On the final stretch of the WIAA Division 2 State Cross Country girls race, a rough uphill climb stretching about 120 yards, Two Rivers’ siblings Kristy and Carly Terp had to attempt to catch competitors in front of them while also fighting off a pack of challengers behind them.
They each did just enough of both to leave The Ridges Golf Course with some hardware.
Kristy Terp finished in sixth place while Carly Terp was eighth, leading Two Rivers to third place as a team, just missing out on a runner-up trophy.
Both Kristy, a junior, and her senior sister Carly, were in a leading pack of four out of more than 150 runners at the Mile 1 mark.
“That was the goal,” said Kristy.
The other two in the pack, eventual winner Morgan Florsheim of Shorewood and second-place Amy Davis of Edgewood, took turns pulling away.
The top 10 earn medals. Terp finished about one-quarter of a second behind Hannah Owens of Dodgeville/Mineral Point (14:57.64), and about one-half second in front of Audrey Janik of Wisconsin Lutheran.
Carly Terp was eighth at 15:00.09.
“I was happy with how it ended,” said Carly, the team’s lone senior. “I leave it on a good note.”
Also finishing for Two Rivers were sophomores Kayla Jansky (20th, 15:42.01) and Kylie Jansky (39th, 15:58.25), freshman Angela Henrickson (69th, 16:20.15), sophomore Allie Wachowski (86th, 16:35.46) and freshman Savannah Stanley (150th, 18:39.16).
The final hill, a long, steady incline that can humble even the best runners, proved to be just enough trouble.
“That’s terrible,” Kayla Jansky quipped about that last stretch. “I hated it,” added teammate/sister Kylie Jansky.
Florsheim, a sophomore, won the race in 14:29.10. Edgewood won the team title with 84 points. Notre Dame was second with 96, and Two Rivers had 100. The Raiders were well ahead of fourth-place Shorewood (126).
It’s clear the Raiders gave what they had, and one can’t ask for more than that.
“I feel like … I need a nap,” said Kristy Terp.
Manitowoc Lutheran senior Rachel Winter concluded her cross country career on a high note, taking 26th in 16:09.93.
That time was 10 seconds better than her sectional time a week ago.
Random Lake senior Delaney Sinnen won the race in 14:22.55. Oshkosh Lourdes took the team crown.
BOYS Division 2
Two Rivers sophomore Nathan Grall summed up his experience in the Division 2 boys race, an opinion often shared with his co-runners.
“Fun, crazy, hard,” said Grall.
Valders junior Derek Doescher took his performance to another level at State. Doescher, the top local finisher in the race, came in 30th at 16:58.84. That’s 24 seconds better than his sectional time.
TR junior Sam Bianchi was 34th in 17:04.25 (two seconds below his sectional time), while Grall came in 63rd in 17:36.12.
“The place wasn’t as good as I wanted, but I did OK,” said Bianchi.
Senior Ethan Moehn of Monroe won the race in 15:58.93. Wisconsin Lutheran took the team title.