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WAUPUN — Rhyer Smit had no idea how well his cohorts on the Waupun boys cross country team were doing during the Phil Leader Invite the Warriors played host to Tuesday. And he would have to wait a while to find out, too.

He was that dominant.

It took more than 30 seconds for Mayville’s Isaac Wolf to emerge from Smit’s dust and register the second-place finish in the boys 5K, and by then Smit had already had plenty of time to find a good seat and watch as teammates Adam Vanderkin (third), Josh McLinn (fourth), Triston Rockwell (10th) and Christian Hedeen (11th) filled out the score sheet to give the Warriors an equally-as-dominating 37-point margin of victory (29-66) over runner-up Kewaskum.

It’s not that Smit was surprised by what his teammates were able to do, though.

It’s just that with how far out front he was running and with how things have gone for his team thus far in 2018, he didn’t know what to make of how things might have been going in his wake.

“No, not at all,” he said. “We’ve kind of had an up and down season so far, with sickness and injuries, so we were kind of coming into this race (uncertain of what to expect).”

As for his own dominance, the sophomore — who finished in 18 minutes, 11.09 seconds to blow Wolf (18:42.57) out of the water — said he had little idea of what to expect once he crossed the finish line, either.

“I had some fans in the audience telling me how (much of a cushion) I had, but I really didn’t know,” he said. “It wasn’t my best (time)— it wasn’t a PR by any means —but I didn’t have any competition, really, to push myself.”

Vanderkin (18:45.18) was pretty close behind Wolf and took third, while McLinn (19:19.64) took fourth by exactly seven seconds ahead of Kewaskum’s Kyle Toth (19:26.64). A bit later, Rockwell (20:00.70) and Hedeen (20:10.03) both finished with little push from the 12th-place finisher, William Woolf of Horicon (20:21.36).

Meantime on the girls side, the standings at the top were much tighter — with Kewaskum edging Mayville for the title, 33-37.

The Cardinals were led by seniors Cecily Hurtienne (22:52.53) and Catlyn Mahoney (23:03.41 and junior Amber Schraufnagel (23:17.77), who finished four-five-six to anchor the squad with 15 points at the top.

Junior Mallory Firari was next, finishing ninth in 24:00.34. And senior Samantha Falstad was 13th in 24:59.39.

It all added up to a good showing for the Cardinals — just not quite as good of one as coach Bob Berry said he knows his team is capable of.

“We ran OK but I didn’t think we ran great,” he said. “We should be better than we are right now, but we forgot a little bit about what it’s like to be uncomfortable. You can’t run (a 5K) comfortably — you’re going to be uncomfortable.”

To that last point, Berry changed things up a bit for this meet in order to try and get the girls to push themselves a little harder.

“We’ve been starting (races) slow so I told them they had to go out hard, even if they died a little bit. And a couple girls did die a little bit,” he said.

Still, he’s going to stick to the plan in the hopes his team will be ready to make a push at the conference and sectional meets come mid-October.

“And it’ll either make us better,” he said, “or it won’t.”

Another new twist Tuesday — for the whole meet, not just Mayville — involved the course, which weaved around the new state of the art tennis and soccer facilities at Waupun High School after being held at Fond du Lac County Park in town in previous years.

And that had Berry, who has been at this for years, taking the times with a grain of a salt.

“The times are awful, but this course has a lot of corners and a lot of rough terrain. And I don’t know what times mean — we’ve never ran here before and nobody else has either — so it’s hard to compare times,” he said.

Other notable individual performances Tuesday included Waupun junior Peyton McGinnis (22:47.23) and Waupun freshman Naomi Aalsma (23:26.58) taking third and seventh, respectively, in the girls 5K; and Horicon senior Dawson Jollie (19:53.73), Mayville junior Emmit Hurtienne (19:57.56) and Markesan sophomore Alan Zacharias (19:59.86) taking eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively, in the boys 5K.

Boys 5K

Team scores: 1, Waupun, 29. 2, Kewaskum, 66. 3, Horicon, 87. 4, Mayville, 90. 5, Oshkosh Valley Christian, 92. 6, Wayland, 167. Markesan, incomplete.

Top 10 individuals: 1, Rhyer Smit, Waup, 18:11.09. 2, Isaac Wolf, May, 18:42.57. 3, Adam Vanderkin, 18:45.18. 4, Josh McLinn, Waup, 19:19.64. 5, Kyle Toth, Kew, 19:26.64. 6, Joshua Geffers, Valley Christian, 19:45.63. 7, Gannon Kreuser, Kew, 19:48.81. 8, Dawson Jollie, Hori, 19:53.72. 9, Emmit Hurtienne, May, 19:57.56. 10, Alan Zacharias, Mark, 19:59.86.

Waupun: 1, Rhyer Smit, 18:11.09. 3, Adam Vanderkin, 18:45.18. 4, Josh McLinn, 19:19.64. 10, Triston Rockwell, 20:00.70. 11, Christian Hedeen, 20:10.03. Horicon: 8, Dawson Jollie, 19:53.72. 12, William Woolf, 20:21.36. 14, Logan McDonald, 20:40.29. 25, Christian Nehls, 22:14.21. 28, Brandon Poler, 22:43.03. Mayville: 2, Isaac Wolf, 18:42.57. 9, Emmit Hurtienne, 19:57.56. 22, Zach Rosedahl, 21:59.17. 24, Isaac Weinberger, 22:11.24. 33, Saigan Leiberg, 23:32.49. Wayland: 26, Tony Tran, 22:22.97. 31, Ken Wang, 23:23.50. 35, Danny Liu, 24:36.03. 37, Waddah Elgizooli, 25:52.82. 38, Robert Stenzel, 27:07.21. Markesan: 10, Alan Zacharias, 19:59.86. 19, Kolbe Kimball, 21:11.19. 31, Landon Leedle, 23:00.03. 42, Cesar Hernandez, 26:39.10.

Girls 5K

Team scores: 1, Kewaskum, 33. 2, Mayville, 37. 3, Waupun, 51. 4, Horicon, 110. 5, Markesan, 119. Wayland, incomplete. Oshkosh Valley Christian, incompete.

Top 10 individuals: 1, Alyssa Butz, Kew, 21:54.92. 2, Maela Olla, Kew, 22:24.92. 3, Peyton McGinnis, Waup, 22:47.23. 4, Cecily Hurtienne, May, 22:52.53. 5, Catlyn Mahoney, May, 23:01.43. 6, Amber Schraufnagel, May, 23:17.77. 7, Naomi Aalsma, Waup, 23:26.58. 8, Amelia Lehman, Valley Christian, 23:29.93. 9, Emma Penfield, Kew, 23:40.70. 10, Mallory Firari, 24:00.34.

Mayville: 4, Cecily Hurtienne, 22:52.53. 5, Catlyn Mahoney, 23:01.43. 6, Amber Schraufnagel, 23:17.77. 9, Mallory Firari, 24:00.34. 13, Samantha Falstad, 24:59.39. Waupun: 3, Peyton McGinnis, 22:47.23. 7, Naomi Aalsma, 23:26.58. 11, Maya Bruene, 24:31.79. 14, Emily Manske, 25:20.59. 16, Emma Dobbratz, 26:28.99. Horicon: 17, Alessandra Alvarez, 26:32.68. 18, Yadira Ortiz, 26:45.82. 20, Aaleya Seifert-Doll, 26:50.71. 27, Maggie Condon, 31:13.53. 28, Jordan Bauer, 33:03.52. Markesan: 19, Hannah Brooks, 26:46.59. 21, Jozelyn Burk, 27:19.38. 24, Elani Hanefeld, 28:15.37. 26, Amanda Gonzalez, 30:16.35. 29, Cassandra Gerbitz, 34:53.11. Wayland: 24, Isabella Stromberg, 27:48.52. 30, Nea Loventorn, 31:37.56. 31, Alyssa Verwiebe, 32:31.98. 34, Lily Fedler, 34:17.05.

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