WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Mauston cross country teams may consider Saturday’s meet as a warmup for the state final.
Should either team or any runners reach the state final for the Golden Eagles, they will be able to draw upon recent experience at Ridges Golf Course for their season-finale effort.
Mauston’s boys and girls teams were among large fields in the Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln Invitational and one earned a top-5 finish. The Golden Eagles earned a 3rd-place finish overall in the girls division with 122 points and a runner-up spot among Division 2 and 3 teams, led by a top-5 finish from Journey Malacina.
She finished the run in 19 minutes, 54.87 seconds to place fourth on the individual board. Stevens Point (57) edged Wisconsin Dells (58) by a single point to claim the team win while the Golden Eagles were four points ahead of Darlington (126) for third.
“(Our) goal was to be in the top 3 in the (2-3) division(s),” Mauston coach Bill DeVoe said. “But the most impressive part of their team performance was placing in the top 3 overall.”
Anna Boppart (21:13.02) added a top-20 finish by placing 18th; Grace Hammer (21:41.41) was 28th; Mya Scully (22:02.91) was 35th and Isabella Kemp (22:46.38) was 44th.
Mauston’s boys team finished 13th among the 21 teams in its division with 352 points. Stevens Point (54) also won the boys division.
Josiah Ziebell earned the Golden Eagles’ lone top-50 finish, placing 46th in 18:01.55. Luke Boppart (18:07.82) was 55th; Jacob Cafferty (18:21.84) was 65th; Ray Gruman (18:48.11) was 91st and Dylan Dearth (19:11.93) was 108th.
“This meet was our final tune-up as we approach our championship series, sectionals and state,” DeVoe said. “A fast course and some of the best teams in the state is a great venue to evaluate training and all the other preparation our teams have put into our season.”
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Owen Jones earned a top-10 finish for the New Lisbon boys team in Saturday’s event at Tomah.
His time of 18:48 put him 10th and helped the Rockets to fifth in the team standings with 118 points. Tomah (26) won the event and Necedah (208) was seventh.
Holden Rydmark (19:20) added an 18th-place finish for New Lisbon; Colin Wesolek (19:39) led the Cardinals with a 25th-place finish.
Both the Rockets and Cardinals had top-25 finishers in the girls event. Catrina Johnson led New Lisbon with an 18th-place finish in 22:50 and Anetha Vogele (23:20) was 21st for Necedah.
Westby (40) topped the girls standings and Necedah (157) was sixth while New Lisbon could not submit a team score.
Royall had a top-20 finisher in the girls event and a top-50 finisher in the boys event at Riverdale on Saturday.
Tenley Wopat placed 18th for the Panthers in the girls division with a time of 22:11.7; Madeline Wainwright (25:12.7) was 59th.
Nolan McKittrick (19:41.2) was 44th in the boys division; Tyler Johnson (20:59.8) was 67th. Royall was 15th in the boys standings with 383 points while Southwestern (47) earned the team win.