MHS runners shine at Midwest Invite

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Rob Reischel

Middleton’s girls cross country team finished third at the 30-team Midwest Invitational in Janesville last Saturday.

Hartland Arrowhead was first with 85 points, while Kimberly was second at 89. Middleton was third with 152 points, while Madison West (192) and Wisconsin Lutheran (214) rounded out the top five.

Sam Valentine was second individually, completing the 5,000-meter race in 18 minutes, 35 seconds.

“Sam Valentine continues to burn the courses,” Middleton co-coach Cindy Bremser said. “She ran another personal best and closed a 20-second gap on the top runner.”

Charlotte Sue was 21st (20:01), Erika Rader was 27th (20:20), Autumn Grim was 49th (20:57) and Iris Ohlrogge was 53rd (21:05).

“Going under 20 (minutes) is a big goal for Charlotte and it will happen soon,” Bremser said. “Erika Rader continues to improve and gain confidence and is a strong No. 3 runner on the team. 

“Autumn Grim is consistently running under 21 minutes as our No. 4. Our final scorer was Iris Ohlrogge. She continues to work very hard, but would have liked to run closer to her personal best of 20:48.”

Middleton’s boys were fourth out of 37 teams.

Madison La Follette won the meet with 70 points. Kimberly (102), Madison Memorial (142), Middleton (156) and Homestead (173) rounded out the top five.

“The boys have also continued to improve and are right on track for a great end of the season,” Bremser said.

Gus Newcomb raced to a second place finish, completing the 5,00-meter course in 15 minutes, 38 seconds. Jack Rader was fifth (16:01), Perrin Hagge was 12th (16:20), Cole Conklin Little was 68th (17:23) and Caleb Easton was 69th (17:24).

“Gus is a very smart, strong and smooth runner,” Bremser said. “Jack Rader continues to maintain the No. 2 spot, again with another personal-best. Breaking 16 (minutes) is a goal and will put him among the elite high school runners that can go under 16. 

“Perrin Hagge, running his first high school race, has added a third strong runner to the team. Competing with this many fast athletes at such a competitive event and coming in 12th with a 16:20 is a testament to his ability. He likes to do well and will make great strides as the season progresses.”

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