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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 16:44

Grafton, RL/Ozaukee, Cedar Grove-Belgium all qualify for Division 2 final

Three Grafton girls landed in the top 10, leading the Hawks to a WIAA Division 2 cross-country sectional title Saturday at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne.
With the boys taking second, the Hawks’ teams made school history in qualifying both for state in the same season.
The Lady Black Hawks scored 47 points to win the 15-team race, followed by 60 for runner-up Random Lake/Ozaukee, which had the top two finishers in the race.
GRAFTON CROSS COUNTRYOzaukee senior Elise Large ran the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 18.45 seconds, continuing her streak of winning every race this season.
Large’s freshman sister, Kelley, was second in 19:49.27.
Julia Wille led Grafton with a fourth-place finish in 20:03.35. Ava Pedersen was seventh in 20:43.52, and Natalie Cherella was ninth in 20:58.94.
Zoe Leannah was 13th in 21:25.27, and Morgan Ruona was 14th in 21:27.45.
“I think this year for the girls it was a lot about experience at that next level and knowing they can achieve greatness. We talked a lot about not having any fears stand in their way and being relaxed and focused, which is what they have done all year as a team,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said.
Grafton won despite Anna Eifert, the Hawks’ second-leading runner, finishing seventh due to injury.
The Rams’ third through fifth runners ran in a tight pack. Amy Hoffman was 18th in 21:43.81, Alicia Hartmann was 19th in 21:45 and Grace Tinder was 20th in 21:46.06.
“Qualifying for the WIAA state cross country meet as a team is a huge accomplishment, as it reflects the team’s preparation through the summer months, and dedication and perseverance through the fall cross country season,” coach Stephanie Ohme said.

“The girls team appeared to have a slow start, yet Elise and Kelley Large quickly found their way to the front. Amy Hoffmann, Alicia Hartmann, and Grace Tinder found a competitive pace, and together they passed crucial ‘packs’ of runners along the course.”
The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls took third with 99 points. Payton Navis qualified for state as an individual by taking sixth in 20:32.34.
“Payton Navis ran a strong race, moving up during the second mile to claim sixth place, as she ran a personal record,” Rockets coach Brandon Langer said.
Karen Ibarra was 11th in 21:16.75, missing state by .37. Grace Voskuil was 16th (21:36.36), Anna Claerbaut was 29th (22:14.38) and Katie Mueller was 37th (22:29.92).
CG-B boys win, Grafton qualifies for state
Stephen Lavey took the lead in the second mile and won the sectional title in  16:42.32, leading the Rocket boys to 83 points, ahead of Grafton’s second-place 98.
“At the mile mark, we were in roughly third place as a team, but we continued to move up during the second half of the race to pull ahead of Ripon and Grafton,” Langer said.
Quinn Hoopman was 13th in 17:49.33, Brandon Wieberdink was 16th (17:52.83), Bryce Ketterhaven was 25th (18:18.43) and Ben Fleuchaus was 28th (18:20.7).
Gordy Thompson led Grafton’s boys with a third-place finish in 16:57.
Zander Lichosik finished sixth in (17:19.16), Nathan Baker was 20th (18:05.9), Derek Ruona was 27th (18:18.96) and Ben Weishan was 42nd (18:46.04).
“They have shown the potential all year in practice and at times some of them in meets but needed to have a good team race effort on race day,” Kriegel said.
“We certainly had many of the members step up at sectionals, which is why we are headed to state but still are looking for a couple of kids to step up as well.”
The Rams took 15th of 16 teams. Sam Schubert was 53rd (19:10.32), Devon Kaat was 81st (20:32.45), Marc Langel was 82nd (20:34.62), Sean Kaat was 89th (20:55.94) and Black Warnock was 98th (21:35.36).

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