Polar Bear runners finish strong
Hortonville girls place first at Bulldog Invite
By John Faucher
Soggy course conditions at Hatten Park in New London did not seem to dampen the competitiveness of the 12-team Bulldog Cross Country Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 19.
The Hortonville varsity girls’ team finished in first place, and the boys’ team finished in second overall.
Junior Hannah Lohrenz led the Polar Bears with a third place overall finish in 20:12. Junior Claire Van Beek finished fourth overall in 20:20 for Hortonville.
In the boys race, Polar Bear freshman Michael Jarvis led the team with a ninth place finish in 18:14. Junior teammate Daniel Gretzinger finished three seconds later with a 13th place overall in 18:17.
New London junior Robbie Watling crossed the finish line first for the Bulldogs in 18:26, taking 15th place out of 83 runners overall. The Bulldog boys’ team finished the meet in 8th place.
New London junior Calista Wenzel was the first Lady Bulldog across the finish line in 22:54 for 31st place out of 88 runners overall. The Bulldog girls team finished the meet in 11th place.
Top Hortonville girls’ finishes: Junior Hannah Lohrenz (3rd, 20:12), junior Claire Van Beek (4th, 20:20), freshman Alyssa Rafuse (15th, 21:56), freshman Lauren Buchinger (19th, 22:00), junior Emily Niemann (32nd, 23:05), sophomore Ellie Ramsay (37th, 23:27), and sophomore Megan Bonikowske (41st, 23:32).
Top New London girls’ finishes: Junior Calista Wenzel (30th, 22:55), sophomore Erika Dorow (38th, 23:30), freshman Taya Fecteau (45th, 23:45), senior Cassidy Pethke (48th, 23:50), junior Courtney Carpenter (67th, 24:45), freshman Sydney Stoschein (73rd, 25:17), and senior Bailey Briner (76th, 25:48).
Top Hortonville boys’ finishes: Freshman Michael Jarvis (9th, 18:15), junior Daniel Gretzinger (13th, 18:18), sophomore Dam Johnson (18th, 18:35), sophomore Joseph Nicholson (22nd, 18:44), junior Wyatt Vanhandel (23rd, 18:47), senior Brandon Main (28th, 19:07), junior Cody Lohrenz (7th, 19:15).
Top New London boys’ finishes: junior Robbie Watling (15th, 18:27), freshman Matt Dobija (43rd, 19:46), freshman Micah Ives (50th, 20:09), junior Marty Metko (51st, 20:11), senior Anthony Flores (60th, 21:04), sophomore Nick Overesch (66th, 21:53), senior Seth Harrmann (67th, 22:06).