constable (sixth, 21:55), Mateah Roehl (41st, 26:37) and Taylor Hallam (43rd, 26:53) competed for the Bluejays.
On the boys side, Waterloo finished ninth with a score of 221 to lead area teams.
Brenen Skalitzky (17th, 19:11), Carlos Garcia Olvera (20th, 19:19), Brandon Springer (47th, 20:44), Andrew Battenberg (67th, 22:09) and Jacob Crave (70th, 22:25) scored for the Pirates.
Lake Mills took 11th in the boys race with 294 points. Abe Flores (41st, 20:27), Ethan Lewellin (46th, 20:43), Henry Popowski (66th, 21:59), Jaren Laws (69th, 22:23) and Joseph Reuss (72nd, 22:32) scored for the L-Cats.
Johnson Creek finished 13th with 321 points. Dylan Gruss (19th, 19:17), Cole Ducklow (56th, 21:17), Jacob Constable (73rd, 22:29), Travis Christensen (86th, 25:26) and Joey Barganz (87th, 25:30) scored for the Bluejays.
Team scores — girls: Lake Mills 50, Milton 72, Evansville 83, Clinton 107, Wisconsin Heights 109, Waterloo 151, New Glarus/Monticello 169, Fennimore 191, Madison St. Ambrose 194, Belleville 211, Johnson Creek incomplete
Team scores — boys: SWCHA 61, New Glarus/Monticello 65, Milton 94, Wisconsin Heights 126, Beloit Turner 139, Evansville 141, Fennimore 171, Pecatonica/Argyle 212, Waterloo 221, Belleville 250, Lake Mills 294, Clinton 309, Johnson Creek 321, Holy Family Homeschool 387