Newcomb powers MHS runners

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Rob Reischel

Gus Newcomb and Middleton’s boys cross country team had a memorable day at the Big Eight cross country meet last Saturday.

Newcomb finished in second place individually and led the Cardinals to a second place finish in the team standings.

Madison La Follette, the top-ranked team in the state, won the team title with 59 points. Middleton finished a close second with 60 points.

Sun Prairie (87), Madison Memorial (89) and Verona (139) rounded out the top five.

“This was an amazing accomplishment for the boys team to run that close to the No. 1 ranked team in the state and beat other conference rivals that had surpassed us in previous meets,” Middleton coach Cindy Bremser said. “The entire team showed up for this competition and ran like champions.”

La Follette junior Finn Gessner won the individual title, completing the 5,000-meter course in 15 minutes, 15 seconds. Newcomb was second in 15:38 and Cardinals senior Perrin Hagge was fifth (15:59).

Middleton sophomore Jack Rader was ninth (16:07), sophomore Sam Jaeger was 20th (16:33) and senior David Marrone was 24th (16:40).

“Gus Newcomb … ran a very smart race, not going out as fast,” Bremser said. “But after the first mile he continued to pick off other runners and ran with the second La Follete runner. With less than a mile he made a strong push and held onto second place.

“Perrin Hagge was a little more tentative in the beginning covering mile one in 5:15. He had a lot of space to make up and did it very gradually. Since he is such a great 800-meter runner, he is able to move up a lot in the last part of the race. He showed his tremendous strength by working his way up to the No. 5 position.”

Middleton senior Sam Valentine finished second in the girls’ race, but the Cardinals finished fourth as a team.

Sun Prairie won the girls’ title with 40 points, while Madison West was second at 63. Madison Memorial (64), Middleton (75) and Janesville Craig (156) rounded out the top five.

“Even though we were fourth, the girls ran very well,” Bremser said.

Valentine finished in 18:04, just off the winning time of 17:57 by Sun Prairie’s McKensey Van Wie.

Middleton sophomore Charlotte Sue was 14th (19:50), senior Autumn Grim was 16th (20:08), sophomore Erika Rader was 19th (20:08) and senior Milena Martin was 24th (20:27).

“Sam Valentine continues to burn the courses setting a personal record with each race,” Bremser said.

Middleton is now at the Waunakee Sectional Saturday at Ripp Park in Waunakee. The girls’ race begins at 11 a.m. and the boys’ race starts at 11:45 a.m.

 

BOYS

Team scores: Madison La Follette 59; Middleton 60; Sun Prairie 87; Madison Memorial 89; Verona 139; Madison West 142; Janesville Craig 151; Madison East 199; Janesville Parker 240; Beloit Memorial 285.

Top 10 individuals: 1, Gessner, ML, 15:15; 2, Newcomb, Mid, 15:38; 3, Trevor Legg, ML, 15:38; 4, Farrell, JC, 15:52; 5, Hagge, Mid, 15:59; 6, Helstad, SP, 16:02; 7, Bender, JC, 16:05; 8, Vander Meer, MM, 16:05; 9, Rader, Mid, 16:07; 10, Rohn-Capella, ME, 16:19.

Middleton — 2, Newcomb 15:38; 5, Hagge 15:59; 9, Rader 16:07; 20, Jaeger 16:33; 24, Marrone 16:40. 

At Blackhawk GC, Janesville, 5,000 meters.

GIRLS

Team scores: Sun Prairie 40; Madison West 63; Madison Memorial 64; Middleton 75; Janesville Craig 156; Janesville Parker 157; Madison La Follette 208; Verona 219; Madison East 242; Beloit Memorial 288.

Top 10 individuals: 1, Van Wie, SP, 17:57; 2, Valentine, Mid, 18:04; 3, Pringle, SP, 18:16; 4, Sippy, JC, 19:07; 5, Eigenberger, MM, 19:18; 6, Kiernan, MW, 19:19; 7, Owca, MM, 19:23; 8, Hacker, MW, 19:26; 9, Peterson, MM, 19:32; 10, Bartholomew, MW, 19:36.

Middleton — 2, Valentine 18:04; 14, Sue 19:50; 16, Grim 20:08; 19, Rader 20:16; 24, Martin 20:27. 

At Blackhawk GC, Janesville, 5,000 meters.

 

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