Season opens for cross country
Amherst, Clintonville win championships
By Greg Seubert
Three area cross country teams opened their season Aug. 25 at the Standing Rocks Invitational.
Varsity, junior varsity and middle school runners from Iola-Scandinavia, Weyauwega-Fremont and Manawa competed at the eight-team meet at Standing Rocks County Park between Amherst and Plover.
Amherst and Clintonville won boys’ and girls’ championships, respectively.
Amherst and Brillion were the only boys’ squads to field a full team. Amherst finished with 24 points, while Brillion ended up with 36. Iola-Scandinavia, Manawa, Weyauwega-Fremont, Clintonville, Marion and St. Mary Catholic had incomplete teams.
Clintonville edged Iola-Scandinavia by two points to take first among girls’ teams. Team scores were Clintonville (50), Iola-Scandinavia (52), Brillion (69), Amherst (85), Weyauwega-Fremont (107) and Marion (161). St. Mary Catholic had an incomplete team.
Runners for the I-S boys were Joe Makovec (third, 18:55.8); Erick Kriewaldt (15th, 20:16.4); and Trenton Niemi (21st, 22:59.9).
Sebastian Wagner placed 20th in 22:31.7 to lead Manawa, followed by Jonathon Lubahn (24th, 23:39.4); and Devin Loughrin (31st, 27:26.2).
Jacob Carroll placed 27th in 24:05.1 for Weyauwega-Fremont, while Chris Strehlow finished 30th in 25:17.3.
I-S had three runners in the top 10 in the girls’ varsity race. Erika Kisting placed second in 20:13.4, nearly a minute behind Clintonville’s Kara Pyatskowit, who won the race in 19:19.2.
Other finishers for the Thunderbirds were Leighten Fischer (fourth, 21:16.2); Jada Beacom (fifth, 22:02.2); Natalie Rustad (20th, 24:39.7); Brynn Rasmussen (23rd, 25:24.9); Makenna Brown (34th, 26:57.3); and Haley Ullom (40th, 30:51).
Weyauwega-Fremont’s finishers were Daisy Wilson (seventh, 23:10.2); Allison Halat (18th, 24:36.9); Natalie Schneider (25:39.7); Saylor Alberts (28th, 25:58.1); Katie Monty (35th, 27:07.7); and Katie Bleck (36th, 27:08.4).
Iola-Scandinavia’s Brock Wester won the boys’ middle school race, while Weyauwega-Fremont’s Abby Bartel won the girls’ race.