Valentine wins Stoughton Invite

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Rob Reischel
Middleton senior Sam Valentine won the Stoughton Invite last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

It’s already been a memorable year for Middleton girls cross country standout Sam Valentine.

And last Saturday, Valentine added another chapter to her story at the star-studded Stoughton Invite.

Valentine won the meet by finishing the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 37 seconds. Valentine’s big day helped Middleton finish second at the 13-team invite.

“Sam Valentine continues to be the top athlete on our team, but also able to compete with the top athletes in the state,” said Middleton coach Cindy Bremser. “She won the race with her strength and pulling away after the second mile.”

Appleton North won the girls title with just 29 points, while Middleton was second at 70. Sun Prairie (94), Stoughton (126) and Waunakee (165) rounded out the top five.

After Valentine, sophomore Erika Rader was ninth (20:08) and sophomore Charlotte Sue was 11th (20:13). Senior Milena Martin was 24th (20:58) and senior Autumn Grim was 25th (21:01).

“Our next three runners, Erika Rader, Charlotte Sue and Milena Martin, all went under the 21-minute mark and continue to improve,” Bremser said. “Our fifth runner, Autumn Grim, ran not feeling 100%, but still placed a strong 25th.”

Middleton’s boys finished fourth overall. Madison La Follette won the title with 39 points, while Stevens Point (88), Sun Prairie (92), Middleton (104) and Madison Memorial (118) rounded out the top five.

The Cardinals finished fourth despite the fact No. 1 runner Gus Newcomb wasn’t feeling well and dropped out.

“Even without his score the boys placed fourth in a very competitive field,” Bremser said. “Each week the team is getting stronger and we have faith that our top runners will all run their best at conference and the postseason. We have not had our seven best runners all together in one race yet this season.”

Sophomore Jack Rader finished fourth overall in 16:21, while senior Perrin Hagge was sixth (16:31). Sophomore Sam Jaeger was 21st (16:55), freshman Caleb Easton was 36th (17:21) and senior David Marrone was 37th (17:22).

“Jack ran aggressive from the start,” Bremser said.

“Perrin is trying to get used to racing 5,000 meters after being very competitive in an 800- and 1,600-meters (in track). He has great work ethic and will continue to improve. 

“Another success was Sam Jaeger breaking 17 minutes for the first time. He is quiet, but very determined and talented.”

Middleton’s boys also won the Big Eight Conference Grade Level Challenge last Tuesday at Lake Park in Madison. The Cardinals’ girls finished second.

Rader won the sophomore race and finished first among all runners at the event. Jaeger was fourth in the sophomore race and John Jones was eighth.

Michael Madoch won the freshman race, and Caleb Easton finished second. Hagge was third among seniors and Newcomb was fifth among juniors.

Middleton’s girls finished second behind Sun Prairie.

Both Valentine and freshman Elizabeth Pansegrau were second in their respective races. Junior Madeline Ace was third and sophomore Charlotte Sue finished fifth. Sophomore Erika Rader, junior Maya Gibson and senior Milena Martin all placed sixth.

The meet is fun and a change of pace because athletes compete against their same class with the top seven positions scoring among each class competition,” Bremser said. “The top varsity athletes approached this race trying to change their tempo within the race and the younger athletes used it as an experience to race against their peers. The outcomes were very positive.”


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