Three individuals and a team will represent area schools Saturday, Nov. 2, at the WIAA State Cross Country Meet in Wisconsin Rapids.
Teams and individuals qualified Oct. 25-26 out of three divisions of sectionals. Iola-Scandinavia’s Leighten Fischer and Emily Sether and Amherst’s Alissa Niggemann qualified as individuals Oct. 26 after turning in top-15 Division 3 finishes at the Amherst Sectional at Standing Rocks County Park, while Clintonville had three top-10 runners to win the girls’ title at a Division 2 sectional at Waupaca High School. 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.
AMHERST – Fischer, a freshman, and Sether, a senior, finished 10th and 11th, respectively, for the Thunderbirds. Fischer turned in a time of 16:10, while Sether is making her third straight to state after crossing the finish line in 16:12.
Niggemann, a sophomore, also competed at state last year and finished second in her sectional race in 15:27.
The I-S boys and girls placed 13th and sixth, respectively; Weyauwega-Fremont’s girls placed 10th; and Amherst’s boys and girls placed 12th and third.
Places and times for the I-S boys were Chase Przybylski (28th, 19:04); Michael Schaefer (57th, 20:14); Dylan Robbins (67th, 20:33); Ian Thurston (83rd, 21:11); Stefan Nelson (87th, 21:22); Tyler Huffman (88th, 21:25); and Brandon Ibe (95th, 22:16). Besides Fischer and Sether, places and times for the I-S girls were Shelby Trzebiatowski (16th, 16:46); Natalie Gauerke (35th, 17:59); Krystal Tysdal (55th, 19:12); Emily Madson (65th, 20:02); and Ariana Garton (69th, 20:28).
W-F sophomore Caragan Volz just missed out on a return trip to state, as she finished 14th in 16:32. Other finishers for the W-F girls were Paige Kempf (57th, 19:14); Miranda Arndt (71st, 20:35); Brianne Durrant (74th, 21:44); Emily Durrant (76th, 21:53); and Brittany Durrant (83rd, 23:14). The W-F boys did not field a full team. Places and times were Logan Kobiske (51st, 19:57); Austin Goetsch (71st, 20:33); Zach Volz (73rd, 20:37); and Glen Walborn (99th, 22:10).
Other places and times for the Amherst girls besides Niggemann were Lily Kraft (22nd, 17:02); Anja Werner (24th, 17:17); Emma Barnes (32nd, 17:47); Jenny Felckowski (33rd, 17:49); Alyssa Eiden (39th, 18:20); and Sydney Karch (51st, 18:59). Places and times for the Amherst boys were Seth Barnes (37th, 19:27); Patrick Peplinski (63rd, 20:20); Riley Voss (66th, 20:30); Cameron Worzalla (72nd, 20:41); Alex Helbach (74th, 20:48) and Eric Wuthrich (108th, 23:39).
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.
WAUPACA – A pair of Eastern Valley Conference girls’ teams advanced out of Waupaca, as Clintonville edged Freedom by 16 points.
The Waupaca boys and girls placed seventh and sixth, respectively. Places and times for the Comet boys were Mitchell Rotta (17th, 17:54); Hunter Smith (29th, 18:25); Eric Bolwerk (45th, 18:55); Ryan Weise (47th, 19:01); Parker Sweeney (51st, 19:08); Ben Waitrovich (91st, 20:35); and Bret Koski (98th, 22:08). Places and times for the girls were Autumn Schultz (17th, 17:13); Ashley Jeske (28th, 17:42); Michelle Petkovsek (35th, 17:52); Victoria Nowak (49th, 18:29); Alisa Blank (53rd, 18:35); Raina Eddy (77th, 19:20); and Bailey Wanty (83rd, 19:21).
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).
Also advancing to state were the Freedom and Oconto Falls boys’ teams.