Clintonville’s girls’ squad has advanced to the WIAA State Cross Country Meet, set for Saturday, Nov. 2, at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
Clintonville had three top-10 runners to win the girls’ title Oct. 26 at a Division 2 sectional in Waupaca. Jessica Petruzates, Allison Johnson and Sara Messner placed sixth, ninth and 10th, respectively, while the rest of the team included Brianna Gretzinger, Danielle Kiefer, Katie Collier and Aubrey Netzel.
“The team worked hard for this. It was a true team effort,” said Coach Jeff Crumbaugh. “We had to overcome many obstacles to become Sectional Champs and we are grateful to all those who have helped us. We have not really rested all season long so we will taper off this week and race on fresh legs this Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. The girls are really excited to go to state and hope to do well there.”
A pair of Eastern Valley Conference girls’ teams advanced out of Waupaca, as Clintonville edged Freedom by 16 points.
Clintonville’s places and times for the girls were Petruzates (sixth, 16:36); Johnson (ninth, 16:48); Messner (10th, 16:51); Gretzinger (22nd, 17:25); Kiefer (47th, 18:25); Collier (81st, 19:21); and Netzel (108th, 23:19). Places and times for the boys, who placed 15th, were Travis Eanone (66th, 19:26); Trent Marheine (67th, 19:31); Noah Hartleben (70th, 19:34); Brady Shauger (96th, 21:31); Clayton Kauth (99th, 24:18); and Kelvyn VanLaarhoven (100th, 25:52).
The New London boys and girls each placed 11th. Places and times for the boys were Dennis Christensen (21st, 18:07); Eric Spoehr (23rd, 18:10); Schyler Garza (60th, 19:18); Samuel Porath (65th, 19:24); Houston Schroeder (79th, 19:48); Landon Overesch (83rd, 19:58); and Evan Taber (89th, 20:29. Places and times for the girls were Kara Hoier (eighth, 16:42); Calista Wenzel (38th, 18:01); Candice Zehner (44th, 18:13); Shannon Cross (72nd, 19:08); Anna Malueg (91st, 19:46); Muriel Metko (92nd, 19:49); and Bailey Briner (98th, 20:10).
Also advancing to state were the Freedom and Oconto Falls boys’ teams.
The Manawa boys and girls placed 17th and 13th, respectively. Places and times for the boys were Jared Zielke (56th, 20:11); Andrew Scheller (68th, 20:35); Brad Grimm (91st, 22:02); Tristan Selle (100th, 22:34); Darryn Claussen (103rd, 22:55); Shawn Hoeft (111th, 24:10); and Adam Michalowski (112th, 26:03). Places and times for the girls were Haley Ingersall (54th, 19:04); Lexi Smiles (60th, 19:38); Anna Arndt (66th, 20:06); Megan Luedke (78th, 22:23); Allison Bristol (79th, 337); and Brianna Severson (80th, 22:26).
Bonduel and Laconia advanced to state after finishing 1-2 on the boys’ side, while Lourdes Academy and Brillion’s girls’ teams are also moving on.