Valders boys finish 1st as team honors Jacob Andrew

Valders boys finish 1st as team honors Jacob Andrew

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Valders boys finish 1st as team honors Jacob Andrew

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It was cold, windy and occasionally drizzly during Valders’ Bob Burzynski Invitational on Thursday, but that didn’t phase any of the Vikings’ runners. Not after they prepared for their races by tying gold ribbons around a tree planted in dedication of Jacob Andrew.

It was the first Invitational in two years without Jacob — an avid cross country fan who died two days before his fifth birthday of neuroblastoma on March 11 — in attendance. Dedicating their races to Jacob and with his parents Joel and Jennifer Andrew, the Valders boys cross country team finished first out of seven teams in Division 1 with 28 points while the girls were second with 52 points to trail Luxemburg Casco’s 34.

After being diagnosed in January of 2010 with the condition found in children that produces a tumor in nerve tissue, he was introduced to the Valders boys and girls cross-country program by his baby sitter, neighbor and then-Vikings junior runner Mariah Emme. The Vikings adopted him and he became the team’s rallying cry that season.

Now, with the tree and a plaque being placed on Monday near where the team runs during practice and starts its home events, Andrew will be the rallying cry for many more seasons to come. As the plaque reads: “We have and always will … run for you.”

“Sometimes runners think they have a lot of pain. But you look at a kid like him, going through that pain, it puts things in perspective,” Valders coach Bill Deitrich said. “He was always upbeat. The kids latched on to him. It was inspiring.”

Valders’ Michael Evans (16:36) and Joey Kinscher (17:07) were first and second individually, respectively, while the girls were led by Beth Evans (second, 16:14) and Jacqui Wenzel (10th, 17:00).

Reedsville and Mishicot also competed at the invite in the six-team Division 2, with the Panthers’ boys finishing fourth with 111 points behind winner Oostburg’s 42 and the girls finishing sixth with 145 behind winner Howards Grove’s 46.

Mishicot, which could not qualify as a team, was led on the girls side by Kelsey Murzyn (19th, 19:28) who finished behind the Panthers’ Rachel Riechert (ninth, 18:26). Algoma’s Whitney Gbert won with a time of 18:08.

For the boys, the Panthers were led by Alex Drevs (sixth, 17:55) while the Indians were led by John Egdorf (10th, 18:47). Oostburg’s Sam Wensink won with a time of 16:57.

Bob Burzynski Invitational

Boys Division 1

Team results: 1. Valders 28, 2. Chilton 55, 3. Luxemburg-Casco 73, 4. Winneconne 114, 5. Sheboygan Falls 160, 6. Sturgeon Bay 176, 7. New Holstein 177

Valders — 1. Michael Evans 16:36, 2. Joey Kinscher 17:07, 6. Derek Doescher 17:18, 8. Tom Meidl 17:33, 11. Joey Krizek 17:48

Boys Division 2

Team results: 1. Oostburg 42, 2. Hilbert 56, 3. Brillion 58, 4. Reedsville 111, 5. Howards Grove 118, 6. Elkhart Lake 140

Reedsville — 5. Alex Drevs 17:55, 18. Colby Kasten 20:05, 24. Mitch Schwahn 20:41, 30. Joel Luedtke 21:57, 34. Rhodey Sorenson 22:12

Mishicot — 10. John Egdorf 18:49, 47. Jordan Sisel 23:16, 49. Ryan Hutterer 23:47, 51. Owen Kappelman 26:39

Girls Division 1

Team results: 1. Luxemburg-Casco 34, 2. Valders 52, Chilton 85, 4. Sheboygan Falls 88, Winneconne 124, Sturgeon Bay 161, New Holstein 228

Valders — 2. Beth Evans 16:14, 10. Jacqui Wenzel 17:00, 12. Angie Brandl 17:05, 13. Morgan Kelly 17:06, 15. Paige Neumeyer 17:12

Girls Division 2

Team results: 1. Howards Grove 46, 2. Brillion 64, 3. Hilbert 69, 4. Algoma 98, 5. Oostburg 133, 6. Reedsville 145, 7. Elkhart Lake 178, 8. Ozaukee 202

Reedsville — 9. Rachel Reichert 18:26, 20. Chloe Eckstein 19:33, 36. Dana Krepline 20:36, 37. Rachel Mangin 20:41, 39. Edith Hughes 20:53

Mishicot — 19. Kelsey Murzyn 19:28, 55. Christine DeVries 29:59

Bay Port Pirate Invitational

Carly Terp finished second overall for the Two Rivers girls with a time of 15:25.95, while Sam Bianchi led the boys (17:10.54) by coming in eighth at Bay Port.

Allie Wachowski (15:56.75) and Kristy Terp (16:13.46) finished in the top 10 for the girls, taking eighth and 10th, respectively.

As a team, the girls were tied for second with Appleton North, 65 points each, out of the eight-team field. The boys, meanwhile, were sixth (103).

Bay Port Pirate Invitational

Boys

Team results: 1. Appleton North 61, 2. Sheboygan South 84, 3. De Pere 85, 4. Bay Port 94, 5. Shawano 99, 6. Two Rivers 103, 7. West De Pere 182, 8. Oshkosh Lourdes 215

Two Rivers — 7. Sam Bianchi 17:11, 16. Nick Geiger 17:42, 17. Nathan Grall 17:44, 28. Josh Krahn 18:07, 35. Caden Bennin 18:36

Girls

Team results: 1. Bay Port 53, 2. Appleton North 65, 2. Two Rivers 65, 4. Oshkosh Lourdes 70, 5. De Pere 130, 6. Shawano 155, 7. Sheboygan South 176, 8. West De Pere 235

Two Rivers — 2. Carly Terp 15:26, 8. Allie Wachowski 15:57, 10. Kristy Terp 16:14; 19. Kayla Jansky 16:33, 26. Kylie Jansky 16:59

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