Cross country: WLA 2nd behind Bilitz victory; Laconia wins at Winneconne

Cross country: WLA 2nd behind Bilitz victory; Laconia wins at Winneconne


Cross country: WLA 2nd behind Bilitz victory; Laconia wins at Winneconne


The Winnebago Lutheran boys cross country team took second place Thursday at the Kiel Invite.

Mitchell Bilitz won the individual race in 16 minutes, 51 seconds, beating the runner-up by 29 seconds. Not far behind was WLA’s Eric Bilitz in fourth place in 17:50. The Vikings’ third runner was Brady Kollmann in 14th place with his time of 18:52.

Fourth-place Waupun also had two top-10 finishers. Andrew Klapper ran in 17:30 for third, and Bryce Verhayen took sixth in 18:13.

St. Lawrence was ninth, but the Hilltoppers’ top runner was Erin Urness, who took 26th in 19:21. Springs was 12th led by Alan Burkart’s 25th place time of 19:20.

In the girls meet, Springs had two of the five fastest runners, and took sixth place as a team.

Abby Busse took third in 16:16, and Liz Bohn finished in fifth in 16:32. Busse was 31 seconds behind the winner.

WLA was next best among area teams in eighth, led by Abaigeal Theander, who was 22nd in 17:38.

Hannah Smith (43rd, 19:15) paced Waupun to 12th and Montana Braun (41st, 19:04) was fastest for 13th placed New Holstein.

Winneconne Invite

The Laconia boys team had three top-10 runners and beat Waupaca 46-50 for first place.

Chad Stahmann (fifth, 18:21), Zach Zimmerman (sixth, 18:39) and Mitchell Freiberg (ninth, 18:45) led Laconia’s balanced effort. All seven runners finished in the top 21 out of 63 runners.

Markesan was third as a team with Tate Hillmann leading the Hornets in 17th with his time of 19:35. Campbellsport was fifth (128) led by 10th-placed Sam Candee, who ran the 5,000 meters in 18:53. Chase Lindgren was the Cougars’ next fastest at 20:47 for 24th.

Laconia had the runner-up in the girls race, as Hailey Isaac ran the 4K in 16:22, finishing 21 seconds out of the top spot. However, Laconia took fourth place as a team.

Markesan was sixth led by Michelle Deaver (30th, 21:11), Campbellsport was seventh (184) led by Brianna Gruenwald (31st, 21:13), and North Fondy/Oakfield’s incomplete team was paced by Jenny Schwersinski (32nd, 21:21).

Dodge County Meet

At the Dodge County Meet, Mayville’s Chance Feller took third place in 18:58. Ryan Biffert took 15th in 20:21 for Lomira’s best finish. Mayville took second as a team behind host Beaver Dam, and Lomira was sixth.

Mayville’s Brittaney Danner had the best area time in the girls meet. She ran 18:40 for 12th place. Lomira’s seven runners occupied seven of the eight spots from 18th through 25th. Ashley Nehls took 18th in 19:04 to lead the Lions. Lomira was fourth as a team, and Mayville was fifth.

Hannah Roddy had CWC’s best time in 22:38 for 45th.


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