Waupun beats WLA in CC battle; Springs girls second

Waupun beats WLA in CC battle; Springs girls second


Waupun beats WLA in CC battle; Springs girls second


The Waupun boys cross country team topped WLA 45-49 for the large-school team title at the Laconia Cross Country Invite on Tuesday.

The results were flipped in the individual competition. WLA had the champion (Mitchell Bilitz, 16:15), third spot (Eric Bilitz, 17:07) and the fifth spot (Brady Kollmann, 17:39), while Waupun occupied second place (Andrew Klapper, 16:49), fourth place (Bryce Verheyen, 17:24) and sixth place (Josh Knowlton, 17:59).

Laconia ran in the small-school division, but its top runners matched the large school runners. Chad Stahmann won the small school individual title in a time of 17:32. Zach Zimmerman was five second back and Mitchell Freiberg finished in 18:08.

Third-place St. Lawrence had three top-10 runners finishing in a row. Joseph Nguyen, Erin Urness and Uriel Diaz finished one second apart beginning with Nguyen’s eighth-place time of 18:07.

Springs was sixth in the big-school division, with Alan Burkart leading the way with a time of 18:16 in 12th. Andrew Skiff was one place back in 18:19.

North Fondy/Oakfield took seventh led by Ryan Easterson in 30th.

In the small school competition, Tate Hillmann led Markesan in 18:28, and Luke Jonker had CWC’s best time of 20:30 for 29th place.

Springs took second in the girls race behind Berlin with Liz Bohn earning runner-up honors. Her time of 15:26 was 28 seconds behind a runner from Berlin. Springs also had the third-place runner with Abby Busse running in 15:53 and Paige Case took 11th in 17:43.

WLA was fourth led by seventh-place Abaigeal Theander in 16:29 and ninth-place Mariah Giffey in 17:25. Waupun finished fifth paced by Hannah Smith, who took 14th in 17:51, while North Fondy’s Jenny Schwersinski took 26th in 19:28.

Laconia won the small school division and had the third fastest runner at the meet. Hailey Isaac cruised past the smaller competition to win in 15:45.

The Spartans also had top-10 finishes from: Grace Russow (seventh, 18:02), Kayla Jacob (eighth, 18:17) and Alex Parsons (ninth, 18:26).

Hailey Drager had Markesan’s top time of 19:22 for 20th place, Sarah Roddy led CWC in 23rd in 19:27.


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