Middleton runners shine at state

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Rob Reischel
Jack Rader helped Middleton’s boys cross country team finish fourth at state last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The conditions bordered on miserable. Rainy, slippery, soggy, muddy.

But the day itself was a historic one for Middleton’s boys cross country team.

The Cardinals finished fourth at last Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 state meet held at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. That was the highest finish in school history.

“The boys had a very successful cross country season,” Middleton coach Cindy Bremser said. “It took them the first month to have all the players run on the same team and then they improved each competition.”

Cardinals junior Gus Newcomb, who led Middleton with a fifth place individual finish, thought the Cardinals could crack the top-three. But Newcomb was still happy where Middleton finished.

“Fourth at state was good for us,” said Newcomb, who finished the 5,000-meter course in 15 minutes, 5.15 seconds. “We wanted to wait longer to see ‘Middleton’ show up on the scoreboard after the race, but we still moved up from last year (sixth), which is great on such a tough day.”

Kimberly won the boys’ title with 80 points, while Madison La Follette (99), West Bend West (114), Middleton (133) and Milwaukee Marquette (180) rounded out the top five.

Newcomb ran a sensational race, hanging around eighth place most of the way. Newcomb then made a late charge and moved up to fifth with a terrific finishing kick.

Newcomb improved by 28 positions from last year and bettered his time by 31 seconds.

“A top-five finish to me means a lot,” Newcomb said. “To be on the podium in cross country is so sweet, sweeter than the podium in track in my opinion.

“Admittedly, my goal was to be in the top-three, but it didn't happen for me and I'm proud I gave a good effort on the day. Now, I need to think of the race as a stepping stone, learn from the positives and negatives of the race and apply them. I'm excited to go back to the drawing board.”

Cardinals senior Perrin Hagge was 36th overall in 16:45.24, while sophomore Jack Rader was 39th (16:46.08).

“Perrin improved his position toward the finish,” Bremser said. “Jack Rader again ran very aggressive, running with the lead pack through one mile at 4:57. He lost some momentum in the second half and finished in the same place he finished last year.” 

Sophomore Sam Jaeger finished 53rd (16:57.13) during his first trip to state. And senior David Marrone was 74th (17:11.14) and improved his time from last year by 51 seconds.

“Sam Jaeger ran his first year at state like a veteran,” Bremser said. “He ran a very even pace.

“David Marrone ran a strong even race. He covered the last mile with power and was covered with mud in the end.”

Middleton’s terrific performance at state capped an unforgettable season.

“Second at conference, first at sectionals and fourth at state will be a year they will never forget,” Bremser said.

On the girls’ side, Middleton senior Sam Valentine was eighth individually in 18:53.57. Valentine went out with the leaders, remained strong and held on for a big finish.

“This season has no doubt been one of my better ones,” Valentine said. “I’m thankful to have stayed healthy throughout and been able to continuously improve.

“Reaching top-10 at state was definitely a big preseason goal of mine that I wasn't even sure was attainable at that time, but throughout the season I gained my racing confidence back and knew what I could achieve. Now, having reached that goal, it's a wonderful ending to my senior season.”

Cardinals sophomore Charlotte Sue was also 72nd in 20:09.99.

“Charlotte Sue experienced her first competition at state and ran a very controlled race,” Bremser said. “Running her first mile in six minutes had her in 50th place. This is a little faster than she is use to starting out, but she maintained composure and finished with a very good time.”



At Wisconsin Rapids

Saturday’s results



Team scores: Kimberly 80, Madison La Follette 99, West Bend West 114, Middleton 133, Milwaukee Marquette 180, Hartland Arrowhead 196, Madison Memorial 213, Stevens Point 217, Mequon Homestead 229, Sun Prairie 278, Hudson 281, Germantown 310, South Milwaukee 319, Neenah 323, Schofield D.C. Everest 377, Franklin 379, Waukesha North 385, Muskego 393, Onalaska 412, Green Bay Preble 414.

Top 10 individuals: 1, Gessner, Madison La Follette, 15:44; 2, Basten, Green Bay Southwest, 15:55; 3, Rink, Kimberly, 15:57; 4, Potter, Wauwatosa East, 16:02; 5, Newcomb, Middleton, 16:05; 6, Anderson, Schofield D.C. Everest, 16:05; 7, Bosley, Mequon Homestead, 16:13; 8, Farrell, Janesville Craig, 16:14; 9, Perez, Stevens Point, 16:17; 10, Legg, Madison La Follette, 16:17.

Middleton results (places are listed among only team competitors)

Middleton — 3, Gus Newcomb, 16:05; 23, Perrin Hagge, 16:45; 26, Jack Rader, 16:46, 34, Sam Jaeger, 16:57; 47, David Marrone, 17:11. 



Team scores: Eau Claire Memorial 117, Hartland Arrowhead 169, Appleton North 174, Sun Prairie 183, Milwaukee DSHA 193, Brookfield East 202, Whitefish Bay 206, Waukesha West 231, Madison West 262, Oak Creek 283, Kimberly 285, Madison Memorial 291, Oconomowoc 294, Germantown 316, Pulaski 330, Bay Port 332, La Crosse Central 332, Muskego 358, West Bend West 398, Neenah 424.

Top 10 individuals: 1, Roberts, Eau Claire Memorial, 17:49, 2, Davre, Whitefish Bay, 18:28, 3, Van Wie, Sun Prairie, 18:32, 4, Scott, Milwaukee DSHA, 18:42, 5, Pringle, Sun Prairie, 18:45, 6, Werking, Brookfield East, 18:48, 7, Roeske, Eau Claire Memorial, 18:51, 8, Valentine, Middleton, 18:53, 9, Kalander, Mequon Homestead, 18:55, 10, Jochims, Muskego, 18:55.

Middleton runners: 8, Sam Valentine, Middleton, 18:53; 72, Charlotte Sue, Middleton, 20:09.

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