Leighten Fischer and Erika Kisting have become an effective one-two punch for the Iola-Scandinavia cross country team.
The sophomore and freshman placed first and second, respectively in the girls’ race Oct. 2 at the Waupaca Invitational.
They weren’t the only local runners to have a big day at meet, as Mitchell Rotta placed third to lead the Waupaca boys to a first-place finish and Waupaca’s Michelle Petkovsek placed third behind Fischer and Kisting.
Fischer, a sophomore, and Kisting, a freshman, completed the course in 20:37, 10 seconds ahead of Petkovsek. The I-S girls placed fourth out of nine teams behind Fox Valley Lutheran, Berlin and Peshtigo, while Waupaca finished seventh.
Also running for the T-Birds were Shelby Trzebiatowski (15th, 22:07); Natalie Rustad (30th, 23:17); Ariana Garton (57th, 25:41); and Emily Madson (60th, 26:50).
Waupaca’s other runners in the girls’ race were Mya Snyder (22nd, 22:48); Alisa Blank (44th, 23:47); Ashley Jeske (45th, 23:51); Victoria Nowak (49th, 24:25); Kristin Petkovsek (50th, 24:40); and Lexi Phillips (56th, 25:26).
Rotta turned in a time of 17:37, while other Waupaca runners included Ryan Wiese (10th, 18:45); Erick Bolwerk (11th, 18:47); Parker Sweeney (16th, 19:04); Hunter Smith (17th, 19:08); Ryan Esch (28th, 20:07); and Ben Waitrovich (30th, 20:27).
The Comets finished with 57 points, two ahead of second-place finisher Winneconne, which had two runners in the top six.
The I-S boys placed 10th and runners included Chase Przybylski (seventh, 18:31); Michael Schaefer (45th, 21:33); Tyler Huffman (53rd, 22:25); Sam Jarosh (58th, 23:14); Ian Thurston (65th, 25:25); and Trenton Niemi (68th, 27:45).
Weyauwega-Fremont did not field a complete team, but had two runners in each race. Glenn Walborn (73rd, 23:07) and Austin Baehnman (84th, 24:16) ran in the boys’ race, while Marlen Leyva (35th, 23:28) and Emily Durrant (93rd, 28:01) ran in the girls’ race.