Runners qualify for state
W-F girls finish second at sectional
By Greg Seubert
Will the fourth time be the charm for Erika Kisting?
That remains to be seen, but the Iola-Scandinavia senior is preparing for her fourth and final trip to the WIAA State Cross Country Championships, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, at The Ridges Golf Club in Wisconsin Rapids.
Kisting, who finished seventh in Division 3 at last year’s state meet, third as a sophomore and 20th as a freshman, leads a contingent of runners from Iola-Scandinavia, Weyauwega-Fremont and Amherst.
Another I-S senior, Joe Makovec, is making his second straight trip to state after placing 25th last year.
Weyauwega-Fremont and Amherst are sending their girls’ and boys’ teams, respectively, after they each placed second Oct. 21 at a WIAA sectional meet in Westfield.
The top two teams from each sectional and top five individuals not on a qualifying team advance to state.
Scheduled race times at state are Division 1 girls, noon; Division 3 girls, 12:40 p.m.; Division 2 girls, 1:20 p.m.; Division 1 boys, 2 p.m.; Division 3 boys, 2:35 p.m.; and Division 2 boys, 3:10 p.m.
Kisting won the girls’ race in 20:15, eight seconds ahead of second-place finisher Kara Troxel of Bonduel. Makovec placed third in the boys’ race in 18:12.
Weyauwega-Fremont’s Allison Halat also had a top-10 finish, as she placed eighth in the girls’ race in 22:37 and led the Indians to a second-place finish behind Bonduel.
Joining Halat at state for Weyauwega-Fremont are Kaitlyn Monty (11th, 23:19); Natalie Schneider (17th, 24:04); Saylor Alberts (20th, 24:24); Katie Bleck (35th, 25:47); Rylee Bartel (40th, 26:05); and Mikyla Reeck (47th, 26:49).
Also finishing for Iola-Scandinavia were Makenna Brown (28th, 25:06); Natalie Rustad (34th, 25:40); Lexi Gladd (54th, 27:23); and Haley Ullom (73rd, 31:11).
Manawa’s runners included Kate Phelan (50th, 27:11); Samantha Scheuermann (52nd, 27:14); Sierra Lubahn (62nd, 28:55); Andrea Weber (69th, 30:09); and Aspen Linjer (70th, 30:41).
Team scores for the girls were Bonduel (62), Weyauwega-Fremont (91), Amherst (127), Gillett (163), Coleman (164), Westfield/Montello (170), Crivitz (183), Princeton/Green Lake (184), Laconia (189), Iola-Scandinavia (190), Oconto (224), Manawa (303) and Markesan (310). St. Mary Catholic had an incomplete team.
A pair of top-five finishes helped the Amherst boys’ team return to state for the second year in a row after placing 14th in 2016.
Adam Wise and Cole McKenzie placed fourth and fifth for the Falcons in 18:12 and 18:34, respectively. Amherst’s other runners included Sawyer Eiden (18th, 19:48); David Rieck (19th, 19:54); Robert Johannes (43rd, 21:25); Trent Miller (49th, 21:51); and Trevor Carlson (63rd, 24:09).
Weyauwega-Fremont’s Patrick Long qualified as an individual for his first state meet after placing fifth in 18:29. Also placing for the Indians were Jacob Carroll (30th, 20:32); Lupe Hernandez (35th, 20:59); Carson Kester (53rd, 22:34); Chris Strehlow (56th, 22:59); Jakob Mills (65th, 24:37); and Nick Loehrke (70th, 25:54).
Iola-Scandinavia’s runners besides Makovec were Erick Kriewaldt (39th, 20:53); Erik Grenlie (60th, 22:11); and Bryce Johnson (67th, 22:40).
Manawa’s runners included Jacob Scheller (83rd, 24:07); Devin Loughrin (90th, 25:28); and Ethan Tellock (97th, 28:14).
Team scores for the girls were Bonduel (83), Amherst (88), Princeton/Green Lake (91), Pardeeville (126), Coleman (137), Oconto (146), St. Mary Catholic (159), Laconia (175), Weyauwega-Fremont (178), Westfield/Montello (203) and Markesan (285). Iola-Scandinavia, Manawa, Menominee Indian, Gresham/Bowler, Marion, Crivitz, Gillett and Wolf River Lutheran had incomplete teams.
Medford and Lakeland finished first and second for the boys and Freedom and Lakeland advanced on the girls’ side.
The Waupaca girls placed 15th. Kristin Petkovsek led the Comets by placing 62nd in 24:21, followed by Karina Lisogor (69th, 24:58); Mya Snyder (78th, 25:57; Brooke Hansen (82nd, 26:49); Justine Panzenhagen (89th, 27:22); Miranda Brunner (99th, 30:14); and Sarah Shambeau (100th, 30:31).
Team scores for the girls were Freedom (43), Lakeland (73), Medford (85), Mosinee (177), Tomahawk (187), Marinette (209), Shawano and Peshtigo (217), Seymour (218), Rhinelander (226), New London (240), Northland Pines (310), Clintonville (358), Oconto Falls (371) and Waupaca (380).
Waupaca’s placers for the boys were Colby Nimmer (26th, 18:42); Danny Esch (38th, 19:01); Andy Schroeder (55th, 19:28); Tyler Rogney (61st, 19:42); Abram Jackson (64th, 19:50); Dayton Bell (81st, 20:55); and Arthur Lisogor (88th, 22:35).
Team scores for the boys were Medford (78), Lakeland (89), Oconto Falls (138), Tomahawk (141), New London (145), Northland Pines (186), Freedom (203), Seymour (221), Mosinee (223), Shawano (229), Marinette (234), Peshtigo (240), Waupaca (244) and Rhinelander (258). Clintonville had an incomplete team.