WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Kristy Terp gave absolutely everything she had. By the end, there was nothing left.
Just because the effort didn’t result in a state championship, well, that’s just the way it goes sometimes.
Terp blazed through the Division 2 girls race at the WIAA Cross Country Championships Saturday, taking fourth place and earning a podium finish on The Ridges Golf Course.
“It was not possible for me to go any faster,” Terp said.
She also helped lead the Raiders to a fourth-place finish as a squad.
Terp’s time of 18:52.39 was a whopping 21 seconds better than her time at sectionals.
Edgewood senior Amy Davis exploded out of the start, and began pulling away just 500 yards into the race. She finished in a blazing time of 17:46.23, winning the title by nearly 35 seconds. She was 13 seconds better than any girl on Saturday, regardless of division.
This was the first year girls ran 5,000 yards, same as the boys. Before this fall, it was 4,000.
Terp and Shorewood junior Morgan Florsheim were in a two-person group behind Davis, but Florsheim eventually settled into second and Terp into third.
Terp would be caught right before the finish by Amery junior Alicia Monson, for fourth place.
“It’s hard when someone gets you at the end,” said Terp. “But when you know you gave all you had, it’s OK.”
Meanwhile, junior Allie Wachowski took 30th in 20:00.10 and junior Kylie Jansky was 34th in 20:04.23 in Two Rivers’ strong team effort.
Also finishing for the Raiders were junior Kayla Jansky (65th, 20:33.40), sophomore Angela Henrickson (73rd, 20:45.38), sophomore Savannah Stanley (138th, 22:34.24) and sophomore Diana Henrickson (145th, 23:58.48).
“I got out good, and from what I saw my teammates did too,” said Terp.
Two Rivers finished fourth as a team with 118 team points, 19 points off a second-place podium finish. Green Bay Notre Dame won the title with 91.
“We’re proud of it, and to come back from last year was great,” said Kylie Jansky.
Kayla Jansky says she got caught in a pile of runners, and struggled to find her own running space.
“People would cut in front of you,” said Kayla Jansky. “You have to get off to a good start. If not, you’re stuck.”
“The hills … struggle,” added Kylie Jansky, referring mostly to the treacherous final uphill climb that can humble even the best on the course.
“It’s really hilly,” said Allie Wachowski. “The last hill was just terrible.”
“It felt like it was neverending,” quipped Kayla Jansky.
Manitowoc Lincoln senior Miranda Gove made her move, and held her spot to finish in a solid time.
Gove was caught in traffic and in 71st at the first-mile marker, but have moved her way up to the 62nd position by Mile 2.
She stayed in that pace, finishing in 64th in the Division 1 race 19:49.25, under her sectional time by seven seconds.
Gove said the enormity of the race – which featured 185 girls – made it difficult to find a groove.
“It was pretty crowded,” Gove said.
But Gove is happy with how she finished, and where she finished.
“For this being my last race,” said Gove, “it was something.”
River Falls senior Annie Frisbie won the title by 14 seconds, in a time of 17:59.14. Eau Claire Memorial won the team crown.