WISCONSIN RAPIDS — The Kimberly boys cross country team won its first state championship Saturday.
The Papermakers finished with 80 points to beat second-place Madison La Follette, which finished with 99.
Kimberly’s Nicholas Rink finished third overall in 15:57.26. Derek Rink was 13th for the Papermakers in 16:23.36.
Rounding out the top five for Kimberly were Isaac Benz (29th), Rowen Ellenberg (31st) and Jack Fitzgerald (44th).
The Neenah boys finished 14th as a team. Matt Bourland led the Rockets by finishing in 30th place in 16:43.45.
In Division 2, Luke Sampson of Little Chute finished second overall in 16:09.92 and Xavier’s Luke Bailey was third in 16:21.02. Derek Hietpas of Little Chute was 12th in 16:48.34.
The Little Chute boys finished seventh as a team.
In Division 3, Garrett Franczek of Hilbert was 43rd in 17:46.94.
Appleton North came tantalizingly close to taking home some hardware from the WIAA state meet.
The Lightning finished third overall as a team in the Division 1 race with 174 points. Freshman runner Sydney Squire was the top finisher for North, placing 16th overall with a time of 19:16.37. That was also the top time for all area runners.
Eau Claire Memorial won the team title with 117 points and Arrowhead took second with 169.
“I think they ran excellent,” Appleton North coach Annette Jadin said. “We talked about the conditions but you know what? Everybody runs in the same conditions. We told them to go out there and be tough and they were. To miss second place by five points like this … I’m just so impressed with how well they did and I’m so proud of them.”
Kimberly was led by Ashyton Johnson (43rd, 19:49.37) and finished 11th with 285 points. Neenah finished 20th overall (424 points) with Hannah Sorenson pacing the Rockets with a 20:13.80 (78th).
Appleton East’s Mackenzie Larsen was the top area individual runner, placing 30th with a 19:42.26. Hortonville’s Hannah Lohrenz was 37th (19:45.40) and Appleton West’s Maddy Vantassel was 86th (20:22.12).
Eau Claire Memorial’s Aubrey Roberts was the D1 top overall finisher with a time of 17:49.98.
Freedom finished 12th overall with 239 points. Freshman Lauren Vosters placed 19th overall with a time of 19:48.71 to lead the Irish.
Pewaukee won the D2 competition with 112 points with Shorewood and Luxemburg-Casco finishing second and third, respectively.
Freshman runner Lindsey Grams of Little Chute was the area’s top overall individual finisher, placing ninth with a time of 19:24.64.
“Well take away that we’re very, very young,” Freedom varsity assistant Dean Aerts said. “We had one senior running and she turned it on at the end of the year. The future is definitely bright for us. I know we had some girls that are disappointed, but that should fuel the fire for next year. We have a proud history of being here and we’ll come back strong.”
Clintonville’s Kara Pyatskowit was 11th overall with a time of 19:32.65 and Fox Valley Lutheran’s Taylor Schulz was 97th (21:19.02).
Alicia Monson of Amery was the D2 top overall finisher (18:28.96).
In Division 3, Amherst’s Alissa Niggemann was the top finisher (19:00.40) with Oshkosh Lourdes finishing first as a team with 98 points.