Cross country teams shine at River Valley

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Rob Reischel

One was second.

The other was third.

Eventually, both believe they can be No. 1.

Middleton’s cross country teams gave impressive performances at last Saturday’s River Valley Invite. The girls finished second among 19 teams in the Large Schools division, while the boys were third out of 20 teams.

It was an imposing performance by two teams that are undoubtedly trending upward.

“Our girls have a lot to celebrate and should take pride in their performances,” Middleton co-coach Cindy Bremser said.

Isaac Mezera, Middleton’s second co-coach, agreed.

“We just need to keep everyone focused and working hard, and those times will drop,” Mezera said.

Mighty Sun Prairie won the girls race with just 48 points, while the Cardinals were second at 65. Freedom (114), Holmen (156) and McFarland (159) rounded out the top five.

Middleton senior Sam Valentine was third overall, finishing in 18 minutes, 50 seconds.

“Sam … ran a gutsy race, staying in contact for the first mile with Sun Prairie’s No. 1 (McKensey Van Wie),” Bremser said. “This competition did pull her to a lifetime and very competitive personal best.”

Sophomore Charlotte Sue was eighth (20:06), while senior Autumn Grim was 16th (20:40). Sophomore Erika Rader was 18th (20:45) and sophomore Iris Ohlrogge was 20th (20:48).

“Charlotte Sue was very competitive, improving her time from last week by 31 seconds,” Bremser said. “Autumn Grim ran the most aggressive I've seen her in her career. She maintained the lead of a larger pack until about 100 meters from the finish. Running this aggressive she improved her time by more than one minute. 

“The remaining two scorers, Iris Ohlrogge and Ericka Rader, paced themselves, ran with confidence and also ran personal bests.

“The girls have been training very hard and lead by their work ethic. We are very excited to see where this young group can go.”

Madison La Follette won the boys race with 41 points, while Sun Prairie (88), Middleton (89), Dubuque, Iowa (98) and McFarland (177) rounded out the top five.

“River Valley is a great course,” Mezera said. “It races fast and challenges the runners to finish strong. 

“Despite being edged by a talented Sun Prairie team (and LaFollette again), we saw quite a few positives from the boys. We’re gaining valuable race experience with the end of the season in mind.”

Cardinals junior Gus Newcomb was second individually in 15:56, while sophomore Jack Rader was fourth (16:10).

“Gus ran a strong race, breaking the 16-minute barrier for the first time in his career,” Mezera said. “Jack Rader duked it out with Lafollette’s No. 2 runner (Trevor Legg). This brought him to an impressive new career PR.”

Senior Cole Conklin-Little was 23rd (17:18), junior Ryan Maddoch was 28th (17:25) and freshman Caleb Easton was 32nd (17:35).

“Cole (Conklin-Little) ran an impressive second half of the race, gaining valuable points for the team,” Mezera said. “All seven guys were under 18 minutes. This shows our depth this season.”


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