Cross country: WLA boys, SMS girls win Flyway titles; Leisses fifth at FVA meet; Markesan second in Trailways

Cross country: WLA boys, SMS girls win Flyway titles; Leisses fifth at FVA meet; Markesan second in Trailways

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Cross country: WLA boys, SMS girls win Flyway titles; Leisses fifth at FVA meet; Markesan second in Trailways

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Winnebago Lutheran won its first boys cross country conference championship in school history on Thursday when the Vikings scored 48 points to win the Flyway title in Lomira.

The Springs girls won their fourth consecutive conference championship.

Mitchell Bilitz finished second in 16 minutes, 33 seconds and Eric Bilitz finished third (16:43) for WLA. Brady Kollmann was the next best for the Vikings, placing seventh (17:28).

“We ran a great race from our No. 1 runner to our No. 7 runner,” said WLA coach Larry Klukas. “Since this was our first-ever guys cross country championship for WLA, this team will have a great memory to take with them into the future. All seven guys ran under 19 minutes for the first time this year.”

KML was second (65 points) and had the race winner in Garrett Miller (16:04).

St. Lawrence scored 70 points for third led by Tyler McFadeen’s 10th place (17:50). Erin Urness was 12th (17:53) for the Hilltoppers.

Laconia took fourth (71) led by Chad Stahmann’s fifth place (17:12). Zach Zimmerman was next in sixth (17:28).

Mayville was fifth (130) paced by Chance Feller’s eighth (17:32). Lomira was next in sixth (148) led by Dylan Schmidt’s 18th (18:20), and Austin Holman was 19th (18:21).

Springs took seventh (167), and Andrew Skiff was 16th (18:06) for the Ledgers. Alan Burkart was 17th for Springs (18:12).

North Fondy/Oakfield ran an incomplete team. Ryan Easterson plsvrf 34th (18:55).

Girls

Springs scored 56 points and Liz Bohn’s time of 14:48 broke Miranda Brown’s previous school record from 2010.

Abby Busse finished third (15:31), Bailey Hoch was 10th (17:05), and Paige Case was 13th (17:11) for the Ledgers.

“It’s such a thrill to come away with a fourth consecutive Flyway title,” said Springs captain Abby Busse in a release. “We worked together and ovewrcame a setback. Everyone pushed themselves to their limit and made it hurt. We really showed heart and left it all on the course.”

Laconia scored 79 points for second behind the runner-up finish of Hailey Isaac, who ran 15:13. Alex Parsons was 12th for the Spartans (17:10).

Mayville placed third (82) paced by Brittany Danner’s seventh (16:28).

Lomira came in fourth (90) Ellyn Halley led the Lions witha ninth place (17:02). Brianna Falk was next best in 16th (17:26).

WLA finished sixth (135). Abi Theander finished fourth (16:09) for the Vikings, while Mariah Giffey followed closely in sixth (16:25).

Oakfield/North Fond du Lac was eighth (246).

FVA Meet

At Kaukauna’s Countryside Golf Course, the Fond du Lac boys took sixth place with 158 points, and the Fondy girls were eighth with 179 points.

Fondy’s Chris Leisses ran 16 minutes, 47 seconds for fifth place, which was the Cardinals’ best finish.

Nolan Cunningham was Fondy’s next fastest, running to 19th place in 17:24. The rest of the qualifying runners for Fondy were: Eric Schoenbach (36, 17:58); Evan Loehr (39, 18:35) and Bryton Koepke (59, 19:45).

Kimberly won the boys team title with 51 points, and Neenah won the girls championship with 26 points. Kimberly’s Alex Rink won the boys race in 16:09, while Neenah’s Alison Parker won the girls title in 14:39.

For Fondy’s girls, Megan Buechel ran 15:49 for 15th place. The other Cardinals with qualifying times: Annie Moore (16, 15:49), Sarah Heitzman (47, 17:06); Erica Daniels (49, 17:09); Jennifer Sheridan (52, 17:16).

Trailways Meet

The Markesan boys finished as runners-up with 87 points to Princeton/Green Lake (38). Tate HIllmann was the fastest Markesan boy, placing fifth in 17:37. Kolton Zacharias was 10th (18:21).

Girls

Markesan took 10th with 212 points. Lourdes won the girls title with 73 points.

Hailey Drager was 21st for the Hornets (17:56).

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